A chaotic scene unfolded on Monday night during a game between the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat.
With a little under three minutes remaining in the affair and Denver up comfortably, things got heated. It started with Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic securing a rebound and taking it down the floor. Heat enforcer Markieff Morris attempted to stop the action by fouling him hard, only to deeply anger last year’s MVP.
Jokic responded by ramming into Morris while his back was turned.
As a result, Morris was left in a crumpled pile on the floor.
Heat star Jimmy Butler was livid over what transpired, yelling and screaming at the Denver bench and demanding they come fight him.
Jimmy Butler has words for Jokic
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 9, 2021
Butler’s spirit would carry on after the game, when he reportedly assembled a group of Heat players to go confront the Nuggets in the locker room.
Without question the best sports photographer in the country is @aaronontiveroz at the @denverpost This photo of the Heat trying to get to the Nuggets in the hallway after the game is incredible! pic.twitter.com/XBAQPasypb
— Brandt Tobler (@brandttobler) November 9, 2021
What Butler did not realize at the time, however, is that he came dangerously close to a beating courtesy of Jokic’s brothers. They were at the game, and fans caught just how ready for action they were during the melee.
jokic brothers was ready if jokic gave the cross the throat sign shit coulda got ugly pic.twitter.com/8d7Qldm09W
— Young Black Jesus (@ZekNNcashe) November 9, 2021
Clearly one sign that their brother was in trouble and they would’ve leapt into action.
On Tuesday morning, Markieff’s twin brother seemingly threatened Nikola Jokic over what happened.
The Jokic brothers did not take kindly to that.
Just got a text from Jokic’s brother. This is their real account responding to Marcus Morris’s tweet last night. https://t.co/ON4AH3JxwN
— Mike Singer (@msinger) November 9, 2021
For people who are unfamiliar, these are the Jokic brothers:
The were born and bred in an impoverished, civil war-ravaged country – and they’re real tough guys. They don’t mess around, as evidenced by this little anecdote:
The Morris brothers are certainly interesting characters, and decently tough by modern day NBA standards. Butler, also, is a hot head which carries with it a certain level of intimidation. But none of them want that Serbian smoke – and they’re very lucky they didn’t learn that lesson the hard way on Monday night.
Now that’s a Halloween costume. https://t.co/WVK6W11K9M
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 1, 2021