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Forward caught 'consorting with disreputable people'

HOUSTON -- Free-agent forward Eddie Griffin was in jail
Thursday for violating his probation, a court official said.

Griffin, on probation after pleading guilty in a 2003 assault
case, was listed as a witness in a disturbance at a club in Houston
on Wednesday, state district court coordinator Virginia Cerda said.
It was a violation of his probation because he was "consorting
with disreputable people" at a compromising time of day, Cerda
said.
Griffin's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Griffin went to a
nightclub to pick up a friend and an altercation broke out. Griffin
was not involved in the altercation and was not drinking at the
time, according to Harbin and a police report that listed Griffin
as a witness.
"Eddie has made a lot of mistakes and Eddie has had a lot of
problems in his life, but this is not something he created at
all," Hardin said.
Hardin said that Griffin was being harassed by two men who were
arrested at the scene.
"He's a great kid, totally still under control, and is going to
make somebody a great ball player," Hardin said.
Griffin chose a 15-day sentence for the violation rather than
going to a hearing that could have resulted in a harsher
punishment. He was jailed Wednesday and will get out July 20, a
spokeswoman at the Harris County Jail said Thursday.
The seventh pick in the 2001 draft, Griffin played last year
with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was released by the Rockets in
2003 and later signed with the New Jersey Nets.
"From all the facts that we've ascertained in this case, we're
satisfied that this was simply an unfortunate incident,"
Timberwolves general manager Jim Stack said in a statement.
"Eddie's only involvement was that he was an eyewitness to an
altercation. He was not involved in the altercation.
"Eddie was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately,
his proximity to a night club violated his probation and we
understand the repercussions involved."