Blake Griffin broke his right hand while punching Clippers assistant equipment manager Matias Testi, after things went sideways during a dinner in Toronto between the two men who are not only coworkers, but also close personal friends.
Additional details are beginning to emerge of what exactly caused Griffin to snap to the point where he'd risk an injury, and it turns out that DeAndre Jordan was also in attendance. Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times has more:
Griffin and Testi had engaged in some of their routine back-and-forth teasing when things became heated, with the confrontation starting inside the restaurant and continuing outside and involving multiple blows from Griffin, said a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to discuss it publicly.
Jordan and Resendez were interviewed Wednesday in Atlanta by NBA security investigating the altercation, according to league officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. NBA officials are expected to soon interview Griffin and Testi while determining whether there is video of the incident from the restaurant.
No police report was filed after Testi downplayed the situation on the scene and told police he was OK, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
Griffin is extremely fortunate that he wasn't arrested after the police arrived, and while these things can obviously escalate extremely quickly, it seems kind of odd that Jordan was unable to intervene to prevent this from taking place.
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