Nikola Mirotic 'deeply sorry' for tearing Serbia flag

Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic tweeted an apology Wednesday for tearing a Serbian flag Saturday at the EuroBasket tournament.

Mirotic, who is playing for Spain, tore up the flag in frustration when it was held by a fan over the entrance as he and other players left the court following an 80-70 loss to Serbia in the opener for both teams at the European Basketball Championships.

Spain, a two-time champion EuroBasket champion, had a 10-point lead after the first quarter Saturday but couldn't protect the lead and lost to Serbia for the first time in five years.

Mirotic scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.