The Los Angeles Clippers have announced power forward Blake Griffin will be out for four to six weeks following surgery on his right hand.
Clippers statement – Griffin had surgery Tuesday morning pic.twitter.com/YUA7O2Toqk
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) January 26, 2016
The statement also confirms that Griffin got into a physical altercation in Toronto, as previously reported by ESPN.
Doc Rivers says the behavior has no place in the organization and that appropriate action will be taken.
The team hasn’t been the most truthful about the Griffin situation. The Clippers said that Griffin returned to L.A. because he wasn’t in shape to play in Toronto. However, it’s unusual for a team to bring a player on a long road trip and then send him home from another country. It turns out, the Clippers were covering up a much more serious matter.
Griffin had been recovering from a quad injury and was expected to return on the trip.
Blake’s former coach Vinny Del Negro thinks that there is more to the story.
Knowing Blake, reports are hard to believe. I’ll reserve judgment until more facts come out but it’s a sad situation https://t.co/aWLg6KwA7Y
— Vinny Del Negro (@VinnyDHoops) January 26, 2016
The staffer Griffin hit has been identified as Matias Testi. He’s featured in most of the non-promotional photos on Griffin’s Instagram feed and seems to be a good friend of Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Blake has photos of him dating back 198 weeks. He was taken to a hospital. From the photos, Griffin looks to be concerningly bigger than Testi.
Both Testi and Griffin were sent home but hopefully not on the same flight.
Griffin was having a career year prior to his first injury.
The NBA is investigating the incident.