L.A. Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin faces misdemeanor battery charges stemming from a recent incident at a Las Vegas nightclub.
According to several media reports, Las Vegas authorities started investigating the veteran forward last month following an altercation during which no arrests were made. Griffin is accused of assaulting Daniel Schuman by “squeezing his hand and shoulder and/or slapping him on the face.”
The Clippers were in town to face the Denver Nuggets in a preseason game at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.
Griffin’s first court date is scheduled for Dec. 8, the same day the Clippers play host to the Phoenix Suns. In Vegas, a misdemeanor battery conviction where no substantial bodily harm is committed can carry a sentence of up to six-months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine or community service.
The 6-10, 251 pound Griffin is averaging 24.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game on 47.1 percent shooting this season. Now in his fifth-year with the Clippers, his best full season came last year when he averaged 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
A four-time All-Star, the 25-year-old Griffin is a former NBA slam dunking champion and in 2010-11 took Rookie of the Year honors. That next year, Sports Illustrated tabbed him one of the NBA’s 15 Greatest Rookies of All Time.
That season, he played in all 82 games, averaging 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists.[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]