Saturday , Jan , 31 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Griffin to enter Betty Ford Clinic

New York, NY (Sports Network) – New Jersey Nets forward Eddie Griffin is
expected to enter the Betty Ford Clinic for alcohol abuse treatment.

According to a report on the The New York Times website, Griffin’s lawyer,
Rusty Hardin, stated that Griffin needs help with a drinking problem and is
scheduled for a flight to the Southern California center next week.

Griffin, who signed with the Nets on January 8 after getting released by the
Houston Rockets, has been beset by various legal and emotional problems.

The former Seton Hall product, who was arrested last April and convicted on
January 20 for misdemeanor marijuana possession, is scheduled for sentencing
on February 13. He also was undergoing treatment for depression prior to
signing with New Jersey.

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 in February 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
contest.

NJ