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Clippers’ Blake Griffin Injured in Fight With Equipment Manager

Austin Rivers #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers is held back by Sam Cassell and Blake Griffin as players from the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers exchange words on the court at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2016 in New York City.
Austin Rivers #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers is held back by Sam Cassell and Blake Griffin as players from the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers exchange words on the court at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2016 in New York City.

*Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin got into a fight with someone on the team’s equipment staff – and now his right hand is injured.

“Multiple sources” reportedly tell ESPN that Griffin and the equipment staffer got into an argument in a restaurant during the team’s trip to Toronto. Griffin hit the man, who then left the restaurant and went outside. Griffin followed him outside and socked him again.

Griffin suffered a suspected fracture in his hand in the incident, sources told ESPN early Tuesday. The equipment staffer’s face was injured, and both Griffin and the equipment staffer were sent home after the incident, according to the sources.

The hand injury is expected to keep Griffin out “a matter of weeks, as opposed to days,” a source added.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said at practice Tuesday morning that the team would issue a statement on the situation before its game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

L.A. flies to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Wednesday before returning home to face crosstown rivals the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday at Staples Center. Griffin, who has been out with a quadriceps injury, originally hoped to return to the lineup during this road trip. The Clippers have gone 11-3 in his absence.

This isn’t the first time Griffin’s temper has gotten the best of him. In November 2014, Griffin was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery after allegedly getting into an altercation with a man at a Las Vegas nightclub. According to reports at the time of the incident, Griffin was upset by camera flashes in his face and grabbed the man’s phone. Prosecutors dropped the case in March of last year, saying they couldn’t prove the allegations.

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