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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  16 responses

Blake Griffin and Others Think Serge Ibaka Should’ve Been Suspended


The consensus among NBA players and the general public appears to be that Serge Ibaka got away with just a $25,000 fine for his punch to Blake Griffin’s groin area. The LA Clippers star forward joked about the League’s ruling on Twitter, and told the press that perhaps Ibaka was allowed to play last night since it was a big, nationally-televised game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Per the OC Register: “From what I heard, I guess he’s saying he was just trying to get his hand away from mine,’ Griffin said after Tuesday’s practice. ‘I actually didn’t have his hand. He had my arm, so I don’t know how it’s going to be interpreted. It is surprising, but it is a big game tonight (against the Lakers) … It’s kind of a mess. It’s kind of a tough situation,’ Griffin added. ‘Whatever the NBA wants to do and however they want to handle it, we’ll let them handle it that way.’ Although Griffin was unhappy with the league’s reaction, he said he wasn’t going to ‘cry and complain’ or retaliate. ‘I don’t really see how it can be let go, but I’m not going to do anything about it,’ he said. ‘It’s not really my job to start running around punching people and hitting people because it doesn’t really solve anything. It really just gets myself in trouble, and I don’t want that. When something like that happens, I feel it’s best to let someone else take care of it because me going and punching somebody isn’t really a part of the game.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    batum probably gave that youtube video a thumbs up

  • spit hot fiyah

    i think that last sentance refers to matt barnes

  • Lloyd

    Absolutely ridiculous. Pushing someone gets you fined $35,000 but a blatant fist to the nuts gets you less than that? There needs to be some consistency. I mean DWade got a lot more than that and at least he tried to hide his cheap shot.

  • bike

    If MWP hits someone in the nuts, he’s out 5 games.

  • Caboose

    TNT disagrees with “Blake and others”

  • OneStep

    Everyone keeps referring to it as a punch in the nuts but it was more of an openhanded slap. If someone of Ibaka’s size punches anyone in the jewels they’re going to stay down a hell of a lot longer than Griffin did. It’s not a great advert for the game admittedly but this seems to be getting blown out of all proportion (no pun intended). I think the fine and no ban was right. I do believe that some of the other bans/fines it’s being compared to were over the top and that has led to some of the reaction to this incident.
    This is nothing compared to what my teammates and I have experienced on court against a couple of Welsh teams in the past. They love to grab and twist them whenever they get the chance with the ref distracted. Some players seemed to spend more time handling our balls than the bball.

  • OneStep

    You’d have to take previous convictions into account though in his case.

  • RayJr

    I agree with Blake. I don’t think Ibaka was suspended because LA was coming to town for a big game. The league really needs a set of guidelines for fines/suspensions because whoever is in charge of fines(Stern?) mos def takes into consideration who the team plays next and how much the culprit makes to determine punishment.

  • Hingle McCringleberry

    So…where can someone sign up to play against some Welsh players?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    MWP has a long history of dumb ish tho

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    no flopping

  • Lloyd

    Chuck and the guys or the network in terms of ratings?

  • CP3 4 MVP

    As a clippers fan, he should have just been ejected and fined, left it at that……………………………………………………………We’ll get our revenge come playoff time

  • Caboose

    Network

  • Emerson

    Why do NBA players always use so repeat the same statement in different words

  • Emerson

    Why do NBA players always repeat the same statement in different words.

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