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Blake Griffin Charged with Battery After B*tch Slapping Incident at Vegas Nightclub
Bad news: Clippers star Blake Griffin charged with battery for incident at Vegas club.
Good news: person allegedly battered was neither wife nor girlfriend, nor even a lady. It was a dude.
The incident in question happened on October 19 at the Tao Nightclub at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The reports filed at the time indicate that Griffin was mad about camera flashes in his face, so—in the words of the Clark County DA’s office—he “wilfully and unlawfully used force or violence” on a man named Daniel Shuman, perpetrator of said flashes.
What type of unlawful force or violence are we talking about here? Well, according to ESPN it was “squeezing Schuman’s hand and shoulder and/or slapping him on the face.” But according to Schuman, as reported by TMZ, Griffin grabbed the guy’s neck and squeezed it, demanding he hand over the phone.
If convicted, Griffin could face anywhere from a $1000 fine to six months in jail. However, there’s no way he’ll serve any time, because this is his first offense and, frankly, because he’s rich and famous.
And in case you were wondering, yes, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan were with Griffin at the club that night. Hence the photo above. But they were not involved in the incident.
At this time, the Clippers have no plans to discipline Griffin.