The incident took place on October 19th and involved a man named Daniel Schuman. The charges were filed on Wednesday November 12th, and according to the filing, “willfully and unlawfully used force or violence” against Schuman.
Griffin reportedly squeezed Schuman’s hand and allegedly slapped him in the face. The report seems to further indicate that Griffin had become frustrated with the flashing of cameras in his face, and grabbed Schuman’s phone, and the alleged battery incident took place.
Griffin was not alone at the nightclub, fellow Clippers’ teammates Deandre Jordan and All Star point Guard Chris Paul were also present, however there is no indication that they had any involvement in the incident that took place between Griffin and Schuman.
The maximum possible penalty if Griffin is found to be guilty is either 6 months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
While the charges are surely something Griffin and the Clippers organization would have liked to avoid, the franchise is standing behind Griffin, and so is head coach Doc Rivers. Rivers said, “I trust Blake 100 percent. He’s a great kid. We’ll figure it out and get through it.”
So far, the Los Angeles Clippers are just 4-3, but have begun to play better basketball after getting trounced by the Golden State Warriors. After being decimated by the Warriors, the Clippers have shown better effort on the defensive side of the ball, as well as working harder on the glass, beginning to overcome the struggles the team had through the preseason and some of the early part of the regular season.
Griffin’s arraignment on Decmeber 8th in front of A Las Vegas justice of the peace.
Rivers, the organization, and Griffin seem to be relatively certain that everything will work out in their favor, which is something the Clippers would need.
The loss of Blake Griffin, if it does come to that, would be a devastating blow for a Clippers squad that has their sights set on a deep playoff run, so they hope it doesn’t come to that.