Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin broke his hand during a fight with a team equipment staffer, according to ESPN. Griffin is expected to miss several weeks due to the injury.
The Clippers are currently fourth in the Western Conference. Griffin has already been inactive since late December with a quad injury.
ESPN reports the altercation began in a restaurant in Toronto. "Griffin hit the man, who then left the restaurant and went outside. Griffin followed him outside and hit him again. [...] The equipment staffer's face was injured and he was treated at a local hospital, sources told Eaves. Both Griffin and the equipment staffer were sent home after the incident."
The Clippers released a statement on Griffin Tuesday night, announcing he had surgery and is expected to be out "four to six weeks."
L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand throwing a punch on Jan. 23 in Toronto.
This conduct has no place in our organization and this incident does not represent who we are as a team. 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 Jan. 25th 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.
The Clippers play the Pacers in Indiana Tuesday night.