NBA: Clippers' All-Star Blake Griffin breaks hand in punch-up with team's staff member

Head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers Doc Rivers talks to the media about Blake Griffin's injury status.
Head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers Doc Rivers talks to the media about Blake Griffin's injury status.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin faces another lay-off after suffering a fractured hand during a fight, the National Basketball Association team confirmed on Tuesday.

He is reported to have suffered the injury after throwing a punch at a member of the Clippers equipment staff in Toronto last weekend.

A team statement released later on Tuesday confirmed Griffin's injury and said an investigation into the circumstances of the incident was under way.

"LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand throwing a punch on Jan 23 in Toronto," the Clippers said.

"This conduct has no place in our organisation and this incident does not represent who we are as a team.

"We are conducting a full investigation with assistance from the NBA. At the conclusion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken."

Griffin has not played since suffering a torn quadriceps tendon in late December.

The injury means he now faces a further absence of several weeks, possibly ruling him out of next month's All-Star game.

It is not the first time he has found himself in hot water over a physical altercation.

In 2014, he was accused of slapping a man at a Las Vegas nightclub who had taken a picture of him with a cellphone.

He was accused of misdemeanour battery but the charges were eventually dropped by Nevada prosecutors.