Report: Surveillance footage shows confrontation, no slap in Blake Griffin incident
Blake Griffin has been formally charged with a count of misdemeanor battery in relation to an incident that occurred in a Las Vegas nightclub last month. But TMZ reports that law enforcement sources tell them that surveillance footage shows a confrontation between the Los Angeles Clippers superstar and the alleged victim, but nothing more.
Griffin is accused of grabbing the neck of Daniel Schuman, 39, and squeezing after the alleged victim snapped a photograph of the NBA player during an outing at Tao nightclub in Las Vegas in the early morning hours of Oct. 19.
Clippers teammates Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan were with Griffin at the club in the night of question but reportedly were not involved.
Griffin is also accused of taking Schuman’s phone and when he attempted to retrieve his phone from the Clippers forward, Griffin allegedly grabbed Schuman by the neck again and then slapped him in the face.
Surveillance footage of the incident was picked up by Tao security cameras, however, does not document any slap, only a confrontation between the two.
Nevertheless, the Clark County District Attorney’s office felt sufficient evidence was present to charge Griffin with misdemeanor battery, accusing the Clippers star in a filing Wednesday of “willfully and unlawfully used force or violence” on the alleged victim, per an ESPN report. The maximum penalty Griffin faces is six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
Clippers spokesman Seth Burton told ESPN that the team would have no immediate comment on the case but indicated it is aware of the filing of the complaint.
Court records obtained by ESPN indicate Griffin will face arraignment on the charge on Dec. 8.
In a brief telephone interview with The Los Angeles Times, Schuman said he has been advised not to speak about the case but did provide the following statement.
“I’d be happy to talk, I’m a talker,” Schuman told The Times. “But I don’t want to influence the outcome of the case because I know very strongly what I believe and I want justice to occur.”