Blake Griffin Gets Four-Game Suspension for Fight
Blake Griffin has been suspended for four games, as punishment for a fight with a Clippers staff member back in late January, reports the L.A. Times.
If you aren't following the NBA All-Star was involved in a physical altercation with the team's assistant equipment manager, Matias Tesi, on Jan. 23, while in Toronto for a road game. Reports said the two got into an argument inside a restaurant, which escalated and resulted in Griffin punching him once inside the eatery and another time outside.
The incident left Blake with a broken right hand.
For his role in the fight, he was handed a four-game suspension, and wages for one additional game will also be withheld. Money from the five games, which comes out to nearly $860,000, will be donated to disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles.
Griffin is already expected to be sidelined until March, as he heals.
"We have made it clear that this conduct has no place in the Clippers organization," Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Coach Doc Rivers said in a joint statement released by the team. "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."