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LOS ANGELES – Veteran center Jermaine O'Neal late Wednesday night became the latest Warrior to take issue with abrasive Clippers star Blake Griffin.
There was a heated exchange between the two in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 111-98 loss to the Clippers at Staples Center. Before things turned physical, O'Neal's teammates and coaching staff pulled him away from the beef that took place near the Los Angeles bench.
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O'Neal, however, did not consider the matter over. He left the visiting team locker room after the game in an effort to reengage Griffin outside the Clippers locker room, according to several reports.
Griffin was talking with friends and posing for pictures when a clearly displeased O'Neal reportedly confronted Griffin in a hallway. Griffin allegedly questioned O'Neal's sudden presence before telling him to “leave that (expletive) on the court.”
The beef never got physical and even ended with a brief handshake. But O'Neal reportedly issued a warning to Griffin about repercussions of a potential off-the-court altercation.
“Man, I'm a monster off the court,” O'Neal said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
O'Neal then "snarled" at Griffin before walking away, according to the Times.
O'Neal is the third Warriors player to quarrel with Griffin this season. Center Andrew Bogut and forward Draymond Green both had disputes with Griffin in earlier games this season.
Griffin in December accused the Warriors of playing “cowardly basketball.”
Said Green after the contentiousness in Wednesday's game: “It used to be a man's game. I still play it that way.”
Stay tuned, as this budding rivalry continues to heat up.