However, this is also an example of why the Los Angeles Clipper is smart.
During the Clippers game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Serge Ibaka linked arms with Blake Griffin and tried to throw him down. During the slow-mo you can see that Ibaka flung Griffin afterwards, not the other way around.
THAT is why Griffin is perceived as soft, because Ibaka bodied him.
Matt Barnes took it upon himself to stand up for his teammate and shoved Ibaka, which started a little scuffle, which Griffin found himself in the middle of; though he was just trying to temper the situation. As a result, Barnes was ejected from the game along with Ibaka.
Barnes then tweeted-and-deleted:
“I love my teammates like family, but I’m DONE standing up for these n****s! All this s*** does is cost me money..”
Barnes will likely be fined for both that tweet and the shove, whereas Griffin gets to keep his money, thus showing his smarts over softness. Griffin does get fouled really hard without getting half of the calls he should. That’s why his teammates stand up for him. There’s also the issue that Griffin hates it when people call him soft. A not-soft person doesn’t let a man fling him around the court after fouling him, plain and simple.
That’s not to say that Griffin should have used force with Ibaka, but stop complaining when people call you soft. It’s like Kim Kardashian insisting she’s classy, then getting upset when people say she isn’t after she posts a bikini selfie.