Every day, Blake Griffin pounds people on the basketball court. Now, there are claims that he did so off-court, too. The Clippers star, Oklahoma City native and former OU All-American was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery after allegedly squeezing [39-year-old Daniel Schulmans] hand and shoulder and/or slapping him in the face.
Reports show that the scuffle stemmed from Schulman taking a photo of Griffin after a night of fun at Las Vegas TAO Nightclub.
Unfortunately for Griffin, what happened in Vegas left Vegas.
When asked to comment after practice last week, Griffin declined.
I really cant, ESPN reported. Im not really allowed to speak on that, but Im very confident in the situation. So once I can, I will.
When asked if the charges were scary, Griffin who is 6 feet 10 inches tall, 251 pounds and presumably not afraid of anything (except spiders, like the rest of us) didnt cower.
No, I definitely would not say scary, Griffin said. I mean, I feel more bad just for the fact that its a distraction. And I dont know how big of a distraction it really is, but it is. And thats what I feel mostly bad about.
The Los Angeles Times reported that if convicted, Griffin faces up to six months of jail time, a $1,000 fine and/or community service under Nevada law.
More likely, Griffin will get a hard wrist-slapping from the NBA first. Or maybe a solid face-slapping. Because, you know, justice.