The L.A. Clippers announced today that forward Blake Griffin has been suspended without pay for four games for striking a team employee on Jan. 23 and his wages will be withheld for one additional game for injuries he sustained. The NBA has assisted us in this process. The Clippers will donate the salary from the five games to charities focused on disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles. At his request, Blake will support this activity with his time.
The following is a joint statement from L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers: We have made it clear that this conduct has no place in the Clippers organization. Blake is remorseful and has apologized for his actions. He is a valued member of our Clippers family and we support him as he rejoins the team. He understands his actions have consequences, and is eager to get back to work with his teammates, the organization and Clipper Nation which starts immediately with rehab, appearances and attendance at games. For our team and organization, it is time to move forward which begins today and ultimately concludes when we have Blake back on the court.
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.
"He certainly has been remorseful, which is great, and we'll find a way to move past it. That's part of life. An important part of life is learning how to have consequences."
Blake Griffin's punching hand is still swollen and scarred ... roughly one week after the NBA star underwent surgery for injuries caused from his Toronto fistfight ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. The Clippers star finally surfaced in L.A. on Wednesday -- and you can see the scar on his right hand from last Tuesday's procedure to repair the spiral fracture on his 4th metacarpal.
The NBA’s investigation into the Blake Griffin incident at a Toronto restaurant on Jan. 23 will conclude soon and will likely result in discipline for the Los Angeles Clippers forward, league commissioner Adam Silver told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. In an NBA A to Z podcast interview that will air later this week, Silver discussed the fight between Griffin and the Clippers’ longtime assistant equipment manager, Matias Testi, that resulted in a broken right hand for the five-time All-Star. Griffin, who is expected to miss four to six weeks because of the hand injury, was on the verge of returning from a quadriceps tear that has had him out since Dec. 26.
“The only update right now is we're continuing to investigate,” Adam Silver told USA TODAY Sports. “There (are) a lot of people that we want to talk to, and ultimately ensure that we have as complete an understanding as possible as to exactly what happened. I'd say from the league's standpoint, of course it's the last thing that you want to see happen. And whether it's in the NBA, or in any industry, you have one co-worker, in essence, punching another co-worker. That's a terrible thing. Blake has acknowledged that. But at the same time, I know he recognizes that there are consequences of his actions.”
“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 Los Angeles Clippers will decide whether star forward Blake Griffin joins them for the team's upcoming road trip after the NBA announces the results of its investigation of his punching of an assistant equipment manager.
Ben Bolch: Clippers are hoping to hear about Blake Griffin's punishment soon but a decision may not be imminent, per league source. NBA takes its time.
During the dinner, Griffin and Testi began arguing, with sources saying that Testi was taunting Griffin in one fashion or another -- either by calling him a derogatory name or saying the team, which had gone 11-2 since Griffin was injured, was better without him.
Testi, who was officially hired by the Clippers in 2014, is no less liked. "I know Matias," said a player familiar with all the parties. "He's a good person." Griffin thought so as well. One league source said that Griffin had purchased a car for Testi, and had helped set him up in a clothing apparel business.
"It's (bleeped) up," Clippers guard Austin Rivers said Friday. "It's a (bleeped) up situation. We're already like, 'man, when's he coming back?', and he's about to come back, and now this happens. It's not like we're even mad at him, it's more like, come on, what are you thinking, man -- not even just for us, but for yourself. What are you doing?"
Rivers was leaving Mr Chow this weekend -- when we asked if his opinion on the fight changed now that we know Blake had been drinking in the hours before he attacked Matias Testi last month. Rivers shook his head 'no' -- and then went to bat for the NBA star ... saying, "He's a grown man ... and he's a good guy."
JJ Redick on Blake Griffin's incident: "I wasn't there that night, so I don't have all the the details. I will say that Blake is a friend, Blake is a teammate, I have his back. We can't be who we wanna be as a team without Blake Griffin. So the sooner he gets back the better off we'll be as a team. Once he gets healthy and he's paid his penance, whatever that may be, we'll welcome him back with open arms."
The NBA's investigation of Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin's altercation with a team staffer is ongoing, according to a league source. After the league spoke with Griffin about the incident Friday, the Clippers were under the impression that the investigation was over and an announcement on any discipline for Griffin would be made early next week.
The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers have completed their investigation into the Blake Griffin-Matias Testi incident, according to a source. The Clippers have been consulting with the NBA on potential discipline for the star forward, and an announcement is expected next week.
Sources said Testi, an assistant equipment manager for the Clippers, is in no danger of losing his job following a Jan. 23 altercation in which Griffin broke his hand punching Testi, who suffered a swollen face.
Rivers didn't shed any light on what led to the altercation between Griffin and Testi, who are friends. Rivers said the two men have since been in touch, but he didn't know what was said. Earlier in the week, Rivers had said alcohol wasn't involved. But he backtracked Friday. "Did guys have a drink? I'm sure they did," he said.
Rivers said he's spoken to Griffin, adding, "He feels awful. We've all done some dumb things in our lives. You got to forgive people. We built Richard Nixon a library."
Serena Winters: Doc Rivers confirms that Blake Griffin will not be here tonight for #LakersVsClippers
Kia isn't exactly rushing to the defense of their superstar pitchman Blake Griffin -- with the car company refusing to say if they'll stand by the NBA star in the wake of his fistfight in Toronto. We reached out to Kia to ask if Blake's job is safe ... this is all we got back: "Kia is not offering comment on this matter." Not exactly a rousing show of support for a guy who's had a working relationship with Kia since 2011. We're guessing Kia's just waiting to see how the NBA investigation shakes out before committing to any course of action ... can't really blame 'em.
That is probably enough to crush Clipper dreams of catching Oklahoma City for the No. 3 spot -- and avoiding a second-round appointment with Golden State. That is not helpful. The Clippers are lucky the police aren't involved. The victim, Matias Testi, a member of the team's equipment staff, has a swollen face. Sources say he has also suffered debilitating headaches since the incident.
Ramona Shelburne: The Clippers, NBA and NBAPA are all investigating the incident with Blake Griffin and a team staffer in Toronto. If there is punishment for Griffin, I'm told to expect it'll come from the Clippers, while the league makes sure it's appropriate.
NBA investigators have been interviewing Clippers players and staff members as part of the league's investigation into the incident between Blake Griffin and assistant equipment manager Matias Testi. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and assistant trainer Joe Resendez, who were at dinner with Griffin and Testi, were among those who were questioned by NBA security officials.
Legal experts don't think criminal charges will be filed. They expressed surprise at the national attention the scuffle attracted and believe it's in the best interest of the two men to resolve the matter privately. "The most likely outcome is that there are no criminal charges," said Michael McCann, a sports law professor at the University of New Hampshire. "Any potential civil litigation would be settled out of court confidentially, without exposure to the media. It makes a lot of sense for everyone involved to resolve this dispute privately, not publicly. That's the sensible path."
Ben Bolch: There's still no police report and their names were never taken by officers, according to a Toronto Police service spokeswoman. Have been told reason no police report was filed in Blake Griffin incident is because Mathias Testi told officers he was OK at the scene.
Dennis Rodman says Blake Griffin's punch WON'T be a factor if the Clippers decides to trade him -- saying in the end, it comes down to one thing ... if can he help the team win on the court.
Rodman was at the Staples Center for the Lakers game Tuesday night when we asked for his thoughts on the situation. "It don't matter. He makes too much money."
Griffin released the following statement: "A situation among friends escalated and I regret the way I handled myself towards someone I care about. I want to apologize to the Clippers' organization, my teammates and the fans for creating a distraction. I am working with the team on a resolution and getting back in the game as soon as possible."
Testi, a longtime Clippers employee, had been a close friend of Griffin’s and has strong relationships with the rest of the team. “We’re a family,” Rivers said.. Why Griffin and Testi fought remains a mystery. Both men left the team and returned to Los Angeles following the incident. “It shouldn’t have happened,” Rivers told reporters. “They were good friends.”
Arash Markazi: For what it's worth: Griffin is good friends with this staff member. They routinely hang out off the court at home and on the road.
Mike Wells: Caught up with ex-Pacer and current Clipper Lance Stephenson and FIRST thing he said was, "I bet you thought it was me at first. Not me!"
Rowan Kavner: Doc said it's frustrating, something he takes personally. Said it's a hard lesson to learn for everyone. Doc Rivers: "It's a hard lesson for Blake, but it's also a hard lesson for our team." He said 4-6 weeks with a broken hand might be unrealistic.
Robert Morales: I'm being reminded that @Blake Griffin was recently named Sportsman of Year by L.A. Sports Council #Clippers
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.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin fractured his right hand in a fight with the team's equipment manager at a restaurant in Toronto and is expected to be out at least four to six weeks, two people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
Griffin and equipment manager Matias Testi argued at the restaurant before the altercation ensued, according to the people. Testi, who has been close friends with Griffin for years and routinely banters back and forth with the five-time All-Star, was sent back to Los Angeles along with Griffin following the incident. And Griffin, who has been out since Dec. 26 with a torn quadriceps and was nearing his return, now finds himself at the center of what is clearly a serious situation. The NBA and the Clippers are investigating to gain more clarity about the sequence of events.
The Toronto Police tell TMZ Sports they are NOT investigating the reported Blake Griffin restaurant fight that went down during the Clippers' recent trip to Canada ... because no one has filed a report. We spoke with Toronto Police Service media relations officer, Caroline De Kloet, who says Blake's name is not in their system which means there's nothing actively underway.
Dan Woike: Blake Griffin has broken his hand. Early timetable is 4-6 weeks, per sources.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers would not divulge whether there would be any discipline involved as a result of the incident but said he would more fully address the situation before his team plays the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The equipment staff member involved in the altercation has not been fired, a team spokesman said.
Griffin returned to Los Angeles on Sunday because he wasn’t going to play on the remainder of the Clippers’ five-game trip and is having his hand evaluated to determine the extent of the injury. The equipment staff member involved in the incident also has returned to Los Angeles. It is the second physical altercation involving Griffin in the last 16 months. A West Hollywood man accused Griffin of snatching his cellphone and grabbing him after the man took a picture of Clippers players at the Tao nightclub in Las Vegas last October.
According to a league source close to the situation, the report is for the most part accurate. Griffin has missed 14 consecutive games with a partially torn left quad tendon. He had been expected to rejoin the Clippers on their current five-game road trip. However, Griffin was sent home Monday ahead of the Clippers’ game Tuesday at Indiana after team spokesman Seth Burton said Griffin was “not game ready.” The team said there was no setback with Griffin’s quad injury.
The equipment staffer's face was injured, sources told Eaves. Both Griffin and the equipment staffer were sent home after the incident. Sources told ESPN that the hand injury is expected to keep Griffin out "a matter of weeks, as opposed to days."
According to the person, Griffin and a member of the team's equipment staff were both sent back to Los Angeles following the incident. Griffin, who has been out since Dec. 26 with a torn quadriceps, is likely to miss several more weeks with the hand injury.
Mary Babers-Green: @hoopshype oh well..that's what happens..KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF..to blows though #squashit #ITGOTTHATSERIOUS #WHY
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin injured his right hand after hitting a member of the team's equipment staff during an argument, multiple sources told ESPN's Michael Eaves. According to the sources, Griffin and the equipment staffer got into an argument in a restaurant during the team's trip to Toronto. Griffin hit the man, who then left the restaurant and went outside. Griffin followed him outside and hit him again.
October 23, 2021 | 5:15 pm EDT Update
Harrison Faigen: The South Bay Lakers just finalized their training camp roster, with the expected names of Chaundee Brown Jr., Frank Mason III, Mac McClung and Cam Oliver on the team. A semi surprise? Longtime SBL vet Andre Ingram, re-joining the team for a 13th G League season at 35 years old.
Jonathan Wasserman: 29 teams at Overtime’s pro day today (no Portland). NBA clearly taking OTE serious, as they should, definitely future pros, some lottery talent in the program with Montero, Thompsons, Bewleys
The widow of Kobe Bryant recounted how she learned of her husband and daughter’s death in a helicopter crash last year and said she tried to travel to the crash site that day by helicopter but was told the weather conditions were too bad, according to her deposition testimony in a lawsuit she filed against the county of Los Angeles.
She said a family assistant knocked on the door about 11:30 a.m. that day, nearly two hours after the crash happened at about 9:45 a.m. “She told me that there was an accident and that there were five survivors,” Bryant testified in the deposition on Zoom from Newport Beach. “And I asked her if Gianna and Kobe were okay. And she said she wasn’t sure. She didn’t know.” She then tried calling her husband and her mother. “We got in the car,” she testified. “And I had to drive to my daughter Natalia’s ACT class. She was getting ready for her ACT prep. And I picked her up and I told her that Daddy and Gigi were in an accident. Not to worry. I’m sure they’re fine because there’s five survivors. And I’m sure Daddy and Gigi are fine. I just felt, I knew that they would be helping people.”
The county has said the photos taken from the crash scene were not publicly disseminated and not posted on the internet but has acknowledged that a trainee deputy showed a photo to a bartender. Miller asked Bryant how she suffered emotional distress from the showing of pictures to a bartender. “I have my husband’s and my daughter’s clothing in my possession,” she replied. “And I can say that they – they suffered a lot. And if their clothes represent the condition of their bodies, I cannot imagine how someone could be so callous and have no regard for them or our friends, and just share the images as if they were animals on a street. We’re not talking about – I really don’t want to get into details. I can only say that their clothing represents a lot.” “You keep that clothing in your house?” Miller asked. “I had to recover all their items because I know people are sick and would like to take pictures of them and share them,” Bryant replied. “So I wanted to make sure that I recovered everything that I possibly could.”