Clippers forward Blake Griffin fractures hand in fist fight
LOS ANGELES, USA – Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin faces another lay-off after suffering a fractured hand during a fight, the team confirmed Tuesday.
Griffin is reported to have suffered the injury after throwing a punch at a member of the Clippers equipment staff in Toronto last weekend.
A team statement released later Tuesday confirmed Griffin's injury and said an investigation into the circumstances of the incident was under way.
"LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand throwing a punch on Jan. 23 in Toronto," the Clippers said.
"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."
Blake Griffin also posted an apology on Twitter:
Griffin has not played since suffering a torn quadriceps tendon in late December.
The injury means Griffin now faces a further absence of several weeks, possibly ruling him out of next month's All-Star Game.
It is not the first time Griffin has found himself in hot water over a physical altercation.
In 2014 he was accused of slapping a man at a Las Vegas nightclub who had taken a picture of him with a cellphone.
He was accused of misdemeanor battery but the charges were eventually dropped by Nevada prosecutors. – With reports by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler.com