Chicago Bulls suspend Bobby Portis eight games for role in scuffle

Chicago Bulls suspend Bobby Portis eight games for role in scuffle

Mirotic, 26, was set to start when the Bulls open their season on Thursday in Toronto.

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis was suspended eight games less than 24 hours after punching teammate Nikola Mirotic and breaking his jaw at practice, the team announced Wednesday. Portis then punched Mirotic in the face, and the blow gave Mirotic maxillary fractures in his face and a concussion. He will be allowed to practice with the team while he is suspended.

NBC Sports Chicago's Vincent Goodwill added that this incident has been brewingbetween the two forwards for three years, and that for what it's worth, Mirotic was the instigator.




Paxson called Portis' actions "inexcusable", but added, "Bobby Portis is not a bad person". He's a competitive kid, but in this instance he made a mistake. Most likely, surgery will be required to fix the damage, and Mirotic will be out indefinetely. He is expected to be out for the foreseeable future, league sources said.

Portis will be allowed to practice with the team during his suspension, though he won't be eligible to play again until the Bulls visit the Raptors on November 7.

Portis, 22, averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 64 games last season and was competing with Mirotic to start at power forward. Not that he didn't have his reasons, as Mirotic was a restricted free agent awaiting a contract from elsewhere or the Bulls. He averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds last season in 24 minutes a game.

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