The LA Clippers have a number of outside factors motivating them this year. They continue to prove that they're just not second fiddle to the Los Angeles Lakers.
They also want to change the culture and remove the stain of Donald Sterling that was left this past season. But now things may have taken a step back… Blake Griffin, 4-time All-Star and a Slam Dunk Contest Champion, is being investigated for a reported assault that may have taken place this past Sunday.
Details have not been revealed all at once but here is what we now so far.
Griffin may have attacked alleged victim over a camera flash
The reported scene of the supposed crime was at the Tao Nightclub at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The man, Daniel (who is 39 years old, as reported by TMZ.com) is accusing Griffin of slapping him on the right side of the face in addition to choking him.
Daniel says that he took a photo of Blake and some of his Clipper teammates (Chris Paul, Deandre Jordan, and C.J. Wilcox) and that Griffin complained about the flash from the camera and grabbed his phone. When Daniel didn’t hand over his phone he claims that the Clipper star grabbed his neck and squeezed before threatening him.
The alleged victim says he did not give Griffin his phone because his ID and credit card were attached to it. Blake eventually took the phone and left Daniel but when he asked for his phone back he was allegedly attacked again.
Griffin asked that the club security kick Daniel out and after he was escorted out he filed a battery report with the police department. Griffin has not yet commented on the allegations.
What this means going forward…
At the moment it is not clear what Los Angeles will do to discipline arguably their second star. But the NBA is investigating the complaints made by the alleged victim and given the bleak state North American sports are in right now with domestic disputes, you can expect the decision to be strong from Adam Silver.
This was also the case when Silver, the NBA Commissioner, came down hard on former Clippers owner Donald Sterling issuing him a lifetime ban. If the allegations are true, it may lead to a suspension for the four-time All-Star Griffin, but for exactly how long is completely up in the air right now.
If they are not true, then the Los Angeles Clippers will have dodged a potentially dangerous bullet. Either way it’s unfortunate that Griffin put himself in this type of situation, especially for a player of his caliber.
Knowing Head Coach Doc Rivers, he has already sat down with his star Power Forward and told him to focus on basketball. Whether the entire team is able to do that going forward is another story altogether.
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