Tuesday , Jan , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Griffin guilty of marijuana possession

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Forward Eddie Griffin of the New Jersey Nets
was convicted Tuesday of a misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Griffin, who signed with the Nets after being released by Houston on December
19, is scheduled for sentencing on February 13. He was arrested on the
marijuana charge last April.

The 6-foot-10 Griffin was selected by the Nets with the seventh pick of the
2001 NBA Draft and then dealt to the Rockets for the draft rights to forward
Richard Jefferson, center Jason Collins and guard Brandon Armstrong.

Griffin also played one season at Seton Hall University, and attended
Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia where trouble in his senior year
disallowed him from graduating with his class.

Griffin has not played this season and was suspended indefinitely without pay
by the Rockets on October 16 for missing practices and a team flight to
Sacramento for a preseason game.

He is scheduled for another court appearance next month for a felony charge of
aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an alleged incident with a woman.

In 150 NBA games, Griffin has averaged 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per