Clippers' Griffin faces battery charge

Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Online court records show Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is facing a charge of misdemeanor battery in Las Vegas.

The charge stems from an alleged altercation with a man using a camera inside a Las Vegas nightclub last month, TMZ and the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday evening.

Las Vegas Justice Court records show Griffin was charged Nov. 6 and is due to be arraigned the morning of Dec. 8.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the alleged victim accuses Griffin of squeezing his hand and shoulder and/or slapping him in the face in the Tao nightclub at the Venetian resort.

Under Nevada law, Griffin could face up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000 over the charge.

A Clippers spokesman told SportsNetwork.com the team is aware of the situation but cannot comment on an open case.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said last month he trusts Griffin "100 percent."

"He's a great kid. We'll figure it out and get through it," Rivers said.

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

Griffin, 25, is averaging 24.3 points and 6.9 rebounds over seven games this season. The former slam-dunk champion averaged a career-high 24.1 points last season.