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.
August 26, 2007 |
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.
August 26, 2007 |
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.
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.
August 23, 2007 |
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.
August 22, 2007 |
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.
March 28, 2007 |
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.
January 21, 2007 |
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.
November 29, 2006 |
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.
July 1, 2006 |
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.