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Blake Griffin backflips into sea before withdrawing from Team USA with reported back injury (video)

Jul 29, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

That video (hat tip: Tom Ziller of SB Nation), according to the title, is Blake Griffin visiting a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea. As you can see, he’s backflipping into the water, which seems like a fun way to spend a vacation.

However, consider this timeline:

Maybe the backflip occurred a year before and was only recently posted to YouTube. Maybe this is one of those back fractures that doesn’t preclude backflips but does interfere with basketball. Maybe Griffin actually injured his back after the playoffs and during or after the backflip. Maybe Griffin didn’t injure his back at all. Maybe…

I won’t pretend to know what happened here, but something doesn’t add up.

  1. junkmtb - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    With no confirmation of “when” this video capture took place, this article has suddenly lost substance………

    • savvybynature - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      And, even if the video was posted around the time he did the back flip into the water, it means nothing. It’s very possible that Griffin injured his back in the playoffs, but that doctors didn’t discover the injury until after the season (Manu’s broken ankle and Patty Mills’ torn rotator cuff are just two examples from this past season when that happened).
      This video could have been after he was injured but before the injury was discovered, in which case there would be no reason to be mad at Blake. Just shoddy reporting and speculation here.

  2. 5pecialk - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Another Griffin flop?

  3. urallstupid - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    i hope they never invite this f@g ever again.

    • urallstupid - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      didnt know there was so many clippers fans on here.

      • blogsk3tball - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        They must of just got back from celebrating the Division Title

  4. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Wow….he did whay my 7 year old does off the diving board

  5. denverhoopdreams - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    He did post on Instagram like 2 weeks ago wearing the same swim trunks, and saying he was in Croatia…

  6. aldavis4president - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Hahaha..not a bad back flop err I mean flip.. GO WARRIORS!!

  7. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Articles like this are why players love the media

    • trickybastard - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Articles like this are why fans hate players

  8. milimpilim - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    What a goofball

  9. smoothaswilkes - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Who cares? Does it really matter if he plays on the National Team or not? The player pool is large enough to cover for his absence, although it’s not like he was the best player on the team to begin with. If he is lying, then that’s poor form on his part but, otherwise, nothing to see here.

  10. devarajaswami - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    The real reason for his quitting is that he found out that flopping is not allowed in the World Cup.

  11. bux1022 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    This video is a month old! Next story!

  12. bux1022 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Saw this in bleacher report actually more than a month ago! Wow!

  13. campcouch - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Didn’t know players were obligated to play for anyone outside of their contracted team. Hurt or not, he doesn’t have to play. I don’t think every player holds Colangelo or Coach K in such high regards as to feel bad for “disappointing” either of them. I guess what little vacation time a regular person has should be spent volunteering to do their job for someone else right?

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