Steve Ballmer Rumors
In his first interview since Blake Griffin punched out the team’s assistant equipment manager, the Clippers owner sounded as if he was prepared to discipline his All-Star forward. Asked Wednesday night if he felt it necessary for the Clippers to take the kind of action that would represent what they stand for, Ballmer didn’t hesitate. “There needs to be consequences,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do.”
Ballmer was measured when speaking of Griffin, condemning the player’s actions without tossing him under the proverbial bus. “Just remember, Blake is a key part of his team,” Ballmer said. At this moment, the courtside goofball in Ballmer emerged, as he extended his arms to mimic an embrace. “We will welcome him back,” he said with a smile as broad as his shoulders.
“That’s what league offices are for, and that’s what team management is for (to determine such matters),” Silver said. “So we’re working closely with the Clippers on this investigation. I know Steve Ballmer recognizes that it’s the last thing he wants to be associated with as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and I know (Clippers president of basketball operations and head coach) Doc (Rivers) feels the same way. We want to bring this investigation to a conclusion fairly quickly.”
The following is a joint statement from L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers: L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand throwing a punch on Jan. 23 in Toronto.on, appropriate action will be taken.
Griffin received X-rays on Jan. 25th in Los Angeles that revealed the injury and he underwent a procedure on his hand Tuesday morning. The procedure was performed by Dr. Steve Shin. Recovery time from the injury is approximately four to six weeks.
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.