Nikola Mirotic rips apart Serbian flag, apologizes

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The Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic is playing for his adopted home of Spain at EuroBasket (he was born in Montenegro), and the traditional powerhouse is struggling (they are 1-2 through three games and needs some wins to make sure they advance to the knockout stage).

One of those losses was a tough one opening night to Serbia — Spain had an early double-digit lead but Serbia roared back with their physical play and took control in the third quarter, then held off a late Spanish charge to win 80-70.

Walking off the court, a frustrated Mirotic had a fan waving the Serbian flag in his face, and as you can see in the video above he ripped it apart.

As you might imagine, this video has led to an uproar — no country likes to see its flag disgraced. Fans are pissed. Mirotic has taken to Twitter to apologize, and offer an explanation.

It’s not a great angle for the video, but he does seem to have his head down, and the person holding the flag does dip it right into his face as he walks past. Whether he really knows what it was or not, only Mirotic knows.

But people are not going to be buying him dinners in Serbia for a while.