Former Arkansas standout Bobby Portis gets significant suspension from Bulls

Bobby Portis

Portis has been suspended by the club and will face disciplinary charges.

There was already a dearth of talent on this Bulls roster, but now both Portis and Mirotic are out of commission to start the season after this incident.

Mirotic was taken to the hospital and released later Tuesday, sources said.

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis has been suspended eight games by the team for his role in a practice altercation with Nikola Mirotic that resulted in Mirotic being hospitalized and sidelined indefinitely.

Paxson called Portis' actions "inexcusable", but added, "Bobby Portis is not a bad person".

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Mirotic, who is the more-experienced of the two, will miss four to six weeks with a fractured jaw and a concussion.

According to the Bulls, Mirotic likely will require surgery. He's a good kid, he's a competitive kid.

Reporter Shams Charania described Portis' strike as "an alleged surprise punch"-in other words, a sucker punch". But in this case, he made a mistake. Not that he didn't have his reasons, as Mirotic was a restricted free agent awaiting a contract from elsewhere or the Bulls.

Mirotic, 26, averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 70 games last season and was expected to have a starting role for the Bulls this season after inking a two-year deal worth $12.5 million with Chicago. He can practice with the team during his suspension and will be eligible to return for the Bulls' Nov. 7 game against Toronto.

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