Eddie Griffin – former Rockets forward died in Car Crash

Eddie Griffin – former Rockets forward died in Car Crash

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[Best Syndication] Eddie Griffin for unknown reasons drove his sport utility vehicle into the side of a moving train early last Friday morning.

The 25 year-old former Rockets forward died at the scene of the crash. The vehicle upon impact burst into flames making identification necessary with dental records. Houston police believe that Griffin ignored a warning signal and drove through the railroad arm.

The cause of death has not yet been determined by the Harris County Medical Examiner. They do not know if drugs or alcohol played a role in the deadly crash.

Griffin previously had an alcohol abuse problem that cut short his N.B.A. career. People that knew him said that he seemed depressed often and had a complicated personal life. Griffin was on different teams over the last six years including the Houston Rockets, the Nets, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Griffin started his career in the N.B.A. at the young age of 19. Some believe that he should have waited a while before going pro.

Griffin had legal and personal problems that interfered with his career which caused his contracts to terminate early. The Timberwolves let him go only after 19 months although he was originally signed to a three-year $8.1 million contract.

One of the legal problems that Griffin faced was an assault conviction in 2003. There also was a number of league suspensions because of substance abuse and another drunken driving accident that happened last year.

Griffin was said to be a generous and supportive teammate and a good person. He has a 3-year-old daughter, Amaree, who lives with her mother in Houston. People that knew him believe that he never got over the death of his brother in 2001.

Griffin was trying to restart his career. He was having his agent, Jeff Wernick, look for overseas opportunities with an Serbian team. Unfortunately, he did not get a chance to follow through on this. Griffin before his death people said that he seemed happy and upbeat and looking forward to re-establishing his career.

By Samual Hill
Best Syndication News Sports Writer

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