Doc Rivers Blake Griffin: Griffin ‘Feels Awful’
Published: January 31, 2016
Doc Rivers Blake Griffin: Griffin ‘Feels Awful’, The only sign of Blake Griffin at tipoff Friday night was a massive banner of the power forward far above the Staples Center court, his mouth agape and his arm muscles rippling.
Looming much larger over the Clippers was continuing uncertainty about when they might see the real-life version back in his home arena. Griffin presumably will appear in a suit on the bench long before he’s able to put on a uniform.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said the team had completed its part of the investigation into an altercation a week ago in Toronto in which Griffin repeatedly punched team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi, leaving Griffin with a broken right hand and Testi with a severely swollen face.
“We’re very satisfied with all the information we have,” Rivers said before the Clippers defeated the Lakers, 105-93, for their ninth consecutive victory in the series. “For us, it’s closed.”
Punishment for Griffin could be announced as soon as early next week, said a person close to the situation not authorized to discuss it publicly. Rivers said the NBA would take the lead in determining disciplinary measures, which could include a suspension and/or a fine.
Griffin is already slated to miss four to six weeks because of his broken hand. Rivers intimated that Griffin would rejoin his teammates on the bench once his punishment was announced but said he was unsure when Testi would return to the locker room.
Rivers said Griffin had expressed remorse in conversations with the coach and his teammates. Griffin also has resumed speaking to Testi, Rivers said, though the coach did not know whether the longtime friends had reached an agreement that would avoid a legal entanglement.
“He feels awful about it and he’s let everyone know that,” Rivers said of Griffin. “That’s all you can do, man. You have to forgive people at some point. I believe that. We built Richard Nixon a library.”
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