Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin has been charged with one count of misdemeanour battery after an incident in a Las Vegas nightclub last month.
Police investigated an incident that was first reported by TMZ that Griffin allegedly slapped 39-year-old Daniel Schuman whilst with the Clippers team at the Tao nightclub in the Venetian resort, they found sufficient evidence to charge the basketball star.
According to the filing Wednesday in the Clark County District Attorney's office, Griffin "willfully and unlawfully used force or violence" after becoming increasingly annoyed by Schuman's persistent camera flashes.
Clipper Teammates DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul were at the club with Griffin that night but were not involved in the alleged incident.
As well as slapping the man in the face, Griffin allegedly squeezed Schuman's hand and shoulder in order to try and take the mobile phone off him after he continued to take pictures of the Clippers star.
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Everyone staying quiet
The victim Schuman told The Los Angeles Times he has been instructed not to talk about the case until he meets with his attorney Saturday:
“I’d be happy to talk, I’m a talker, but I don’t want to influence the outcome of the case because I know very strongly what I believe and I want justice to occur.”
The Los Angeles Clippers and Blake Griffin have declined to comment thus far.
Griffin faces an initial court date of Dec. 8 at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, according to Nevada law, misdemeanour battery carries many possible penalties in which Griffin could face, including six months of jail or up to a $1,000 fine.