Kristaps Porzingis’s turbulent offseason continues.
Video surfaced Sunday morning depicting what appears to be a post-fight scrum in Latvia involving the Dallas Mavericks’ Porzingis:
Kristaps Porzingis left with a bloody face and torn shirt after a scuffle in Latvia ... and here I was worried about him going to Deep Ellum (H/T @NY_Knicks_Fr) #MFFL
(@1053TheFan @1053SS @FishSports) pic.twitter.com/zhupDk9usP
— 🆃🆁🅾🆈 🅷🆄🅶🅷🅴🆂 ™️ (@TommySledge) May 12, 2019
Porzingis, sporting a bloody cut above his eye, shoves a woman out of the way in the midst of the chaos. TMZ has reported that the fight took place while Porzingis was celebrating in his hometown of Liepaja, and was confronted by a group of Russians upset that Porzingis switched teams.
The Mavericks are investigating All-Star Kristaps Porzingis’ altercation in Europe over weekend and current understanding is he was jumped at a club, assaulted and hit by objects, @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium has learned.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 12, 2019
In a statement issued to ESPN, the Mavericks said, “It is our understanding that Kristaps was jumped and assaulted outside of a club in Latvia.”
The team reportedly believes the group of Russians instigated the fight with Porzingis and that he was defending himself.
Porzingis’s tumultuous 2018-19
News broke in late March that New York police were investigating Porzingis for a 2018 incident in which he allegedly raped his neighbor in Manhattan. The Knicks traded Porzingis to Dallas in January.
Porzingis tore his ACL in 2018, just hours before the alleged incident took place, and did not take the court at all in the 2018-19 season.
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