Former Rockets player gets probationary term

Originally Published: March 25, 2004
ESPN

HOUSTON -- A state district judge has sentenced former Houston Rockets player Eddie Griffin to 18 months' probation on his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of deadly conduct.

Griffin, a 21-year-old forward who was waived by the New Jersey Nets last month, had entered the plea as part of a deal that resolves a felony charge of aggravated assault punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The seventh overall pick in the 2001 draft, Griffin was accused in October of punching a woman and shooting at her after she walked into his southwest Houston mansion and found him with another woman.

Griffin, who went to Seton Hall, left the Nets in late January so he could check into the Betty Ford Center to get six weeks of treatment for alcohol abuse. He has since entered a residential alcohol treatment program overseen by former NBA player and coach John Lucas.

Judge Mike Anderson also ordered Griffin to continue outpatient treatment for alcohol abuse, pay a $2,000 fine and get a job.

Court-at-Law Judge Larry Standley also Tuesday fined Griffin $1,000 and suspended his driver's license for six months for a January marijuana conviction.

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