Mavericks Star Kristaps Porzingis Jumped in Home Country of Latvia
If you’re a Dallas Mavericks fan, you want Kristaps Porzingis rehabilitating and preparing for a big bounce big season next year, not bloodied up after what looked to be a pretty violent altercation.
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
Porzingis was reportedly attacked at a club in his hometown of Liepaja, Latvia. “It is our understanding that Kristaps was jumped and assaulted outside of a club in Latvia. We will provide an update when one is available,” the Mavericks said in a statement.
It sounds as though Porzingis was attacked by a group of Russians, angry about his departure from the New York Knicks.
Kristaps Porzingis apparently got into a fight back home in Latvia. ?
— theScore (@theScore) May 12, 2019
A video of the aftermath of the incident went viral, showing Porzingis with a gash on his head and a torn shirt. Porzingis was believed to be hit in the head with a chair but did not suffer any significant injuries.
The Latvian is entering restricted free agency but the Mavericks have made it clear that they plan on signing him to a five-year maximum contract this summer.