Bulls’ Bobby Portis Suspended 8 Games

LIVE FROM THE CBS 2 BROADCAST CENTER IN CHICAGO, THIS IS CBS 2 AT 5.

DEVELOPING NOW, VIOLENCE ON THE COURT.

ONE BULLS PLAYER PUNCHED IN THE FACE AND SENT TO THE HOSPITAL , THE OTHER SUSPENDED.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

I AM IRIKA SARGENT.

ROB IS OFF TODAY.

NIKOLA MIROTIC IS BEING TREATED FOR SERIOUS INJURIES.

BRIAN BAKER HAS MORE ON THE FIGHT AND THE FOLLOW-UP.

Reporter: THE BULLS WASTED NO TIME DISCIPLINING BOBBY PORTIS'S ROLE THAT LEFT NIKOLA MIROTIC WITH A FRACTURED FACE.

PORTIS HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR 8 GAMES.

THEY APPEAR TO BE GETTING ALONG JUST FINE DURING THE PORTION OF BULLS PRACTICE WE WERE ALLOWED TO SHOOT.

THINGS GOT HEATED LATER IN THE WORKOUT, WHEN BOTH PLAYERS BECAME VERY AGGRESSIVE TOWARD EACH OTHER.

IT CULMINATED IN PORTIS PUNCHING NIKOLA MIROTIC IN THE FACE, SENDING HIM TO THE HOSPITAL WITH A CONCUSSION AND FRACTURED BONES.

THE ORGANIZATION HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO SUPPORT — SUSPEND PORTIS FOR 8 GAMES.

IT IS A TEAM SUSPENSION.

WE DIG GET COUNSELING ADVICE FROM THE LEAGUE.

THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED IN A PRACTICE SITUATION.

THERE ARE ALTERCATIONS A LOT OF TIMES, BUT THE RESULT OF NIKOLA MIROTIC'S INJURIES ARE WHY WE HAVE TAKEN THE POSITION WE HAVE.

BOBBY PORTIS IS NOT A BAD PERSON, HE IS A GOOD KID.

HE IS A COMPETITIVE KID.

IN THIS INSTANCE, HE MADE A MISTAKE.

WE ALL KNOW WHEN YOU MAKE MISTAKES, YOU HAVE TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES.

MY JOB IS TO NOT LET THIS MOMENT DERAIL US.

MY JOB IS TO GET THESE GUYS PREPARED TO GO OUT AND FIGHT THEM PLAY.

THEY NEED TO PLAY AS A GROUP AND I AM CONFIDENT OUR GUYS WILL DO THAT.

Reporter: OF COURSE, THE HEAD COACH SAYS HE IS GETTING THE TEAM TO PREPARED TO FIGHT ON THE BASKETBALL COURT, AND AT EACH OTHER.

THE BULLS EXPECT NIKOLA MIROTIC TO MESS UP TO 6 WEEKS.

THE BULLS TIP OFF THEIR SEASON TOMORROW NIGHT IN TORONTO I MISSED A CLOUD OF CONTROVERSY.