The Clippers Have Suspended Blake Griffin Four Games After Punching Team’s Manager
After punching Clippers assistant equipment manager and friend, Matias Testi, a couple of weeks ago, injured Blake Griffin has finally learned his fate from the team—and they’ll suspend him four games without pay for his actions.
The All-Star big man, who fractured his right hand after punching Testi, is expected to be out for another four weeks or so, but will serve his suspension once he returns.
Here’s the release from the Clips during the punishment announcement, with the money from Griffin’s lost salary going towards “charities focused on disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles.”
Per USA Today:
“We have made it clear that this conduct has no place in the Clippers organization,” the joint statement from Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers said. “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.”
The Clips have actually won 18 of 22 games, so a few more without Blake once he actually returns from multiple injuries might not be as bad as some may think.
[H/T USA Today]