Blake Griffin being investigated for alleged assault at Vegas nightclub


Clippers star forward Blake Griffin is being investigated by Las Vegas police for allegedly assaulting a man at a nightclub early Sunday.

A 39-year-old man listed only as Daniel filed a complaint which listed Griffin as a suspect. According to TMZ, which first broke the news, Griffin slapped the man in the face during an altercation in which the man attempted to take a photo of Griffin and his teammates inside Tao, a popular club inside the Venetian Hotel. 

Daniel says he didn't let go of the phone because his ID and credit card were attached to it -- so Blake grabbed his neck and began to squeeze while demanding Daniel give up his phone "or else."

According to the statement, the two eventually separated after Blake took the phone -- and when Daniel tried to ask for it back, Blake struck again ... grabbing his neck and squeezing for a second time.

Daniel says when security finally got to the scene -- Blake told them, "Get him the f— out of this club."

Daniel says Blake then "slapped me in the right side of my face."

The Clippers were in Las Vegas on Saturday night to play the Nuggets at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Clippers coach Doc Rivers briefly discussed

the matter Wednesday before the team's home exhibition game against the Suns. He does not believe it will be a distraction as the team prepares for the start of the season. 

From the Los Angeles Times:

;"I trust Blake 100%," Rivers said. "He's a great kid and we'll figure it out and get through it."

Rivers, however, declined to comment further. 

"I can't say much, but I feel very confident that things will work out, I'll put it that way," Rivers said. 

The Clippers open the season Oct. 30 at home against the Thunder.