Blake Griffin wrote an apology to Los Angeles Clippers fans on The Players’ Tribune for punching a member of the team staff outside a restaurant back in January. The incident occurred while Griffin was recovering from a quad injury. However, he broke his hand on the punch and was forced to miss additional time as a result.
The veteran forward begins his post by accepting complete responsibility for the incident and apologizing to fans of the Clippers.
“I am truly sorry,” Griffin said. “What happened in Toronto was 100% my fault. I messed up. …I don’t want to dwell on it, but I think I owe it to Clippers fans to say it once again before the season begins: I’m sorry.”
He also was appreciative of those who were disappointed with him for his actions in January.
“If I took one positive from last season, it’s that there were a lot of people who were obviously disappointed in me, and who told me so, but who were still in my corner,” he added. “I’ll never forget what those people did for me during a time when I literally had to turn off my phone to get away from it all.”
Toward the end of the piece, Griffin mentions that his brother, Taylor, forced him to reflect on the incident and realize how his actions reflected on his character. He identified that as a turning point in his understanding of his level of responsibility.
Due to various injuries, Griffin only played in 35 games for the Clippers last season, averaging 21.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists. He was not named to the All-Star Game for the first time in his NBA career.