NBA officials interviewed Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday as part of an investigation into the fightBlake Griffin had with a team equipment manager that left Griffin with a broken hand, the Los Angeles Timesreports.
The NBA also interviewed Joe Resendez, the team's assistant athletic trainer and travel manager. Both Resendez and Jordan were at dinner with Griffin and equipment manager Matias Testi the night of the fight, and NBA officials were seeking their accounts of the evening.
Griffin could be fined or suspended as a result of his actions, an NBA official told the Los Angeles Times. Griffin and Testi will both be interviewed in the coming days as part of the ongoing investigation.
Griffin underwent surgery on his fractured right hand on Tuesday and is expected to be out for four to six weeks.
He issued a statement on Tuesday apologizing for the altercation, which the Lis Angeles Times reports stemmed from “trash-talking” that was considered typical between Griffin and Testi.
“A situation among friends escalated and I regret the way I handled myself towards someone I care about,” Griffin wrote on Twitter. “I want to apologize to the Clippers organization, my teammates and the fans for creating a distraction.”
- Erin Flynn