Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin has been suspended for four games without pay for punching the team’s assistant equipment manager, Matias Testi, last month.
The Clippers have also docked Griffin’s salary for an extra game because he broke his right hand when he punched Testi.
Griffin will lose $859,442 over the five games and the money will be donated to charities that help disadvantaged youths in Los Angeles.
It is understood that the Clippers imposed a harsh punishment on the 26-year-old as Testi sustained multiple facial injuries when he was struck. Griffin meanwhile underwent two surgeries on his right hand and is now expected to be out of action for four to six weeks.
In a joint statement, team owner Steve Ballmer and head coach Doc Rivers said there was no place for Griffin’s behaviour, but added that they were looking forward to welcoming the superstar back and moving on from the incident.
“We have made it clear that this conduct has no place in the Clippers organization,” the statement said. “Blake is remorseful and has apologized for his actions. He is a valued member of our Clippers family and we support him as he rejoins the team.”
Griffin has not played for the Clippers since December 26 as he partially tore his left quadriceps tendon during his side’s 94-84 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on December 25.
Even though the Clippers have notched up an 18-4 win-loss record in Griffin’s absence, his return will be welcomed as he is averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game this season.