View Full Version : More trouble with Rockets PF Eddie Griffin...........
10-25-2003, 11:13 AM
According to local news in Houston, Police responded to a "shots fired" disturbance report at Eddie Griffin's house in Sugar Land, a wealthy Beverly Hills-like suburb on the south side of the city.
Reports have it that the cause of the reason for Eddie's AWOL on the Rockets was due to his relationship with his girlfriend Jessica Jimenez, and new-born daughter. Apparently things went south between Griffin and the mother, who is said to be a street savvy money grubber who lived on the city's rough East End. Eddie pays for her apartment and bought her a new vehicle, believed to be an Escalade. Apparently her brother is involved with gangs and drug activity in the area, begin that it is a stone's throw away from the port, which has become notorious for drug trafficing recently. In fact, when Eddie was arrested for possession and DUI earlier this year, he was said to be in there company and got his stash form them. Police were never able to establish a link to nail the brother though on drug charges for reasons unknown.
Apparently Eddie went AWOL last week cause he was extremely upset that he couldnt see his 6-month old daughter after things went south with the mother. When he went to visit the mother and daughter at there residence, she and her brother's gang kept him out and at bay. Apparently, a "9 milli" was involved but no one was hurt.
Looks like this latest incident at 5 am this morning is tied to these events. No word on any injuries resulting from the shots fired.
10-25-2003, 01:43 PM
Oct. 25, 2003, 1:26PM
Police investigate alleged shooting at Eddie Griffin's home
By PEGGY O'HARE
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
Police are investigating allegations that Griffin assaulted his girlfriend and shot at her early this morning
Houston police are investigating allegations that Rockets' forward Eddie Griffin assaulted his girlfriend and shot at her at his southwest Houston home early this morning.
The woman was not hit by the gunfire, but told police Griffin shot at her, a Houston police department spokesperson said.
The incident, which was reported to police shortly after 5 a.m., allegedly occurred at Griffin's home in the 3900 block of Shadow Trace Circle, located in the gated, upscale Shadowlake community.
Police have not yet spoken with Griffin, and his whereabouts later today were unknown, said HPD spokesman Alvin Wright. Wright said no warrant had been issued for Griffin's arrest.
"It's his word against hers and we can't find him," Wright said. "Nobody saw him do anything. There are no witnesses."
No one at Griffin's home called police, but the gunfire was reported in a phone call made from the other side of town, he said.
Wright said police received a call from a woman at an unknown location just after 5 a.m. today. The woman claimed Griffin had assaulted her. About 25 minutes later, police went to Griffin's home after he called and reported "somebody had broken into his house."
Police found Griffin's cousin and another woman at the home in an upscale Houston neighborhood. The cousin told police he hadn't seen or heard anything, Wright said.
The woman at the home, however, told police Griffin had been downstairs talking with a female and had "beat the woman up and shot at her," Wright said.
In the initial call to police, the woman who alleged Griffin had assaulted her said the basketball player had punched her, Wright said. He said the woman was treated at a hospital, but he did not have her name.
Wright said the case would be referred to the district attorney's family violence unit on Monday and that the district attorney's office had not accepted any charges Saturday.
Rockets spokesman Dan McKenna said the team was aware of the situation but did not have an immediate comment.
Officers at the scene early today refused to comment.
Griffin's next-door neighbor, Seetha Raman, reported he did not hear any gunfire, but was awakened in the middle of the night by police officers in his driveway.
Griffin, a two-year veteran out of Seton Hall, was projected as a candidate for the Rockets' starting lineup this year, but has been a problem in pre-season camp. He has been indefinitely suspended "for conduct detrimental to the team."
The suspension began after he skipped a trip to Sacramento. Griffin, 21, the youngest player on the team, then missed a practice and a special workout Friday as part of the process for working his way back from the suspension.
Today's reported incident was news to Griffin's lawyer.
"I know absolutely nothing, " Rusty Hardin said this morning. "I'm trying to find out where everybody is and what is happening. There's really nothing I can tell you."
The incident could further complicate the Rockets' decision about Griffin's future since they have to decide by Friday whether to exercise the option on the fourth season of his contract. A decision not to extend the contract beyond its third season would diminish Griffin's trade value.
Griffin started 66 games for the Rockets last year, averaging 8.6 points and 6 rebounds a game. In 2001-2002, after becoming the first rookie to lead Houston in blocks since Hakeem Olajuwon did so during the 1984-85 season, he earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors.
Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said earlier this month that he hoped the time away from the team would allow Griffin to "get himself together."
Griffin has an unresolved marijuana possession charge against him stemming from an arrest in April. He was the seventh overall pick of the New Jersey Nets in 2001 and was traded to the Rockets for three first-round draft choices.
10-26-2003, 04:45 PM
NBA players just don't realize they are role models to millions of kids around the world. They are being watched by everyone, and they need to act like heros and not zeros.
10-26-2003, 05:02 PM
The idiot currently known as Eddie Griffin apparently doesn't understand how much money he stands to lose, not to mention the possibility of his life.
Didn't the Rockets trade three first round picks just to get this guy?
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