Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin is in hot water after details of his hand injury surfaced online and with the team committing to make an investigation and possibly punish Griffin or others involved.
“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,” the Clippers organization said in an official statement.
According to various reports, Griffin and the team employee, identified as Matias Testi, the team’s equipment staffer, were involved in an altercation in a Toronto restaurant last week.
The incident led to Griffin punching Testi, who was left with a battered face but have not filed a case against the Clippers forward so far. Griffin reportedly broke his hand in the incident and he will be out for at least another month Griffin already missed a month of action for the Clippers with a previous quad injury.
The Clippers played the Raptors last Sunday in Toronto with the home team winning 112-94.
ArashMarkazi of ESPN also revealed that Testi and Griffin were close friends and suggested that their relationship were more than that of a player and a team staffer.
Testi isn't just a staffer; he vacations with Blake & DeAndre. Was part of the crew w/ Blake that went to Houston to sign DJ. Odd situation.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 26, 2016
Doc Rivers, the head coach for the Clippers, admitted that the development is a big blow to the team’s campaign this season.
“I know exactly how but you don’t ever know why. How does anything get to this? How does it get to a place where punches are thrown?” Rivers said via another tweet from Markazi.
This is not the first time Griffin was involved in a physical altercation off the floor. On October 2014, an unidentified man filed a battery complaint case against Griffin in an incident in Las Vegas, Nevada. Griffin allegedly attacked the man over an argument over a photo taken while Griffin was partying at a Las Vegas club.
Due to the quad injury, Griffin has played in just 30 games this season with averages of 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.