Brother of Nikola Jokic punches fan in crowd, facing NBA investigation

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As it seems like almost everything is going right for the Denver Nuggets on the court, there has been off-court turmoil involving family members and that is only intensifying. Leading up to the playoffs, the story had been about the two brothers of Michael Porter Jr. and their various troubles.

One of Porter’s brothers, Jontay Porter was banned for life from basketball after a betting scandal. Then another brother of Porter, Coban Porter was sentenced to six years in prison after slaying a woman while drunk driving. Through both horrific issues, Michael Porter Jr. has played well through two playoff games and doesn’t seem to be distracted.

Jokic brother punches fan

But now another brother of a Nuggets player is in the news. Following the Nuggets game 2 victory, Nikola Jokic’s older brother Stahinja Jokic was seen on video punching a fan in the face in Ball Arena.

The Jokic brothers have been a domineering presence at Nuggets games for years with their domineering presence, and this isn’t the first time they’ve been mixed up in an incident, infamously beefing with Markieff Morris while he was with the Heat.

NBA and Denver Police investigating incident

But this incident has escalated to physical violence within the crowd and the entire issue has been captured on tape. According to a TMZ report, the NBA is investigating the incident as well as the Denver Police. While no police report has been filed, they’ve asked the fan to come forward.

This investigation should have no actual bearing on the Nuggets and what happens to them in the playoffs, but it’s yet another unwanted distraction for the team thanks to a family member of a player. Given the NBA’s history of no tolerance for crowd violence, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them take a hard-line stance, especially given the video evidence.

It’s unclear what led to the punch but on the video, shortly after Jamal Murray’s buzzer-beater, Strahinja and Nikola’s other brother Nemanja can be seen climbing over seats to argue with another fan before Strahinja steps on a chair and throws the punch which appears to connect with the fan’s jaw. The fan staggers slightly but stays on his feet. For now, that’s all the information we have, but you can be sure we haven’t heard the last of this story.