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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: NBA suspends Griffin three games for guilty plea to assault

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posted on Oct, 20 2004 @ 09:22 PM
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Eddie Griffin received a three-game suspension from the NBA on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in Texas.

Griffin will be suspended without pay for the first three games of the regular season, if he makes the team. The seventh overall pick by New Jersey in the 2001 draft, Griffin is one of several players in camp competing for what is probably just one open roster spot. Griffin is allowed to practice and compete in the remaining preseason games, Timberwolves spokesman Mike Cristaldi said.

"As an organization, we understand today's decision by the NBA," vice president Kevin McHale said in a news release issued by the team. "It addresses an event from Eddie's past and we know that Eddie regrets the incident and is deeply sorry that it occurred. We are focused on his future and are working to advance his development as both a player and a person."

Griffin was charged for fighting with a woman who alleged he beat her and fired a gun in her direction at his Houston-area home on Oct. 25, 2003.

Griffin has been in trouble several times throughout his career at Seton Hall and in the NBA. He was released by the Nets in February after leaving the team to check into the Betty Ford Center for alcohol-abuse treatment.

Griffin's agent Arn Tellum did not immediately return a phone message.

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