The Los Angeles Clippers are not happy with Blake Griffin right now. The star power forward has missed the last 14 games with a partially torn quadriceps, and was expected to return within the next week.
That all changed when Griffin threw a punch at equipment manager Matias Testi. Despite the two being considered good friends by many within the Clippers’ organization, a verbal disagreement at a Toronto restaurant between the two quickly turned into a violent one.
Reports state Griffin hit Testi inside the restaurant, and when Testi went outside to deescalate the incident, Griffin followed him outside and struck him again. X-Rays revealed “a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal,” and the injury is expected to keep Griffin out the next 4-6 weeks.
The news is certainly disastrous for the Clippers, who are trying to claw their way into the upper-echelon of the Western Conference. Chris Paul & Co. have managed to go 11-3 without Griffin, but the strong surge is more a result of the soft schedule than improved play.
Owner Steve Ballmer and Head Coach/President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers released a joint statement on the matter, saying, “This conduct has no place in our organization and this incident does not represent who we are as a team. We are conducting a full investigation with assistance from the NBA. At the conclusion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken.”
This isn’t the first time Griffin has gotten in trouble for fighting. In 2014, Griffin got into a physical altercation with an individual at a Las Vegas nightclub, but the charges were eventually dropped.
This time, Griffin certainly isn’t coming away unscathed. Out the next 4-6 weeks with the possibility of additional punishment from the league as well, Griffin better start thinking twice about which members of the Clippers he chooses to dine with.