Former Sooner star Blake Griffin will miss four to six weeks with a broken hand after throwing a punch on Saturday, January 23, while the Los Angeles Clippers were in Toronto.
ESPN is reporting Griffin threw a punch at a member of the Clippers equipment staff at a restaurant in Toronto.
The Clippers released this statement about Griffin on Tuesday afternoon:
“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,” the Clippers said in a statement, without detailing what happened. “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. 25 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.”
Griffin had not played since Christmas Day, as he was nursing an injured quadriceps tendon.
He was expected to be close to returning at the time of the incident.
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ESPN’s report indicated Griffin and the staff member were both sent home from the road trip.
The Clippers play at Indiana on Tuesday night, January 26.
They play at Atlanta on Jan. 27 before returning home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, January 29.
Griffin is among the finalists for the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team for this year’s Summer Olympics in Brazil, and the University of Oklahoma has plans to honor Griffin by retiring his jersey on March 1 at the Lloyd Noble Center.