Blake Griffin gets January court date for misdemeanor battery charge

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Daniel Schuman claims that Blake Griffin squeezed his hand and shoulder then slapping him in a Las Vegas night club back in October (when the Clippers were in town for a preseason game). The Las Vegas Police investigated and the Clark County D.A. charged Griffin with misdemeanor battery.

Griffin’s attorney was in court on the case Monday for procedural steps and a court date in January has been set for the prelims, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem William Jansen set a Jan. 12 status check in the misdemeanor battery case. That hearing will be the next step in determining whether Griffin will face trial on the charge.

“I told the court that I had been talking to the prosecuting attorney and we agreed to set a date for the status check,” Griffin’s attorney, Richard Schonfeld, told the Los Angeles Times. “I have completed my independent investigation and will be prepared to present it to the court.”

Griffin has said he could not comment on the charges but felt confident in the situation. He apologized to his teammates for the distraction.

While in theory Griffin could get up to six months in jail for this, the reality is even if he is convicted — and we are a long, long way from that — he would get a fine and community service.