Steve Ballmer Says ‘There Needs to Be Consequences’ for Blake Griffin

February 4th, 2016 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer are in agreement: Blake Griffin will face some form of punishment for his role in an altercation with the team's assistant equipment manager, Matias Testi, which resulted in the power forward suffering a broken right hand. 

"There needs to be consequences," Ballmer said Wednesday night, according to the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez. "It's the right thing to do."

Although Ballmer denounced Griffin's actions, he reiterated the five-time All-Star is a crucial component of a Clippers core that's vying for home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs. 

"Just remember, Blake is a key part of his team," Ballmer said, per Hernandez. "We will welcome him back."

Ballmer's comments came shortly after USA Today's Sam Amick reported Griffin "will likely face discipline" once the NBA's investigation concludes. Amick noted that Silver spoke about the incident on a soon-to-be released episode of the NBA A to Z podcast:

I'd say from the league's standpoint, of course it's the ...

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