Friday, January 12, 2007

Eddie Griffin Suspended

Less than a week after John Lucas came to town and "visited with project Eddie Griffin, the little-used Wolves forward he has helped battle alcoholism," the team has suspended Griffin for failing a drug test.

Timberwolves forward Eddie Griffin was suspended five games without pay by the NBA on Friday for a failed drug test, the latest in a string of incidents that could put his tumultuous career with the team in jeopardy.

Griffin's suspension begins with tonight's Wolves game at Memphis. He did not make the trip from the Twin Cities with the team. Griffin had not appeared in the past 13 consecutive games as he had fallen out of the rotation.

A Wolves spokesman declined to comment immediately. The team will issue a statement later today.

On Dec. 4, Griffin pleaded guilty to a petty misdemeanor for inattentive driving stemming from a March traffic accident.