Video Shows Nikola Jokic's Brother Punch Fan at Playoff Game, NBA Investigating (UPDATE)

Jokic's brothers have a history of getting into it with fans and other players during games.

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Basketball player on the court in a focused stance during a game

UPDATED 4/26, 9:02 p.m. ET: Per TMZ, there is a development in the police investigation of the physical altercation between Nikola Jokic's older brother, Stranhinja, and a fan.

The outlet reports that the Denver Police Department said on Thursday that they've "been in communication" with the fan who ws struck in the face earlier this week and it is currently unknown if the person wants to press charges or if a police report has been filed.

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Nikola Jokic's older brother punched a fan after the Denver Nuggets Game 2 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

The Nuggets beat the Lakers 101 to 99 after being down as much as 20 points, but that didn't stop Jokic's family getting into it with others in the stands. Video shows Jokic's older brother, Strahinja, kicking and crossing over a row of seats to try and get to a man who appeared to be heckling him.

Stranhinja got close enough that he was able to throw a punch at the man and connect with his face. The man stayed on his feet and continued to have words with Strahinja while the other Jokic brother, Nemanja, showed up to back his sibling. Nikola's wife, Natalija, can also be seen in the clip holding their daughter and trying to hold Strahinja back.  

Nikola Jokic's older brother Strahinja threw a punch at a fan following the Nuggets' 20-point comeback win vs. the Lakers 👀

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The NBA is reportedly investigating the incident, per TMZ Sports.

Jokic's brothers are a sharp contrast from the mild-mannered two-time MVP and NBA champion. They're known to defend their brother fiercely and have gotten into altercations with fans, players, and other people in the past.

After Jokic and Markieff Morris had an on-court altercation in 2021, Jokic's brothers went on X and called out Morris, letting him know they were waiting for him if he wanted the smoke. 

"You should leave this the way it is instead of publicly threatening our brother! Your brother made a dirty play first. If you want to make a step further be sure we will be waiting for you !! Jokic Brothers," they tweeted at the time.

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