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so sad...what kind of problems did he have??

The Harris County Medical Examiner's office in Houston has identified former Rockets, Nets and Timberwolves power forward Eddie Griffin as the man who died when the SUV he was driving plowed into a moving train in southeast Houston last week.

Officials said Griffin, who was just 25 years old, drove his SUV through a railroad crossing barrier and into a moving train at around 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 17, causing the vehicle to burst into flames. Griffin's body was so badly damaged that investigators had to use his dental records to verify his identity Tuesday. This ends a dramatic and troubled last five years for Griffin, whose career was tarnished by countless run ins with the law until last week's tragedy. ``If this is true, then Eddie is free now,'' said former Rockets guard and NBA coach John Lucas, who worked with Griffin in Lucas' Houston-based substance rehabilitation program. ``I'm just sad. Just so sad.'' Aug. 21 - 8:14 pm et

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He had all kind of run-ins with the law in Houston. He had issues with marijuana and was accused of beating a women (and shooting at her I think) outside his home in Houston. The incident with the women came after his known substance abuse problems and was what caused the Rockets to finally cut bait with him. Regardless, a sad ending to what appears to have been a troubled life of a talented young man.

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what a waste...

this kid was the #1 high school player in the country out of roman catholic high here in philly, a couple years after kobe was the man in this area...

seemed like a mature kid, but then got suspended during his senior season due to being part of a school fight...he went to seton hall, and seemed to immediately become one of those talented but extremely lazy and unmotivated derrick coleman-esque players...he got in a fight with a teammate there, went pro, and got drafted and immediately traded for 3 other first round picks...

lots of alcohol and drug problems, and the domestic charge mentioned...also an amazing story of him driving in his suv while watching a porn video, and uh, well, use your imagination.....

now i just wonder if he drove in front of the train on purpose, or just under the influence of drugs and alcohol...what a waste of a life...

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extremely sad ending to a very tumultuous life. the kid had serious talent and could have been a top player in the league if he just got himself motivated. we will never know what was going through his mind on the night of his ill-fated crash. he obviously had issues with controlled sunstances albeit marijuana(something i don't consider to be a major drug as long as you don't hurt anybody while doing and if you do it only in your home) there may have been some deep seeded mental ailments that he never told anyone about or sought help for. it is a sad day to see a guy just 2 years older than myself pass, it really makes you think of the stress that these guys go through and the toll it takes on them. most of these guys are being paraded around like circus animals from a very young age and the boosters and sneaker companies don't care that they are making a buck off a young guy. i am not making excuses for him but if he had better guidance he would have maybe made some better choices.

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He's seriously, finally, free.

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Things happen for a reason, Sad to say. Hope his family recover from the trama.

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I saw Eddie play in high school and after just one year at Seton Hall I thought he was the most talented player in the draft the year he came out. Perhaps the saddest part of this whole thing is that the accident happened last week and there had been no reports that he had even been missing. Makes me wonder if he would go missing for a week at a time often or that he had just bottomed out to the point that he was no longer in contact with anyone that would care that he was gone for a week. Sad, sad story. RIP.

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