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August 26, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a nondescript four-lane street, nothing fancy, with a post office and a self-service "Car Spa" on one side of the railroad tracks. The Lawndale Avenue Baptist Church sits just over on the other side. There are no visible skid marks, old or new, by the tracks, no signs that Eddie Griffin - former Roman Catholic High School basketball star and NBA player - and his Nissan SUV slowed down on Aug. 17 before slamming into a southbound Union Pacific freight train. That collision ignited a blaze and instantly killed the 25-year-old Griffin in a crash so horrific that it took four days for authorities to identify his 6-foot-10 body from dental records.
SPORTS
January 25, 1999 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Hatboro-Horsham's Notre Dame-bound senior, Matt Carroll, and Eddie Griffin, Roman Catholic's outstanding junior, took their personal hoop shows on the road yesterday. Playing in the Lehigh Valley Shootout at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena, Carroll scored 24 points, eight in overtime, to lead the Hatters to a 70-67 win over Newport (Md.) Prep. But Griffin's 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocked shots weren't enough to stop undefeated Hempfield from posting its 17th consecutive win, 57-54.
SPORTS
March 8, 2001 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seton Hall, which needed a late basket in its final regular-season game simply to reach the Big East Conference tournament, wants you to believe it left all its problems at the other end of the Lincoln Tunnel before beginning the postseason. Maybe putting an end to a dismal and disappointing regular season was just what the Pirates needed. Yesterday, behind 22 points by Ty Shine and monster defensive games by Eddie Griffin and Samuel Dalembert, they scrambled to a 78-66 victory over St. John's in a first-round tournament game at Madison Square Garden.
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January 3, 2000 | By Monica Rhor, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This was the first clue that the face-off between Camden High and Roman Catholic was no ordinary high school basketball game: Four generations of Camden's star player's extended family, passing one after another, after another, through the turnstiles at the Apollo of Temple last night. Enough cousins, sisters, uncles, parents and grandparents to fill two sections in the bleachers. All were there for one reason: Dajuan Wagner, the Camden player considered the country's top junior and already being eyed by NBA scouts.
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April 4, 2001 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nobody knows Eddie Griffin better than himself. Last year, when Griffin finished his career at Roman Catholic as the best high school basketball player in the country, people said he should have skipped college to play in the NBA. Griffin declined. He said he wasn't ready. He said he wanted to play at Seton Hall and prove himself against the nation's top college players. He thinks he did that, which is why yesterday he announced that he would leave school after his freshman season to enter the NBA draft.
SPORTS
November 17, 2003 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is the day that the family, friends and fans of Eddie Griffin dreamed about. They thought that they would be celebrating his return to his hometown for a game against the 76ers, the team he followed in his childhood. However, when the Houston Rockets hit the court tonight at the Wachovia Center, Eddie Griffin won't be with them. He won't be with them for the foreseeable future. And there is a chance that he might never be with them again. Griffin, 21, a graduate of Roman Catholic High School, is at an undisclosed facility in the Houston area, receiving treatment to deal with what a representative called "emotional problems.
SPORTS
November 30, 2000 | by Dana Pennett O'Neil, Daily News Sports Writer
He sat in his campus suite, his best buddies alongside him, doing what basketball guys do after a game, watching "SportsCenter" on ESPN. And suddenly there he was. There on the same highlight show graced by guys he grew up watching and idolizing - Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby - there he was. Eddie Griffin, the kid who spent his high school years dreaming ESPN would mention his name one day, was dunking and rebounding and blocking shots....
SPORTS
June 25, 2001 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dressed in a red T-shirt and baggy, low-rider jeans, Eddie Griffin plopped himself onto a cushy lounge chair, stretched out his long legs, and bore the stoic look of someone who wished his world would slow down just a bit. "It's been a little crazy," Griffin said with a shrug. This was Saturday, his final full day in the modest, neatly appointed West Oak Lane rowhouse in which he was raised, where his basketball accomplishments were evidenced by trophies that occupied a substantial portion of the living room, before his life would change dramatically.
SPORTS
March 7, 1999 | By Eric Fisher, FOR THE INQUIRER
Before leaving the floor for the last time, West Catholic senior guard Ronald Banks ran over to Roman Catholic junior center Eddie Griffin, got down on his hands and knees, and bowed his head. In reality, Banks' intention was to kiss center court at the Apollo of Temple, but the symbolism was perfect. Griffin and Roman Catholic are the kings of the Catholic League after rolling to a 68-45 triumph over the Burrs last night in the championship game. Griffin finished with 22 points, eight blocked shots and 12 rebounds to lead the Cahillites to the championship.
SPORTS
November 29, 2006 | By Pat Borzi FOR THE INQUIRER
On a night of so many mistakes for Eddie Griffin, this was apparently one of the biggest. In the long run, it proved as damaging to Griffin's already questionable reputation as anything he has done in a basketball career dotted with off-the-court incidents and arrests. It happened in the early morning of March 30, minutes after Griffin, the Roman Catholic High product and a reserve forward for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, crashed his 2002 Cadillac Escalade into a parked car outside Santana Foods, a grocery store near the University of Minnesota campus.
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September 8, 2007
ENOUGH already! Michael Vick this, Barry Bonds that. There are other more important topics to write about if you are going to attack a certain type of athlete. Why not go after hockey players who gamble and get slapped on the wrist? Or wrestlers who use steroids, or go after the executioners who cut your Thanksgiving dinner's head off? Isn't that torture? Or baseball players who hit their wives? What about the killers who hung innocent black people like they were animals? Laurence Barberra Philadelphia Vick's motives I take issue with Gary Francione's op-ed on the Michael Vick debacle.
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August 26, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a nondescript four-lane street, nothing fancy, with a post office and a self-service "Car Spa" on one side of the railroad tracks. The Lawndale Avenue Baptist Church sits just over on the other side. There are no visible skid marks, old or new, by the tracks, no signs that Eddie Griffin - former Roman Catholic High School basketball star and NBA player - and his Nissan SUV slowed down on Aug. 17 before slamming into a southbound Union Pacific freight train. That collision ignited a blaze and instantly killed the 25-year-old Griffin in a crash so horrific that it took four days for authorities to identify his 6-foot-10 body from dental records.
NEWS
August 26, 2007 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
HOUSTON - It's a nondescript four-lane street, nothing fancy, with a post office and a self-service "Car Spa" on one side of the railroad tracks. The Lawndale Avenue Baptist Church sits just over on the other side. There are no visible skid marks, old or new, by the tracks, no signs that Eddie Griffin - former Roman Catholic High School basketball star and NBA player - and his Nissan SUV slowed down on Aug. 17 before slamming into a southbound Union Pacific freight train. That collision ignited a blaze and instantly killed the 25-year-old Griffin in a crash so horrific that it took four days for authorities to identify his 6-foot-10 body from dental records.
SPORTS
August 25, 2007
Services have been set for former basketball star Eddie Griffin, who died last week in Houston of injuries suffered when his sport utility vehicle crashed into a freight train. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First African Baptist Church, 109 Clifton Ave., Sharon Hill, Delaware County. Griffin, a 6-10 forward, was widely considered the nation's No. 1 scholastic player for Roman Catholic High in 2000, as well as one of the top five in city history. He played one season at Seton Hall, then for three teams in the NBA. His pro career was marred by numerous personal problems.
SPORTS
August 23, 2007 | By Pat Borzi FOR THE INQUIRER
Not quite 30 seconds into a conference call discussing the death of Eddie Griffin, Kevin McHale's voice began to crack from emotion. For the next 15 minutes, McHale, the Minnesota Timberwolves' vice president of basketball operations, spoke of Griffin with the despair one feels over the loss of someone who could not be reached, or saved. "I had no idea how much I was pulling for him until it hit me yesterday," McHale said of Griffin, 25, who was killed in a fiery collision with a train Friday in Houston.
NEWS
August 22, 2007 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eddie Griffin left Philadelphia for what everyone thought would be fame and fortune, not to mention a long and prosperous NBA career. But it was not to be. In the seven years after his graduation from Roman Catholic High School in 2000, Griffin encountered nothing but trouble. His life was one of substance abuse, depression, run-ins with the law, and a quiet stint in the NBA. He barely made an impact for any of the three teams that had signed him. It all came to a sudden and tragic end in the early hours of Friday when Griffin ignored a railroad barrier, drove his Nissan SUV past warning lights, and struck a moving freight train in southeast Houston.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2007 | HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
WHILE TAKING practice laps Monday for a charity race to promote his upcoming film "Redline," Eddie Griffin (the comic, not the ex-Roman Catholic hoops star) took a curve at the Irwindale Speedway too quickly and crashed into a concrete barrier. Griffin was unhurt. The car was totaled. And we're not talking some off-the-lot clunker. Griffin's smack-up ruined a Ferrari Enzo worth $1.5 million. (You know, Eddie, when Tattle needs new wheels, we always check out phillycars.
SPORTS
January 21, 2007 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NOTABLE The luck for Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics has been nothing but bad this season. Pierce was supposed to be out three weeks after suffering a stress reaction in his left foot in December. But his idle stretch is entering its fourth week, and he is still wearing a protective boot and not practicing. Not coincidentally, the Celtics are 2-11 in the games Pierce has missed entering the weekend. "We're going to be extra careful," Pierce told a Boston radio station.
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November 29, 2006 | By Pat Borzi FOR THE INQUIRER
On a night of so many mistakes for Eddie Griffin, this was apparently one of the biggest. In the long run, it proved as damaging to Griffin's already questionable reputation as anything he has done in a basketball career dotted with off-the-court incidents and arrests. It happened in the early morning of March 30, minutes after Griffin, the Roman Catholic High product and a reserve forward for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, crashed his 2002 Cadillac Escalade into a parked car outside Santana Foods, a grocery store near the University of Minnesota campus.
SPORTS
July 1, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Roman Catholic High standout Eddie Griffin, now with the Minnesota Timberwolves, issued his first public statement yesterday in response to allegations that he was drunk and watching pornography while masturbating when he crashed his sport-utility vehicle into a parked vehicle in March. He said he deeply regrets the incident in Minneapolis and apologized to his family, teammates and the community for any embarrassment his actions might have caused. Police are investigating whether two officers should have issued Griffin a ticket for suspected drunken driving and whether they violated policy by driving him home to St. Paul after the accident.
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