Report: NBA Investigating Nikola Jokić’s Brother for Allegedly Punching Fan After Nuggets’ Game 2 Win Over Lakers

The Denver Nuggets’ brother, Strahinja Jokić, appeared to punch a fan just after the team’s Monday night victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, and the NBA is looking into the incident, according to The Athletic.

Nemanja and Strahinja Jokić, brothers of Nikola Jokić celebrate courtside after the Nuggets' win over the Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in 2023.

Following Jamal Murray’s buzzer-beater that gave the Nuggets a 101-99 victory over the Lakers in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Monday night at Ball Arena, there was an altercation. 

In Denver, two guys are seen being approached by Strahinja and Nemanja Jokić, the third Jokić brother, and confronted. Though it’s unclear what sparked the altercation or what was said, Strahinja then seemed to punch the fan in the head.

After what appeared to be a single blow, both sides turned to leave.

Video appears to show Nikola Jokic's brother punch fan in the face

Denver police are reportedly looking into the incident as well, though no report has been made, according to TMZ.

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The occurrence with Jokić’s brothers is by no means the first. In 2021, Strahinja and Nemanja turned to social media following Jokić’s suspension for repeatedly threatening and pushing Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris. The two also regularly watch Nuggets games from courtside and aren’t hesitant to join in on the action whenever something comes up. In 2021, for instance, they yelled at Phoenix Suns players during a fight that broke out during a game.

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In 2019, Strahinja was taken into custody on charges of choking and pushing a lady following a domestic fight. A year later, he entered a guilty plea to a reduced misdemeanor count and felony trespassing, according to The Athletic, and the other charges were dropped.

It’s unclear if the NBA will sanction anyone for the brawl that occurred on Monday night or how it will handle it. The brothers can be prohibited from attending games by the league for a predetermined period of time.

In the victory on Monday, Jokić ended with 27 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists to record a triple-double. Only three other players in league history have ever finished a playoff game with at least 25 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists. This was his fourth such game in his career.

The series’ third game is scheduled for Thursday night in Los Angeles.