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From ESPN.com:

Griffin killed when car hits train last week

Associated Press

Updated: August 21, 2007, 8:47 PM ET

HOUSTON -- Former Minnesota Timberwolves Eddie Griffin died last week when his sport utility vehicle collided with a freight train in a fiery crash in Houston, the Harris County medical examiner's office said Tuesday.

Investigators used dental records to identify Griffin, 25, who began his tumultous pro career with the Houston Rockets in 2001. He was waived by the Timberwolves in March.

The five-year veteran and former seventh overall draft pick had battled alcohol problems since coming out of Seton Hall. He was suspended by the NBA for five games in January for violating the anti-drug program.

Houston police said in a report that the SUV ignored a railroad warning and went through a barrier before striking the moving train about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

The driver's body was badly burned and there was no identification.

Griffin had a series of suspensions, court dates and missed practices during his first two years in the NBA with Houston and New Jersey. He spent time in the Betty Ford Center for alcohol treatment in 2003-04.

Griffin signed with the Wolves as a free agent before the 2004 season, and showed enough promise as a shot-blocker and rebounder to be signed to an extension.

But he was waived in March after appearing in just 13 games for the Wolves this season.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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Even though he had a rough time these past couple of years, it is still sucky to have to read about something like this.

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I can remember watching Eddie Griffin back when he played for Roman Catholic, and came down to Richland's proud and peaceful glen for a game of basketball. I was at that game, and while I think we held him in relative check, we lost in OT because we couldn't make our foul shots.

Requiescat in pace.

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yeah this is prety sucky, it's a shame he couldn't get his off the court problems on track.

That's the worst pun I've ever read.

Still quite a sad and tragic occurance.

--Roger "Time?" Clemente,

Especially because that's one of the most improperly used phrases in English.

The word you're looking for is "untracked", which means "to be performing at a higher level after a poor start". In this sense, "track" simply means "a means of proceeding", and not physical rails that trains ride on. "He couldn't get his life untracked" is still a horrible pun, but at least the grammar is correct.

The more you know... [cue music and shooting star] :therock:

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The phrase, "ignored a railroad warning and went through a barrier before striking the moving train" really makes me think either this was a suicide or dude was absolutely piss drunk. What a troubled soul, I truly hope it can rest in peace now.

These guys are not gladiators, they are not infallable. They are imperfect fragile human beings...just like the rest us. No amount of money, adulation, or hype will ever change that.

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The phrase, "ignored a railroad warning and went through a barrier before striking the moving train" really makes me think either this was a suicide or dude was absolutely piss drunk. What a troubled soul, I truly hope it can rest in peace now.

These guys are not gladiators, they are not infallable. They are imperfect fragile human beings...just like the rest us. No amount of money, adulation, or hype will ever change that.

Suicide was my first thought too.

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Twelve posts and no "driving drunk watching porn" jokes...we're a classy bunch today.

...Or maybe Lamicus isn't awake yet. :P

It's funny... that was actually the first thing I thought of. But I agree with Greg, here... I would probably lean towards him being drunk, but that's me. I could be wrong.

A sad end to... well... a sad end. He showed so much promise when he was at Roman, only to be muddled in things that would doom his career.

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