The Clippers confirmed everything but who was on the receiving end of Griffin’s punch:
The following is a joint statement from L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers:
L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand throwing a punch on Jan. 23 in Toronto.
This conduct has no place in our organization and this incident does not represent who we are as a team. We are conducting a full investigation with assistance from the NBA. At the conclusion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken.
Griffin received X-rays on Jan. 25th in Los Angeles that revealed the injury and he underwent a procedure on his hand Tuesday morning. The procedure was performed by Dr. Steve Shin. Recovery time from the injury is approximately four to six weeks.
This is how you get ahead of a story like this (something not every team realized). Griffin put himself and the Clippers into a bad situation. At least the team isn’t making it worse – quickly rebuking Griffin and having Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers put their name on it.
Given the tone of that statement, I’d be surprised if Griffin isn’t suspended. The Clippers and NBA might need to investigate further, but the Clippers are already saying he punched someone and violated their code of conduct. That sounds like a suspension-worthy offense.