Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin apologized Tuesday for his role in an incident that caused him to break his right hand.
Griffin took to Twitter to address the situation:
Blake Griffin @blakegriffin32
https://t.co/DCKYHjSgZs1/27/2016, 3:55:42 AM
Matias Testi, the man Griffin allegedly struck, is good friends with both Griffin and Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan. Per ESPN's Arash Markazi, Testi has even gone on vacation with the two Clippers big men.
The team announced Tuesday that Griffin would be out for four to six weeks. Griffin is averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and five assists per contest this season.
Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated detailed what could be on the horizon for Griffin as he recovers:
Michael McCann @McCannSportsLaw
If, as alleged, Blake Griffin punched the equipment manager, Clippers could suspend Griffin without pay. Key question would be for how long.1/26/2016, 9:20:51 PM
The good news is L.A. has proved adept at adjusting on the fly, going 12-3 in his absence thus far. Having an elite point guard in Chris Paul has certainly helped the Clippers' cause.
But for head coach Doc Rivers' squad to have any hope of getting past the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs, it needs Griffin back in elite form. While the 26-year-old's decision to show remorse for his actions is a positive, his injury leaves the Clippers only one more injury away from a possible steep decline.