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L.A. Clippers Blake Griffin Punch Victim 'No Longer Works For Team'

7/27/2016 1:27 PM PDT

0727_Matias-Testi_blake-griffin-tmzinstagramThe L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team -- and will NOT be back for the '16/'17 season ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi "no longer works for the team."

Testi had been employed by the Clippers for years -- and was on the road with Griffin back in January when the NBA superstar snapped and punched him in the head.

Griffin broke his hand during the incident and was later suspended by the team.  

It seemed the two sides buried the hatchet -- with Blake and Matias shaking hands at a Clippers game one month after the fight. 

The Clippers wouldn't say whether Testi was fired or if he quit -- or if the fight had anything to do with the situation. 

Kevin Durant Clippers Honchos Arrive for Meeting ... DeAndre, Ballmer & Doc

7/1/2016 4:10 PM PDT

070116-doc-rivers-deandre-jordan-inf-02The Clippers have landed in NY -- with DeAndre Jordan, Doc Rivers and Steve Ballmer all laser focused on signing Kevin Durant

The Clippers trio touched down in the Hamptons -- where they're reportedly set to meet with KD, who became an unrestricted free agent on Friday. 

Ballmer and Rivers managed to pry Jordan out of an essentially done deal with the Dallas Mavericks last year -- but can they work their same magic on Durant???

We'll see ... 


Clippers Coach Here's Why I Socked DeAndre Jordan ...

6/1/2016 6:25 AM PDT

Why would ANYONE punch a 6'11" NBA superstar in the face during a playoff game??? 

That's the question we posed to Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson at LAX Tuesday -- referring to the chin check he gave DeAndre Jordan back in April. 

Don't worry, it's not like he socked DeAndre's lights out -- Woodson explains it was more like a love tap to wake DJ up and "get him going."

You gotta watch the clip ... Woodson's awesome -- and explains the chin check ain't (and should NOT be) standard operating procedure with coaches. 

We also asked if DeAndre ever got to return the favor -- his answer is pretty funny. 

Austin Rivers Pumped About 'Ninja Turtles' Cameo ... Gunning For 'Space Jam 2'

5/21/2016 12:35 AM PDT

When in L.A. ... you get in the movies -- just like Clippers star Austin Rivers, who locked up a pretty sweet cameo in the new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movie! 

We spoke with Austin -- who's still recovering from that gnarly eye injury he suffered earlier in the NBA playoff -- and he told us he was super stoked to get a role in a scene shot at Madison Square Garden.

So, what's next ... "SPACE JAM 2" -- that is, if producers hit him up for a role. 

C'mon LeBron, you can pull some strings, right? 

DeAndre Jordan Undercover Nightclub Party ... After Clippers Loss

4/28/2016 9:32 AM PDT

428-deandre-jordan-tmz-sportsHow do you get your mind off a crushing Game 5 playoff loss?? If you're DeAndre Jordan ... YOU TURN UP!!!

Hours after the Trailblazers downed the Clippers at Staples Center ... Jordan hit up Warwick nightclub in Hollywood with a few lady friends. 

We're told Jordan tried to keep things low key ... but it's hard to miss a 6'11" NBA star ... even with a jacket over his head.

It's hard to blame the guy ... with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin out for the rest of the playoffs, DeAndre could probably use a drink or two ... or three ... or ten. 

L.A. Lakers/Clippers Game Terrorist Threat at Game 'You Are All Going to F***** Die Tonight'

3/25/2016 3:14 PM PDT

032516-gameshot-staples-getty-04Someone called the cops exactly one minute before tip off at a Lakers/Clippers game to inform them terrorists were in the crowd with bombs and guns and their mission was to kill in the name of Jihad. 

TMZ has obtained an LAPD search warrant chronicling a chilling phone call received by an LAPD officer at 7:29 PM on January 29, 2016.  According to the warrant, a "robotic voice" stated the following: "Several people in the crowd seated strategically have explosives strapped to their chest and explosives in their shoes."

The voice went on to say, "Some of them are also strapped with Glock 18, have guns and will shoot any patron that may come in their path. We are doing this for Allah and for Jihad. We are going to slaughter the patrons of tonight's Lakers/Clippers game and there is no one that can stop us."

The caller wasn't done ... "We have people hostage in some of the bathrooms already and we shot one in the knee cap. You are all going to f***** die tonight, you filthy Americans."

According to the warrant, the police believe the call came from a Skype line and the culprit used a robotic voice to mask his/her identity.

The cops got a search warrant to force Skype to hand over the account information connected to the number.

LAPD tells us they are still investigating and have no suspects.

L.A. Clippers Girl Hey Steve Ballmer Pay Us More (You Can Afford It!)

3/17/2016 8:25 AM PDT

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is being called out by one of the Clipper Girls ... who says the dance squad deserves a serious RAISE ... especially since the billionaire can afford it! 

Athena Perample -- who also stars on the "L.A. Clippers Dance Squad" reality show -- was leaving Craig's Wednesday night with showman Jeff Beacher when we asked if NBA cheerleaders do better than their NFL counterparts. 

That's when Athena took a stand -- saying it's time for ALL professional team dancers and cheerleaders to start getting paid better ... especially with SO much money in pro sports. 

Athena wouldn't say how much she's getting paid now -- but says some cold hard cash could help change a major stereotype that's been doggin' dancers for decades. 

You listening, Ballmer? 

Kanye West 1 Step Closer to Making Over Clippers Mascot

3/14/2016 9:40 AM PDT

031416-kanye-steve-ballmer-tmzRest easy, Clippers Nation ... Kanye West is one step closer to redesigning your HORRENDOUS mascot after lining up a sit down with Clips owner Steve Ballmer.

The Clippers introduced Chuck the Condor last month, and almost everyone loathed the thing -- including Kanye -- who begged Ballmer over the weekend to let him redesign it.

Well, Steve was paying attention and tweeted back he's open to discussing it. Now 'Ye just responded ... "%1000 Steve Ballmer. Let's meet this week if you have time. I was hanging with Chris Paul last night." Nice name drop, btw.

For the sake of sports fans and lovers of all things not horrible ... PLEASE let this happen. 

By the way, we got DeAndre Jordan last night and asked how he felt about a possible Kanye collaboration ... he definitely seems entertained by the idea. 

NFL's Todd Gurley Lakers or Clippers? I'm Still Deciding

3/3/2016 8:10 AM PST

L.A. Rams running back Todd Gurley has a decision to make ... a decision central to living and working in the city of Los Angeles ... one that will affect everyone he meets and everything he knows.

Lakers fan or Clippers fan?

BTW -- Todd let us know he's TOTALLY down for a bribe ... and whichever franchise ponies up the best graft for the new sports superstar of L.A. has the best shot at getting his fandom.

The American way.

DeAndre Jordan The New Clippers Mascot Suuuucks!

3/3/2016 6:08 AM PST

How does DeAndre Jordan REALLY feel about that new zany lookin' condor mascot?

One look says it all. 

0303-clippers-mascot-instagram-02Jordan was out at Warwick after the Clips big comeback victory over the Thunder Wednesday night -- when we asked about Chuck the Condor ... the new team mascot introduced earlier this week. 

Some people hate him. Other people strongly dislike him. 

Then again, the Clips are UNDEFEATED since Chuck joined the squad. 

Just sayin' ... 


2/22/2016 11:22 AM PST

Clippers coach Doc Rivers wants his freedom ... freedom from the restrictive (and expensive) suits he wears to coach the Clippers ... saying if he had his way he'd call the shots in a nice comfy uniform.

Rivers was out in L.A. when we asked if he'd ever thought about coaching the game in a more comfortable pair of kicks ... 48 minutes on your feet in dress shoes must really suck.

Check out the clip -- Doc says he'd not only get rid of the shoes ... but the entire NBA coaching getup all together opting instead for the uniform the players wear.

Just do it Doc, be the change you want to see.

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

2/9/2016 1:12 PM PST
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 ... 


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

2/3/2016 3:54 PM PST

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. 

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