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Blake Griffin Suspended 4 Games, No Pay ... For Toronto Fight

2/9/2016 1:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0209-blake-griffin-tmz-01Blake Griffin will be suspended 4 games -- without pay -- for punching the Clippers equipment assistant manager during a violent altercation in Toronto last month. 

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."

"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."

The team initially said Blake's injuries will take 4 to 6 weeks to heal. No word if that timeline still holds true -- but the hand looked pretty gnarly last week following a surgical procedure on his broken finger. 

Story developing ... 

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Blake Griffin My Punching Hand Is Swell ... 1st Pics of Busted Fist

2/3/2016 3:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0203_blake_griffin_hand_surgery_scar_injury_photo_launchBlake Griffin's punching hand is still swollen and scarred ... roughly one week after the NBA star underwent surgery for injuries caused from his Toronto fistfight ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

The Clippers star finally surfaced in L.A. on Wednesday -- and you can see the scar on his right hand from last Tuesday's procedure to repair the spiral fracture on his 4th metacarpal. 

Blake busted himself up punching the team equipment manager during a violent altercation in Toronto on January 23rd. The team has said Blake needs 4 to 6 weeks to recover. 

L.A. Clippers Teammates Upset at Blake 'Letting the Team Down'

1/30/2016 12:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0129-blake-griffin-tmz-01Blake Griffin isn't just in the doghouse with Clippers management -- but multiple teammates are also upset with the NBA star ... with one player telling TMZ Sports, "He let the team down."

We've spoken with several people in the Clippers organization -- including players -- who tell us people are sour on Blake because he acted "selfishly" when he punched the team's equipment manager. 

Our sources tell us ... Blake and Matias Testi had been arguing pretty intensely at Sotto Sotto in Toronto -- but it escalated when Testi called Blake a "bitch" ... and Blake felt disrespected. 

The players we spoke with say they feel bad for both Blake and Testi -- both are well liked in the organization -- but they're more upset with Blake because his stupid mistake really hurts the team. 

Is the situation fixable? From what we're told, yes ... but it's on Blake to win back the team -- and the owner -- who had issued a statement essentially saying Griffin was a disgrace to the team. 

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Blake Griffin Kia Mum On Future with NBA Star

1/29/2016 12:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0129-blake-griffin-tmz-01Kia isn't exactly rushing to the defense of their superstar pitchman Blake Griffin -- with the car company refusing to say if they'll stand by the NBA star in the wake of his fistfight in Toronto. 

We reached out to Kia to ask if Blake's job is safe ... this is all we got back: 

"Kia is not offering comment on this matter."

Not exactly a rousing show of support for a guy who's had a working relationship with Kia since 2011. 

We're guessing Kia's just waiting to see how the NBA investigation shakes out before committing to any course of action ... can't really blame 'em. 

As for Blake, he's already had the most powerful man in the NBA go to bat for him -- so, he's probably not too worried. 

Glen Davis Clips Won't Win Championship without Blake

1/28/2016 6:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Clippers would be stupid to trade away Blake Griffin after the fight in Toronto ... 'cause they won't win a chip without him ... so says his former teammate Glen "Big Baby" Davis.

Big Baby says he hasn't spoken with Griffin personally yet (and jokingly speculates on what the fight could've been about) ... but the important thing is the end, where Davis says he thinks the team will come out STRONGER after the incident. 

Gonna have to wait 4 to 6 weeks to find out if he's right. 

NFL's Ricky Williams Clippers Should Fire Equipment Guy ... Here's Why

1/27/2016 3:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It doesn't matter if he got punched in the face, the Clippers need to FIRE the equipment guy for his role in the Blake Griffin fight, stat ... so says ex-NFL star Ricky Williams

Long story short ... Ricky says the equipment guy needs to know his role with the team -- and that's to not put himself in a situation where the star player wants to beat his face in! 

Don't get it twisted ... Ricky says Blake deserves to be punished as well -- and tells us a story about what he thinks his former coach Mike Ditka would've done if he was in charge of the Clips.

Dennis Rodman Blake's Punch Won't Matter ... If He Helps Clips Win

1/27/2016 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dennis Rodman says Blake Griffin's punch WON'T be a factor if the Clippers decides to trade him -- saying in the end, it comes down to one thing ... if can he help the team win on the court. 

Rodman was at the Staples Center for the Lakers game Tuesday night when we asked for his thoughts on the situation

"It don't matter. He makes too much money."

The Worm went on to explain himself ... saying Griffin's future depends on one thing -- can the team win without him?? 

Blake Griffin I Screwed Up ... I'm Sorry

1/26/2016 8:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0126-blake-griffin-TMZ-01Blake Griffin has broken his silence about his broken hand ... saying he regrets punching his friend in the face during a dispute in Toronto ... and apologizes for "creating a distraction."

Griffin just issued a statement about the Jan. 23rd incident -- saying, "A situation among friends escalated and I regret the way I handled myself towards someone I care about."

"I want to apologize to the Clippers organization, my teammates and the fans for creating a distraction.

"I am working with the team on a resolution and getting back in the game as soon as possible."

Griffin reportedly punched the team's equipment assistant in the face during a dispute at a restaurant. The NBA star broke his hand in the process and underwent surgery that will keep him off the court for 4 to 6 weeks

Blake Griffin Toronto PD Not Investigating Fight 'No One Filed Report'

1/26/2016 11:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0126-blake-tmz-01The Toronto Police tell TMZ Sports they are NOT investigating the reported Blake Griffin restaurant fight that went down during the Clippers' recent trip to Canada ... because no one has filed a report. 

We spoke with Toronto Police Service media relations officer, Caroline De Kloet, who says Blake's name is not in their system which means there's nothing actively underway. 

According to several reports, Griffin punched the team's equipment manager during an altercation at a Toronto restaurant ... and broke his own hand in the process. 

The other person involved in the fight was reportedly hospitalized for his injuries. 

But just because there's no current investigation doesn't mean Griffin is in the clear -- the Toronto PD says if someone files a report, they will open an investigation ... but until that time, there's nothing to investigate. 

DJ Khaled & Jay Z Power Summit with Huge Stars ... At Clippers Game

1/14/2016 7:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If you wanna rub elbows with the most powerful men in hip-hop -- get yourself tickets to a Clippers game -- just like Jay Z, DJ Khaled, Future and more did Wednesday night. 

The rap superstars were all sitting courtside at the Staples Center as the smokin' hot Clippers beat up on the Miami Heat for their 10th straight win. 

0114-dj-khaled-jayz-getty-01Of course, DJ Khaled snapchatted the entire thing -- as he hobnobbed with the rich, famous and powerful ... including Pat Riley and Jimmy Goldstein. 

The key to success ... is good seats. 

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Austin Rivers Clippers Are Like Kanye Hated ... But Respected

1/11/2016 5:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

This is interesting ... L.A. Clippers star Austin Rivers says if he had to compare his team to a rapper -- they'd be Kanye West because people hate 'em ... but respect 'em at the same time. 

23-year-old Rivers was leaving Hyde on Sunset when he told us ... despite the team's 9 GAME win streak, there's still no love out there for the 4th place Clips. 

"The people don't care for us too much," Rivers said ... "I don't know why, I'm new here!"

Just keep winning -- the people will come around ... right? 

Chris Paul Schmoozin' with Huge Stars ... Before Clips Game

11/3/2015 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1103-floyd-mayweather-clippers-getty-01When you play pro ball in L.A., schmoozin' with the celebrities is part of the job ... just ask Chris Paul who chummed it up with Floyd Mayweather and Kevin Hart before Monday's game. 

Both Floyd and Kev had courtside seats to watch the Clippers take on the Phoenix Suns -- and each star got a personal visit from CP3 before tip off ... pretty cool, right? 

1103-kevin-hart-clippers-getty-01BTW, Kev took his son to the game ... and judging by the look on his face as the Clips pulled away ... dude had a good time. 

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Jamie Foxx Nails Perfect LeBron Impression ... For NBA Owner

10/30/2015 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Everyone wants to be LeBron James -- including Kings owner Vivek Ranadive -- so, he got Jamie Foxx to teach him how ... and the video is HILARIOUS!!

The two hooked up during the Clippers vs. Kings game earlier this week ... when Foxx busted out a PERFECT IMPRESSION ... complete with the King James facial expressions. 

He even nailed the look LeBron gives when he backpedals after a bad play.

Give that man ANOTHER Oscar. 

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