Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was apologetic Tuesday in discussing the altercation he had with assistant team equipment manager Matias Testi that caused the All-Star to fracture his right hand.
Griffin said he's "truly, truly sorry" for what happened, has spoken to Testi multiple times about the incident and regrets the decisions he made that evening, per Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
"It's been tough to know that I've let my teammates down, let our organization down, let our fans down, my family, all of that," Griffin said.
Although the 26-year-old was already sidelined with a quad injury before he hurt his hand in the January incident, Griffin may not be able to suit up when he is healthy if the NBA decides to discipline him.
"I exercised poor judgment. ... It's something I feel awful about," Griffin added, per the Los Angeles Times' Ben Bolch. Griffin also said he doesn't need anger management courses and said of the fight, "That's something I think about every day and I wish I could take it back."
According to Griffin, Testi told him, "This stuff happens and we're like brothers and you just kind of move on."
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Per Bolch, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday there isn't concern Griffin will be out for the rest of the 2015-16 season. Rivers added the team won't trade him ahead of Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline.
"I think Blake and his people know what's going on. I think it's affected ESPN and all the talk shows," Rivers said.
Alex Crawford of 1080 The Fan was among those who didn't see the logic in the Clippers trading Griffin:
Alex Crawford @dr_crawf
I'll eat the fattest crow sando if I'm wrong but there is NO way the Clippers trade Blake Griffin. Absolutely zero reason to.2/17/2016, 12:23:40 AM
In addition to Tuesday's impromptu address to the media, Griffin issued an apology last month on Twitter for the incident with Testi.
All indications are L.A. is standing by Griffin and plans for him to remain with the team for the long haul. Relations between him and Testi have also seemingly been repaired.
Speculation has inevitably swirled prior to the trade deadline about Griffin's future, given his recent conduct and the fact the Clippers have gone 18-5 in his absence.
But if Rivers' squad is meant to have its best chance at dethroning the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference, it needs Griffin for its playoff run. He is averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and five assists per game, and the Clippers are surely hoping he returns soon so he can re-establish his All-Star-caliber form before the playoffs start.
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