Bulls' Portis publicly apologizes to teammate he punched

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 22, 2017 07:54 AM
Bulls' Portis publicly apologizes to teammate he punched
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2016, file photo, Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis (5) looks on during the the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for the first eight games for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

By Mike Helfgot, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Suspended Bulls forward Bobby Portis offered an apology to injured teammate Nikola Mirotic on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in his first public comments since punching Mirotic in the face in practice on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).

The fight cost the Bulls their top two power forwards. Mirotic suffered two fractured bones and a concussion and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. Portis was suspended eight games.

Portis said before Chicago's home opener against the Spurs that he has reached out to Mirotic but has not received a response.

"I'm wrong for what I did," Portis said. "I want to publicly apologize to Niko. I feel like I let my fans, the Bulls organization and most importantly my teammates down. This is not who Bobby Portis is.

"Going forward, I want to make sure that me and Niko are cool and that we can be teammates again. I'm pretty sure we can. We just have to repair the relationship."

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