Video appears to show Nikola Jokic’s brother punching fan at Denver Nuggets game

A video that appears to show one of the brothers of Nuggets star Nikola Jokic punching a fan after the team’s game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday has gone viral on social media.

A TikTok video posted following the game at Ball Arena displays text that says, “Jokic brothers going wild,” with a flushed-face emoji. It shows two men — identified as Nikola Jokic’s brothers Strahinja and Nemanja Jokic — in the stands scrambling to get to another man in a row below them. As someone yells “beat him” and shouts an expletive, it appears that Strahinja Jokic punches the man sitting lower in the stands.

It’s unclear what caused the altercation Monday. In one comment on the TikTok video, a person who was at the game claimed to have seen the fight and said the fan who was punched had harassed Nikola Jokic’s wife and child, who were also in the stands for the game.

Denver Nuggets spokesman Nick O’Hayre, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment spokesman Jim Mulvihill and the NBA did not return requests for comment on Tuesday. The NBA confirmed to The Athletic that it was looking into the incident.

Earlier this year, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment banned a superfan from Denver Nuggets games and revoked her season tickets over allegations that she grabbed a referee and hit a player in the face. She is now suing Kroenke’s owner.

Denver Police Department spokesperson Jay Casillas said on Tuesday afternoon that the agency is aware of the video from Monday’s game, but the incident wasn’t reported to officers at the arena or after the game, and no one has since come forward to police as a victim of the assault.

“The department is looking into this incident, is actively working to identify the person in the video who was struck, and encourages anyone who was involved or witnessed this firsthand to contact the Denver Police Department,” Casillas wrote in an email.

Strahinja and Nemanja Jokic often attend their younger brother’s games and are known to get heated. During one game, a security guard had to restrain Strahinja Jokic after he became angry at a referee.

In 2019, Strahinja Jokic was arrested in Denver over allegations that he choked and pushed a woman, and that he prevented her from calling 911. He pleaded guilty in 2020 and received a deferred sentence, meaning the case would be dismissed if he followed the terms of his probation and didn’t commit another crime before Feb. 3, 2022.

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