Chicago’s European import — Nikola Mirotic — is playing for Spain at EuroBasket this year even though he was born in Montenegro. Mirotic surprised some by cracking the rotation for Tom Thibodeau last season, despite Thibodeau’s angst at playing inexperienced players. He’s a long, 3-point shooting menace, and the Bulls are lucky to have him. However, his adopted country of Spain, isn’t looking too good in EuroBasket play right now, going 1-2 in their first three games.
Their opening day loss to Serbia was exacerbated by Mirotic’s angry ripping of a Serbian flag that fell into his face as he tried to exit the court.
Since then, Mirotic has apologized, saying he’s “deeply sorry,” but he didn’t know it was the flag and he was frustrated after the loss.
He does look like he’s got his head down as he’s exiting, and we hope he would not have overtly torn the flag, no matter how upset he was about the loss. But it’s also worth noting the fan dangles the flag right on his head at a really tense time, almost baiting him into the reaction.