Bobby Portis has call set with league office to discuss violent incident
Portis got in an altercation with Mirotic at the end of Tuesday’s practice, leaving the latter hospitalized and with enough facial fractures to sideline him for at least a month.
The 22-year-old allegedly struck his counterpart in the face following a shoving match, sending him to the hospital.
The Bulls have not yet commented on the situation, but it’s a rather serious situation, as he is expected to be out “for the foreseeable future,” according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Bobby Portis could be facing suspension for several games or in the worst-case scenario, a termination of his contract, as Section 16, II would allow the team to void his current deal if a physical attack has been committed to any official or employee of the team, according to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks.
Nikola Mirotic and Portis have had a history of not getting along for the past two years, and this happens to be the unfortunate culmination of their beef with each other. Mirotic was reportedly knocked out unconscious for at least a couple of minutes before being taken to the hospital.
While a suspension is often the most common penalty for this offense, the two forwards who have competed for minutes for the past two seasons being on the same team could prove troublesome for this franchise that is already looking into a league-worst record as they set up for rebuilding.