Investigators in the Blake Griffin pimp slap case have obtained nightclub security footage which shows a confrontation between the NBA star and his accuser ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... the footage from Tao nightclub in Vegas shows Blake and his accuser Daniel Schuman in a heated situation -- but we're told the alleged slap was not captured by the security cameras.
We broke the story ... Griffin has been charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly going all Zsa Zsa Gabor on Schuman on October 19th.
In the moments following the incident, Schuman gave a report to Tao security saying Blake got physical with him because he thought Daniel was sneaking a cell phone pic.
Blake's teammate DeAndre Jordan -- who was with Blake and several other Clippers at the club -- told us he NEVER saw Blake strike anyone that night (video below).
As for Blake, he has yet to comment on the situation.
Clippers Star Charged
In Vegas Bitch Slapping
11/12/2014 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Blake Griffin has been charged with a crime for allegedly slapping the crap out of a man inside a Las Vegas nightclub ...TMZ Sports has learned.
The incident went down last month when Blake was at Tao Nightclub. According to the alleged victim -- Daniel Schuman -- the Clippers superstar was upset by camera flashes in his face ... so he grabbed Daniel's phone and neck. Daniel says Blake squeezed his neck, and demanded he give up his phone.
According to docs -- obtained by TMZ Sports ... the Clark County D.A. has now charged Griffin with one count of misdemeanor battery. He faces 6 months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine -- though a jail sentence is highly unlikely since Blake has no prior convictions for violent crimes.
Blake was with DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul that night. None of the other players were involved in the alleged incident.
NBA Player Reggie Bullock
Mom Gets V.I.P. Treatment
... In Awesome Video
11/12/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
**Warning -- this video is going to make you smile**
He was a 1st round pick in the NBA draft last year, but Reggie Bullock isn't too big to PERSONALLY roll out the red carpet for his mom when she comes out to L.A. this week ... and TMZ Sports has the footage to prove it!
Not only did the 23-year-old millionaire go right to the arrivals gate at LAX to greet his mother after her flight in from North Carolina ... but he crammed his entire 6'7" frame into the backseat of the waiting 2-door car to make sure she sat comfortably in the front seat.
After they got home, the L.A. Clippers player posted a pic of the two of them to Instagram with the caption ... "With my #1 #mommasBOY."
C'mon ... that's sweet.
Rebounding Is Better
... 2 Chicks At a Time
11/3/2014 6:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
He's single (kinda) ... and now it's clear Matt Barnes is lookin' to mingle -- because the NBA star was chattin' it up with TWO ladies outside Greystone this weekend.
As we previously reported, the L.A. Clippers star recently separated from his wife Gloria Govan -- and though the "Basketball Wives: LA" star claims there's a shot at reconciliation, we're hearing it just ain't so.
Fast forward to Sunday night/Monday morning ... and it's pretty clear Barnes is looking to move on.
Unless Matt was just looking to make some new platonic friends at 3 A.M.
Attends Clippers Game
... As Team's #1 Fan
10/31/2014 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With her racist husband banned from the arena, Shelly Sterling hit up Staples Center in L.A. last night to watch the Clippers play ... under new management.
As we previously reported, Shelly demanded to be recognized as the team's "Owner Emeritus" and "Clippers' Number 1 Fan" when she sold the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion ... and it seems like Steve is a man of his word.
Shelly sat right on the court during the Clip's victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder ... and cheered on all of the people who hate her husband.
We spoke with several Staples Center employees who tell us they had no problem with Shelly being at the game -- because they feel the beef isn't really with her ... it's with Donald.
Sorry Gloria ...
This Split Ain't Amicable
10/30/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Our sources tell us ... Matt was the one who called things off with the "Basketball Wives" star -- and he's still upset and hurt about the things that led up to the split.
The Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan break-up isn't as friendly and happy and cheery as she says it is ... this according to sources close to Matt, who tell us this thing is pretty damn far from amicable.
As we previously reported, Matt believed there were major "trust issues" in the relationship -- and now we know reconciliation is the last thing on his mind.
Meantime, Gloria insists the two are working things out -- and have a "dope" relationship and are working together to co-parent their twin sons.
We're told that Matt is 100% committed to the children -- he just has issues with their mother.
Split from Matt Barnes Is Amicable
... 'We're Dope'
10/29/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan says a reconciliation with L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes is NOT out of the question ... telling TMZ Sports the split with her estranged hubby is "definitely amicable."
We broke the story ... Matt separated from Gloria earlier this summer with sources telling us "trust issues" played a part in the split. So far, neither Matt nor Gloria have filed for divorce.
Now, Gloria tells us the two are still on pretty good terms -- "we're dope" -- and says they're working together extremely well to co-parent their twin boys.
It's an interesting turn of events ... considering Gloria is being sued for allegedly forging Matt's name on official documents to take out a secret $150k loan.
Gloria also says she expects to get together with Matt this weekend to help the kids celebrate Halloween.
Stay tuned ..
I Wanna Sign LeBron, D-Wade's Kids!!!
10/28/2014 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Clippers President Doc Rivers knows recruiting can be tough ... which is why he's already calling DIBS on LeBron James' and Dwyane Wade's kids!!
Rivers was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood Monday night when we asked if he thinks Bron's or D-Wade's sons had a shot to make the NBA when they grow up.
FYI -- LeBron has two boys (10 and 7) who are already generating serious buzz in the basketball world ... and Dwyane's boys have been ranked as some of the top youth prospects in the country.
"I want rights to all their kids," Doc said.
Check out the clip of Wade's kid Zaire -- Doc knows what's up.
I Didn't See Blake Griffin Slap Anyone
10/23/2014 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A key witness has emerged in Blake Griffin's alleged slap scandal -- his teammate DeAndre Jordan who was WITH the L.A. Clippers star the night of the incident.
We spoke to DeAndre out in L.A. yesterday who told us he had NO IDEA Blake was being investigated by police for allegedly pulling a Zsa Zsa Gabor on a patron at Tao nightclub early Sunday morning.
As we previously reported, Jordan was partying with Blake and several other Clippers teammates that night -- but tells TMZ Sports he has no recollection of Blake whipping out the pimp hand that night.
As for Blake, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department says it's looking into the allegations -- but so far, no charges have been filed.
ALLEGEDLY BITCH-SLAPPED CLUBGOER
... Cops Investigating
10/22/2014 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Blake Griffin has been accused of bitch-slapping a 39-year-old man inside a nightclub in Vegas this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Here's what we know ... a man named Daniel says he was partying at Tao nightclub in the Venetian in the early hours of October 19th when he tried to take a cell phone pic of the crowd.
According to a statement Daniel gave to Tao security, the man says Blake (who was partying at the club with his L.A. Clippers teammates) was bothered by the flash of the camera -- and "grabbed my phone with one hand."
Daniel says he didn't let go of the phone because his ID and credit card were attached to it -- so Blake grabbed his neck and began to squeeze while demanding Daniel give up his phone "or else."
According to the statement, the two eventually separated after Blake took the phone -- and when Daniel tried to ask for it back, Blake struck again ... grabbing his neck and squeezing for a second time.
Daniel says when security finally got to the scene -- Blake told them, "Get him the f**k out of this club."
Daniel says Blake then "slapped me in the right side of my face."
After he left the club, Daniel filed a battery report with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. He says cops came to his hotel the next day and spoke with him for about an hour.
So far, attempts to reach Blake for comment have been unsuccessful.
Story developing ...
Chris Paul & Blake Griffin
HILARIOUS ROOKIE HAZING
In Vegas Nightclub
10/20/2014 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seems the L.A. Clippers are over that whole Donald Sterling thing -- because the team hit up a Vegas nightclub together Saturday night ... and even (playfully) hazed one of their rookies right on the dance floor.
It all went down at Tao in the Venetian -- where Chris Paul was the "celebrity host." But CP3 didn't come alone ... he was joined by teammates Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick, Big Baby Davis and more.
There were bottles, there were hot ladies ... and there was a moment where the guys forced rookie C.J. Wilcox to get on the dance floor and turn up while the team cheered him on.
Not exactly Miami Dolphins-style hazing.
At one point, Big Baby grabbed the mic and led the crowd in a rendition of his single, "Big Baby Gon Turn It Up" ... and everyone loved it.
It's clear these guys really like each other off the court -- question is ... will their close-knit bond translate to wins ON the court? Stay tuned ...
Matt Barnes & Gloria
Will Get Back Together
... Says Gloria's Sister
10/17/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't put a fork in Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan's marriage just yet ... 'CAUSE IT AIN'T OVER ... so says Gloria's sister Laura Govan -- who knows what it's like to be in a relationship with an NBA star.
Laura -- who has 4 kids with NBA star Gilbert Arenas -- was out in Calabasas when our photog asked if there was chance her sister would ever reconcile with Matt now that they've separated.
Peep the video -- it's clear Laura's a "glass half full" type of gal ... and explains why there's no doubt they'll be one happy couple again in no time.
RIPS Donald Sterling
'He Was Like A Weird Uncle'
10/16/2014 10:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Blake Griffin says he's THRILLED the Clips are finally rid of Donald Sterling -- saying the guy was "like a weird uncle" who was clearly "off his rocker."
Griffin just spilled his guts about his former boss on The Players Tribune -- saying his relationship with Sterling was bizarre from day 1 ... when the old man tried to hook him up with two women at a Malibu beach party who were likely paid escorts.
"Two blonde models showed up on either side of me. They had clearly been hired for the event. I knew this because they were wearing size XXXX-L Clippers T-shirts tied at the stomach. I looked at Sterling. He had a big dumb grin on his face. I looked at one of the girls, as if to say, “Uhhh, you don’t have to do this.” She looked back: “Uhhh, yes I do."
In the article, Griffin also talks about how he felt the first time he heard the infamous Sterling audio recording -- saying:
"It was shocking to actually hear what he said, but not really that surprising to me."
There's more about Sterling ... here are some of the highlights:
-- "The guy was off his rocker."
-- "He kind of sounds like a combination of Walter Matthau and Michael Jackson."
-- "[Steve Ballmer] is a good dude. He’s like a cool dad who gives you candy. Donald was like a weird uncle"
Griffin concluded his tell-all with this nugget:
"Someone asked me the other day if I’m mad that he made out with $2 billion for selling the team. Maybe a little bit. But in the end, I’m just happy he’s gone."