Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Suicide or Hands-Full Distraction?

Eddie Griffin, a former NBA player died the other day. Apparently he drove his car into a moving train. He had a tumultuous short-lived playing career; had been treated for alcoholism recently; and had problems way back at Seton Hall (which led to his early entrance in the NBA Draft.)

Here's my blurb on him from last July:

Now this is funny, if not a tad on the vulgar side.

Suit: NBA Player Watching Porn, Drunk Before Crash

(CBS) MINNEAPOLIS On March 30, Minnesota Timberwolves center Eddie Griffin was drunk and masturbating when he crashed his luxury SUV into a parked Suburban outside a store in Minneapolis, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the man whose Suburban was hit in the crash.

Several of the 911 callers that night said Griffin was drunk. One witness said Griffin told him he was watching pornography in a DVD player mounted on the dashboard of his Cadillac Escalade SUV when he struck a Chevy Suburban parked on University Avenue Southeast.

Obviously it's only funny because no one was seriously hurt.

What's also humorous is how the wire service manifests its anti-SUV bias. Note how a "luxury SUV" crashed into simply a "Chevy Suburban". Since when did a Suburban stop being stigmatized as an "SUV"?

The guy obviously had some personal issues. I guess I should feel bad for mocking him.

I am not quite sure, but I think he may have in fact been the top-rated high school player in the country his senior year. It's really amazing how many "can't miss" athletic prospects never do anything.

Could Michelle Wie be next?

1 comment:

Taylor Conant said...

I'm not sure I agree with the notion that a person can go from mockable to non-mockable just because you find out they might be having some personal troubles you weren't previously aware of. Either someone/something is mockworthy or it isn't... it shouldn't matter what's going on behind the scenes.

Anyway, one of the last nights my friends and I were in Costa Rica we got to talking about kids who burned out in high school and went nowhere. One kid I named specifically as someone who was a bit of a playboy in high school but probably didn't make much of himself afterward was a guy named Matt Encinias.

I get home from CR and my mother had left a copy of US Weekly on the kitchen table. On the cover is Matt Encinias in a jacuzzi with a topless, inebriated Britney Spears. Guess he made out with her and felt her boobs and all that jazz, got interviewed for the story and featured in the mag.

Not exactly some post-high school earth-shattering success, but still ironic. Hehehe.

Anyway, good for Matt.