Blake Griffin’s attorney says his investigation into battery charge concluding

Blake Griffin, Doc Rivers
Blake Griffin during the Clippers’ 127-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 1.
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Richard Schonfeld, the defense attorney representing Blake Griffin in the Clippers star’s battery case, said Thursday his firm was concluding an independent investigation that it would submit to the Clark County district attorney’s office.

Schonfeld would not elaborate on what that investigation had uncovered.

Griffin faces one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident in October at a Las Vegas nightclub. The case alleges that Griffin squeezed the hand and shoulder and/or slapped Daniel Schuman in the face during an altercation involving the use of a camera at Tao nightclub inside the Venetian resort.

Griffin will not be required to appear at his first court date Monday at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Schonfeld said he would ask the court to set a status conference that would likely be scheduled within 30 days.


Schonfeld has represented a variety of high-profile clients, including pop singer Bruno Mars, reality star Paris Hilton and several members of the Hells Angels.

According to Nevada law, misdemeanor battery carries a range of possible penalties, including six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine or community service in lieu of jail time.

Schonfeld declined to say how he thought the case would play out.

“I’m not going to comment on what I think the ultimate disposition will be,” Schonfeld.


Schonfeld said Griffin would have to appear in court only if the case went to trial. The attorney said a potential trial would last “one day, if that.”

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