Chicago Bulls suspend Bobby Portis eight games for role in scuffle

Chicago Bulls suspend Bobby Portis eight games for role in scuffle

Chicago Bulls suspend Bobby Portis eight games for role in scuffle

While unable to play, Portis will be able to continue practicing with the team.

Portis will begin serving his suspension when Chicago opens the season Thursday night in Toronto.

Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is out indefinitely after a fight with Bulls teammate Bobby Portis on Tuesday that landed Mirotic in the hospital.

"Bobby Portis is not a bad person", Bulls president of basketball operations John Paxson said. As a result of the incident, Mirotic suffered a concussion and maxillary fractures. But in this case, he made a mistake. Portis is likely going to miss a good chunk of games after a stunt like that, while Mirotic will likely be out longer with his facial injury.

Paxson said that the Bulls got counsel from the league on how to handle the situation.

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Despite the reports about Portis' punch, Paxson also disputed that the punch that struck Mirotic was not a "sucker punch". He finally prolonged his time with the Bulls, signing a two-year contract worth 27 million dollars.

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, entering his third season in the NBA since being taken in the first round by Chicago in the 2015 NBA Draft, received an eight-game suspension from Chicago, which announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon.

Mirotic, 26, averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season, and was expected to start for Chicago this season.

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