Houston judge convicts of misdemeanor

Updated: January 20, 2004, 8:42 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Former Houston Rockets forward Eddie Griffin was found guilty of marijuana possession Tuesday.

Harris County Criminal Court-at-Law Judge Larry Standley said he would sentence Griffin, now with the New Jersey Nets, on Feb. 13.

 Eddie Griffin

Standley convicted Griffin of the misdemeanor after a daylong bench trial in which defense attorneys challenged the legality of the search that led to his April arrest.

"This is not expected to have any impact on Eddie's play with the Nets, or interfere with his ability to make a comeback," said Griffin's attorney, Rusty Hardin.

Griffin, who signed with the Nets following his release from the Rockets, also is scheduled to answer a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Feb. 13. That charge is based on an alleged fight with a woman in October. Hardin said his client has not yet been indicted on the felony charge.

Griffin was arrested in April on the marijuana charge.

He was suspended from the Rockets in October for a series of missed practices and a skipped flight to Sacramento, Calif. Later that month, a woman accused him of hitting her three times in the face and shooting at her as she drove away from his Houston home before dawn on Oct. 25.

Griffin, a 6-foot-10, 232-pound forward, averaged 8.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.63 blocks in 150 career games during two seasons with the Rockets.

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