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?