Los Angeles Clippers superstar, Blake Griffin, has missed the last 15 games with a partially torn quadriceps. The star forward was expected to make his return to the floor as early as tonight in Indiana, but it looks like he is going to miss even more time due to a bizarre incident involving a Clippers equipment manager.
ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne reported that Griffin flew back to L.A. after apparently breaking his right hand during what was initially reported as an “undisclosed team-related incident.” Now, ESPN is reporting that Blake Griffin injured his right hand after hitting a member of the team’s equipment staff during an argument in Toronto.
According to Michael Eaves, the altercation started in a restaurant and then proceeded outside where Griffin hit the equipment staffer multiple times. This is a huge blow to the Clippers who have been surging as of late without their high-flying superstar. The Clippers have gone 11-3 since Griffin was lost to the quadriceps injury, but only two of those wins have come against teams with records of .500 or better. It’s a particularly bizarre incident, given that Griffin is widely regarded as one of the most likable and marketable superstars not only in the NBA, but in all of sports. However, like the great prophet Desus would say, got to hear both sides.
According to sources close to the situation, Matias Testi is the Clippers’ equipment manager and one of Griffin and DeAndre Jordan’s best friends. Griffin will likely miss several more weeks due to the fracture.
More on this story as it develops.
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