After trying to comprehend the “Why?” part of the
How long might he be suspended?
The league has sometimes taken months, not weeks, to decide in recent investigations involving altercations, and NBA Commissioner
It shouldn't take long for the league to interview the two participants in the altercation. It might be more difficult to talk to witnesses at the restaurant who are not NBA employees, seeing how they are not compelled to speak to the league.
The NBA will also try to find and analyze video footage of the fight, which started inside the restaurant and continued outside of it. Additionally, the NBA will consult with Toronto police officers to try to glean additional information.
The most recent punishment handed out by the NBA was a two-game suspension to Memphis forward
The league took almost two months to determine that Charlotte forward Jeff Taylor should be suspended 24 games after his altercation with a woman in 2014. Taylor and the woman, with whom he was romantically involved, had been drinking and began arguing loudly at a hotel in East Lansing, Mich. Taylor slapped the woman, punched a hole in the wall and was uncooperative when police arrived on the scene. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and malicious destruction of hotel property.
A slightly tricky component in Griffin's situation is how long he sits out medically because of a broken hand he sustained in the fight. Any suspension might not begin until then, and the NBA would need to confer with Clippers team doctors over the official timetable and the healing process.
The Clippers have said Griffin would be out four to six weeks because of his hand. Their regular season ends April 13.
The league recently had to monitor the medical progress of Charlotte center
The most serious suspension in NBA history was the 86 games Ron Artest was banned in 2004-05 for his role in the infamous brawl at
In December the Philadelphia 76ers suspended star rookie center Jahlil Okafor for two games after a video showed details of a fight in Boston he hadn't revealed to the team. A man filed a report with Boston police saying he was punched and knocked to the ground outside a nightclub, authorities said. No charges have been announced.
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