Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin is staring at as much as a $1,000 fine and/or six-months in jail if he’s convicted of slapping a guy inside a Las Vegas nightclub last month.
The Clark County, Nevada District Attorney filed a misdemeanor charge of battery against Griffin on Wednesday.
The allegation: Griffin “willfully and unlawfully used force or violence” on Daniel Schuman back on Oct. 19 at the Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas, according to ESPN.
Blake was with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and point guard Chris Paul that night. Jordan and Paul weren’t involved in the alleged incident, but the club tweeted this photo of the teammates that night.
TMZ reported at the time that camera flashes in the nightclub upset Griffin so much that he allegedly demanded Schuman’s cell phone.
Schuman said he didn’t let go of the phone because his identification and credit card were attached to it.
So Griffin allegedly grabbed Schuman’s neck and began to squeeze. Griffin reportedly got the phone away from Schuman, but then allegedly grabbed Schuman’s neck and squeezed a second time.
Griffin then allegedly told security guards who had just arrived to “Get him the f^#k out of this club,” TMZ reported.
Schuman said Griffin then “slapped me in the right side of my face.”
The Clippers team spokesman Seth Burton said that he’s aware of the complaint, but he had no immediate comment.
The 25-year-old Griffin is scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 8.