By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porziņģis was left with a bloody face in Latvia recently. He was reportedly involved in a brawl, according to TMZ Sports, that also left him with a ripped shirt.
He was in his hometown of Liepāja when the incident happened. TMZ is reporting he was celebrating an occasion when the brawl happened.
TMZ is reporting that “a handful of Russians confronted Kristaps, supposedly upset with the fact he’d switched teams down here in the States … and an all-out tussle broke out.” The fight caused Porziņģis to suffer a bloody face, along with the aforementioned ripped shirt.
According to the video circulating on social media, Porziņģis wanted to continue to fight. The 23-year-old was then held back — first by a woman, before others stopped him.
Porziņģis — who did not play this season after suffering a torn ACL during the 2017-18 season — was acquired by the Mavericks in February. In the blockbuster deal, he was shipped to Dallas with Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Courtney Lee.
In exchange, the Knicks acquired DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr., a 2021 first-round pick and a 2023 first-round draft pick.
When he was drafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, Porziņģis was the No. 4 overall pick. He spent three seasons with the Knicks.
Porziņģis is a restricted free agent, but is expected to re-sign with the Mavericks this off-season. The team said after he was acquired, the Latvian may sit out the 2019-20 season, as they do not want to rush his return to the court.
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