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« on: July 02, 2006, 02:29:14 AM »
http://kutv.com/national/topstories_story_180174619.html

 Jun 29, 2006 9:40 pm US/Mountain

Suit: NBA Player Watching Porn, Drunk Before Crash
Claim Targets Minnesota Timberwolves' Eddie Griffin

(CBS) MINNEAPOLIS On March 30, Minnesota Timberwolves center Eddie Griffin was drunk and masturbating when he crashed his luxury SUV into a parked Suburban outside a store in Minneapolis, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the man whose Suburban was hit in the crash.

WCCO-TV obtained copies of 911 calls and store surveillance video of the incident, along with an accident report the police submitted to the state, reports WCCO-TV's Caroline Lowe.

Several of the 911 callers that night said Griffin was drunk. One witness said Griffin told him he was watching pornography in a DVD player mounted on the dashboard of his Cadillac Escalade SUV when he struck a Chevy Suburban parked on University Avenue Southeast.

The location where Griffin crashed is located a couple miles from the Target Center where Griffin had played with his team several hours earlier.

Abed Hassuneh, who is the brother of the victim, said Griffin told him, "That he was masturbating himself going down that street. That's how the accident happened because he was not paying attention. He's paying attention to that video and all of a sudden he's shoveled somebody's car on the top of the sidewalk."

Interim Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan ordered an internal affairs investigation of the conduct of the two officers who responded to the scene, after WCCO-TV made Dolan aware of allegations about the incident.

Key questions are why Griffin wasn't tested for alcohol and why the officers drove him out of the city to his home in St. Paul. Griffin also received tickets for not having a license and inattentive driving.

Griffin's damaged SUV was towed to the Minneapolis impound lot.

Dolan told WCCO-TV he expects impartial policing. Dolan also said officers must get permission to leave the city.

"Obviously, if somebody is drunk and they are driving we want that dealt with by the police officers of Minneapolis," Dolan said.

In the video, Griffin can be heard pleading with witnesses to not call police saying, "I can't go to jail."

The video also shows Griffin admitting he is drunk and doesn't have a driver's license.

The video shows him struggling for minutes to put on his sweatshirt and offering to buy a car for the man who's SUV he crashed into in front of Santana Foods.

Griffin was not available for comment. When he was interviewed by reporters after the crash happened, he said he had dropped his cell phone as he drove.

The two officers involved in the incident, Daniel Anderson and Matthew Lindquist, have been with the Minneapolis Police Department since October 2001. The officers remain on duty pending the outcome of the internal investigation.
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Re: ?????WHATTHEHELL?!?!?!?!?!
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2006, 08:03:51 AM »
I've said it once and I'll say it again, masturbating while driving drunk should be reserved for those of us with a driver's license.

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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2006, 10:48:20 AM »
Funny, when I read this in the Star Tribune a few days ago there was no mention of the masterbation, just drunkeness. Oh well, anything goes these days....

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Re: ?????WHATTHEHELL?!?!?!?!?!
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2006, 11:47:30 AM »
Really, who are we to judge?  Like any of us haven't been there at one point in our life.

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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2006, 11:53:07 AM »
there could be multiple law suits stemming from both griffin's actions and later the way the police handled the situation.  if you were an attorney, which side would you want to represent?  

personally, i think the store keepers suit is frivolous-it was not even his car!.  although, i think it is likely that the issues involved in this case are so controversial that a quick juicy settlement offer is likely.  

personally, i would rather represent griffin and later the police officers.  i'm sure that the legal fees are going to be substantial and the career rewards are higher if i can get griffin either off/ a favorable settlement position.  plus, the relationship i could build w/ the police could be very valuable in and of itself.  
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2006, 12:28:30 PM »
there could be multiple law suits stemming from both griffin's actions and later the way the police handled the situation.  if you were an attorney, which side would you want to represent? 

personally, i think the store keepers suit is frivolous-it was not even his car!.  although, i think it is likely that the issues involved in this case are so controversial that a quick juicy settlement offer is likely. 

personally, i would rather represent griffin and later the police officers.  i'm sure that the legal fees are going to be substantial and the career rewards are higher if i can get griffin either off/ a favorable settlement position.  plus, the relationship i could build w/ the police could be very valuable in and of itself. 

I don't know about the store owner's suit being frivolous: true, it wasn't his car, but there's some language in the excerpt that seems to support an inference that the store itself may have been damaged by the crash in some way.  There might also be a possibility of recovery for economic harm due to interruption of the business as a result of the crash (maybe; depends on the precise facts, which we don't have).

I'd rather represent the plaintiffs.  First of all, I have little sympathy at all for tortfeasors, especially when they're conduct is THIS bad.  And I don't know about all of you, but I don't like to lose, and given these facts, I'd say that's a substantial possibility (there will probably be a settlement, and given the apparently gross and egregious conduct on the part of the defendants, you could be in a very weak bargaining position at the settlement table).
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2006, 12:50:41 AM »
Really, who are we to judge?  Like any of us haven't been there at one point in our life.

Well, me personally, I don't drive.
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2006, 03:38:46 AM »
i like a challenge.  ;)  i'd still choose griffin.  besides, we went to the same high school.  ;)
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Re: porn + masturbation + drunk driving = ?!?
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2006, 12:27:10 PM »
An NBA Player in a brush with the law? Well, I for one am scandalized. It just goes to show how one bad apple can ruin the reputation of the league.

Next thing you know, players will be in the news for threatening to shoot people, carrying loaded weapons, making racial slurs, and (I dread this day) attacking fans during games.
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Re: porn + masturbation + drunk driving = ?!?
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2006, 02:30:52 PM »
Hahahahaha!