NBA: Clippers star Griffin faces battery charge

Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin faces a charge of misdemeanour battery from an incident last month in a Las Vegas nightclub, court records showed on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin faces a charge of misdemeanour battery from an incident last month in a Las Vegas nightclub, court records showed on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin faces a charge of misdemeanour battery from an incident last month in a Las Vegas nightclub, court records showed on Wednesday.

The former National Basketball Association Slam Dunk Contest champion was charged following an alleged altercation with a man using a camera last Oct 19, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Griffin was reportedly annoyed at camera flashes in his face at the Venetian resort's Tao nightclub.

Griffin, 25, is due to be arraigned on Dec 8 in Las Vegas. He faces up to six months in jail and a US$1,000 (S$1,290) fine.

Last month, Clippers coach Doc Rivers expressed support for Griffin.

"He's a great kid. We'll figure it out and get through it," Rivers said. "I can't say much but I feel very confident things will work out."

Griffin is averaging 24.3 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Clippers, who are off to a 4-3 start this season. He scored a career-high 24.1 points last season.