BSO- Rivers compared the Clippers forward to Richard Nixon while attempting to explain the “forgiveness” per Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:
Rivers said Griffin had expressed remorse in conversations with the coach and his teammates. Griffin also has resumed speaking to Testi, Rivers said, though the coach did not know whether the longtime friends had reached an agreement that would avoid a legal entanglement.
“He feels awful about it and he’s let everyone know that,” Rivers said of Griffin. “That’s all you can do, man. You have to forgive people at some point. I believe that. We built Richard Nixon a library.”
I never thought I would ask this, but is it possible that Doc Rivers could learn a thing or two about using examples in the media from D'Angelo Russell? Jesus Christ Doc, you are supposed downplay Blake's transgressions, not accentuate them. We are going to bring up people that we now celebrate, but were widely slandered for their past mistakes and you picked Richard fucking Nixon? The goddamn WaterGate dude? The guy that was such a crook that he felt it necessary to stand up in front of the nation and declare that he wasn't a crook? I don't think having a library being built in your honor really counts as a triumphant return. Do people even go to libraries anymore? I thought that's what the internet was for? Going the presidential route and not bringing up Bill Clinton was a huge miss. The guy had one of the most publicized sex scandals in history and he's about to become the First Lady. Now that's what I call a revival! Is this really the best you got, Doc? What, was "Christopher Columbus has a day" taken? If you are going to illicit the help of historical references then the Civil War was a layup. Two members of the same "team" (America) going at each other's throats? Blake Griffin is basically what the South was, and I think we've done a pretty job of accepting them with all their flaws. Maybe not the best analogy to use while working in a predominantly black business, but far more accurate then Richard Nixon's defamation and subsequent book collection.
In reality this whole situation was just two friends that probably got drunk and definitely got stupid. Don't let the results of the altercation determine how you feel about it. Blake Griffin fucked up. I'm sure Matias Testi wasn't completely innocent either. Whatever the case may be, it doesn't need to be analyzed from the same perspective of one of the most famous instances of organized crime in this country. Mostly because Blake Griffin should be setting his goals a litttttle bit higher than having a building full of literature with his name on it.