It’s been quite the eventful year for Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis who missed all of last season as he was recovering from a torn ACL he sustained in the 2017 season. Along with his ACL recovery, Porzingis was also traded midseason to the Mavericks, accused of rape in March and now finds himself in more hot water off the court stemming from an incident in his home country of Latvia.
Video evidence surfaced Sunday of what appears to be a bloodied Porzingis hurling Russian profanities at a group of men and Latvian authorities. In the video which was taken at a Latvian bar, Porzingis is clearly unhappy about something and his shirt is ripped.
According to TMZ, Kristaps Porzingis got into a fight in Latvia with some Russians who were upset that he’s no longer on the Knicks. Apparently Porzingis was clubbing. Here is the video of the aftermath. pic.twitter.com/dWdB66fUYt
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) May 12, 2019
Of course, this is not a good look for the recently acquired Kristaps Porzingis who now finds himself in more off-court trouble before playing a single minute for his new team.
The Mavericks are aware of the altercation and are investigating the matter according to Vertical’s Shams Charania.
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
While it’s unclear what sparked the disagreement and who was at fault, it was unwise for Porzingis to put himself in that position in the first place. The Russian hecklers he was getting into it with were reportedly upset that he was no longer a member of the New York Knicks.
Hopefully, authorities are able to get to the bottom of this and luckily, no serious injuries were sustained by Porzingis or others involved. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the Mavericks believe Porzingis was jumped by surprise and was simply defending himself.
Per source, the Mavs’ understanding of this incident is that Kristaps Porzingis got jumped and fought back before club security broke up the scuffle. https://t.co/UsJPOvmzcg
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) May 12, 2019
Stay posted to Def Pen for further details on the situation as they emerge.