Sports | May 13, 2019 10:15 am

NBA Star Kristaps Porzingis Involved in Bloody Brawl in Latvia

Porzingis was left bleeding from his head after being struck with an object

Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks. (Omar Vega/Getty)
Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks. (Omar Vega/Getty)
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Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis was involved in a bloody brawl in his native Latvia over the weekend that allegedly started because he no longer plays for the New York Knicks.

During a tour of nightclubs and pubs in his home hometown of Liepaja, Porzingis was involved in an altercation with some Russians which started after they confronted the 23-year-old because they were upset with that he’d switched teams from the Knicks to the Mavs, according to TMZ.

The confrontation turned into a physical incident and Porzingis was left bleeding from his head after being struck with an object which some outlets are reporting was a chair.

Here’s a video of the aftermath of the incident:

“It is our understanding that Kristaps was jumped and assaulted outside of a club,” the Mavericks said in a statement.

Porzingis, who has been accused of raping and beating a woman in New York City but has not been charged, could face sanctions from the NBA after this incident.

“NBA commissioner Adam Silver has wide discretion to punish a player for off-court conduct when that conduct is damaging to the league’s brand,” according to Michal McCann of Sports Illustrated, “Under Article 35 of the league’s constitution, Silver can suspend players for any “conduct that does not conform to standards of morality or fair play, that does not comply at all times with all federal, state, and local laws, or that is prejudicial or detrimental to the NBA.”

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