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# Punching In
Top NBA star Blake Griffin broke his hand while punching a team staff member
Clippers star set to miss 4-6 weeks following row.

NEW DETAILS ABOUT Blake Griffin’s strange new hand injury have emerged — and it looks bad for the LA Clippers star.

According to an ESPN report, Griffin broke his hand after hitting a member of the team’s equipment staff during an argument.

ESPN’s Michael Eaves reported that the incident occurred at a Toronto restaurant during a road trip, and that Griffin had hit the staffer multiple times.

Griffin reportedly hit the staff member inside the restaurant before the staff member went outside, where Griffin followed him and hit him again. The staffer was reportedly treated at a local hospital.

Griffin, 26, apologised with a statement posted to Twitter last night.

A situation among friends escalated and I regret the way I handled myself towards someone I care about.

“I want to apologise to the Clippers organisation, my teammates and the fans for creating a distraction.

“I’m working with the team on a resolution and getting back in the game as soon as possible.”

Griffin has been out since December 26 with a quad injury and will now miss four to six weeks with a broken right hand,  a statement from the team confirmed.

“LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand throwing a punch on 23 Jan in Toronto.

This conduct has no place in our organisation and this incident does not represent who we are as a team.

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“We are conducting a full investigation with assistance from the NBA. At the conclusion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken.

“Griffin received X-rays on 25 Jan in Los Angeles that revealed the injury and he underwent a procedure on his hand Tuesday morning. The procedure was performed by Dr Steve Shin. Recovery time from the injury is approximately four to six weeks.”

Though the Clippers have been playing well without Griffin, it’s obviously a big step-back to be without your leading scorer for over two months.

– Scott Davis, Business Insider; additional reporting by Niall Kelly

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