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Blake Griffin Breaks His Hand On Staff Member’s Face


There is simply no end to the Los Angeles Clippers proving they are a franchise in shambles. It has been this way for decades. For decades, they existed solely because LA was a big enough market to support two teams. More recently, their owner was outed as a massive KKK-level racist and thanks to some clever league maneuvering and the fact that Steve Ballmer had money to throw around, they got out of the whole sordid story unscathed.

Even right now, when they have one of the best coaches in the league, probably the best point guard playing today and one of three best power forwards in the game, they still can’t get their act together. They make stupid trades, they lose important games and simply cannot live up to their potential. It is like a curse.

This week, things got even worse when it was reported Blake Griffin (one of three best power forwards in the game) broke his hand. This would be just another story of professional sport injuries if not for the way he broke it. Namely, Blake broke his hand by punching a member of the Clippers staff. Let that sink in for a moment. One of two best players on the team and one of biggest stars in the NBA punched a man who works for his team.

We really cannot think of any other NBA team where something like this would happen. If for no other reason than the fact that the 1990s are over. ESPN’s sources had the first insight into the incident that, according to them, happened in Toronto. Namely, on Saturday night last weekend, Griffin punched a man called Matias Testi, the assistant equipment manager for the Clips. The incident took place at a restaurant where a verbal altercation between the two developed into a fight during which Blake punched Testi in the face.

The story was followed by a report of Griffin’s injury (because who cares about an assistant equipment manager’s face) which was characterized as “a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal”. This injury is expected to keep Griffin off the court for at least 4-6 weeks.

The Clipper’s coach, Doc Rivers was among the first to comment, saying, among other things, “No, I’m not satisfied with anything right now”. We feel for him. This is not the kind of stuff you hope for when you are trying to compete with teams like the Warriors and the Spurs. Of course, Blake issued a standard issue type of apology on Twitter:

And there you have it, the Clippers doing Clippers stuff.

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