Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Clippers’ Blake Griffin Apologizes for Hitting Equipment Manager

Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin

*Blake Griffin has issued an apology for a weekend scuffle that leaves his Los Angeles Clippers team without their star forward for an additional four to six weeks.

Hours after the Clippers confirmed that Griffin broke a bone in his right hand while punching Matias Testi, the team’s assistant equipment manager, Griffin expressed regret for his actions in a tweet Tuesday night:

The punch took place Saturday night in Toronto,  part of a five-game road trip. They played the Raptors the day after the incident, losing 112-94.

Sources said Griffin and Testi (reportedly good friends who once vacationed together) were at a restaurant when they traded insults and got into an argument. Griffin hit Testi, who then left the restaurant and went outside. Griffin followed him outside and hit him again. Testi had visible injuries to his face, sources told ESPN.

Both Griffin and Testi were sent home from the road trip after the incident.

Meeting with reporters earlier Tuesday, Clippers coach Doc Rivers called the incident “frustrating” and a “distraction” for a team that has clawed its way back in the competitive Western Conference.

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