Blake Griffin was suspended four games without pay on Tuesday for punching a team staff member, and the Los Angeles Clippers will dock the star forward’s pay for an additional game because he broke his shooting hand.
The team issued a statement saying,
“Blake has been suspended without pay for 4 games for striking a team employee on Jan. 23 and his wages will be withheld for one additional game for injuries he sustained.”
“The Clippers will donate the salary from the 5 games to charities focused on disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles.
At his request, Blake will support this activity with his time.”
The team says Blake
“is remorseful and has apologized for his actions.”
A team spokesman said the suspension will begin when Griffin is healthy, cleared to play and active.
He was expected to be out four-to-six weeks while his hand heals from the Jan. 23 incident in Toronto.
The spokesman said the fine was issued by the Clippers, with the NBA assisting in the investigation of the incident as well as in the disciplinary process.
No other punishment from the league is expected.
“For our team and organization, it is time to move forward which begins today and ultimately concludes when we have Blake back on the court.”
In all, Griffin will lose $859,442 from his season salary of $18,907,725.