According to ESPN’s Michael Eaves, LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin injured his right hand following a physical altercation with a member of the team’s equipment staff. The incident allegedly occurred during the Clippers recent Eastern Conference road trip. Griffin and the equipment staff member got into an argument in a restaurant while the Clippers were in Toronto awaiting their game against the Raptors. Griffin struck the man in the face, who then proceeded to leave the restaurant. Griffin followed the man outside and allegedly hit him again. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the altercation led to a slight bone fracture in Griffin’s right hand.
Following the incident, both Griffin and the equipment staff member were reportedly sent home, and that Griffin’s injury could likely keep him out of the lineup for “a matter of weeks rather than days.” Griffin has missed the Clippers last 14 games with a quad injury and was hoping to return sometime during the team’s road trip, but he will now likely be out for several more weeks. During Griffin’s absence, the Clippers have gone 11-3.
The Clippers have yet to comment on the matter but head coach Doc Rivers says the team is set to issue a statement before their game on Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers. Obviously, this is a pretty embarrassing story for both Blake Griffin and the entire Los Angeles Clippers franchise. Arguably one of the best players in today’s NBA should not be getting into fisticuffs with members of his team’s equipment staff.
This is not Blake Griffin’s first rodeo when it comes to getting into physical altercations off the court, as in November of 2014, Griffin was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery after allegedly getting into an altercation with a man at a Las Vegas nightclub. The charges were eventually dropped, but clearly there seems to be some type of lack of maturity with Blake Griffin when he goes out in public, as the physical off the court issues have not subsided. The Clippers need to sit Blake Griffin down and explain to him that he is one of the faces of their franchise and needs to grow up. His actions are embarrassing himself, his team, and the NBA as a whole.