Blake Griffin plays basketball for the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team. That’s his career. He seems to want a second career as a pugilist. This past Tuesday he was suspended four games for punching a “team staff member”!! Aren’t his battles between opposing players between the stripes on a basketball court?
Since he’s presently on the disabled list, the suspension begins once he returns to play. By the way, the injury he received the last of January—resulting in a 4-6 week recovery—came from an altercation in Toronto.
Here’s the kicker: the team fined him $859,442, which it will donate to charities in L.A. But not to worry. He won’t have to take a loan to buy groceries or keep his plush digs. His 2016 salary comes to $18,907,725. If Judy’s calculations are right, the fine is a mere 4 ½% of his gold mine. San Diego U-T, 2/10/16
The outrageous salaries paid to pro athletes leaves them free to indulge their violence and any other anti-social act, including punching girl friends in the face or dragging them to their cars, or driving inebriated. Since all they pay is a fine—which doesn’t weigh an ounce compared to the tons of dollars owned—they’re not compelled to practice self-control, let alone self-denial.
If they should instead be suspended for WEEKS, not GAMES; MONTHS, not WEEKS; or a SEASON, not MONTHS, that would get their attention. It would also seriously puncture their bloated salary. Of course, don’t count on that. More W’s and few L’s constitute the bottom line of all pro sports. Even human decency and responsibility aren’t as important as the Corporation’s bottom line.