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Rockets’ Griffin Accused of Assault

October 25, 2003

HOUSTON (AP) _ Suspended Rockets forward Eddie Griffin is being investigated by police, who were told the player beat and shot at a woman at his home.

No warrant had been issued for Griffin’s arrest and police haven’t found him, police spokesman Alvin Wright said Saturday. Wright said the district attorney’s family violence unit will be informed Monday.

Rockets spokesman Dan McKenna said the team was aware of the situation. The team suspended Griffin indefinitely Oct. 16 after he missed practices and a flight.

Griffin’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said he has not yet spoken with the player. Hardin added he has spoken with others involved in the matter and contends no one was shot at.

Police received a call from a woman before dawn Saturday, saying Griffin assaulted her, Wright said. Griffin later called police to say somebody had broken into his house.

Police arrived and a woman said Griffin had been downstairs talking and ``beat the woman up and shot at her,″ Wright said. He said all police knew about a gun being fired was what the woman told them. The unidentified woman who contends Griffin assaulted her was treated at a hospital, Wright said.

Griffin has an unresolved marijuana possession charge against him stemming from an April arrest. He averaged 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in two seasons with the Rockets.

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