Wolves F Griffin suspended five games by NBA

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Minnesota Timberwolves forward Eddie Griffin, who has been in trouble throughout his career, was suspended five games without pay by the NBA on Friday for violation of the anti-drug program.

The specifics of Griffin’s suspension were withheld by the NBA and the Players Association through the collective bargaining agreement. Griffin will be eligible to return January 21 at Phoenix.

Griffin, 24, was involved in a car crash last March in which he admitted on a store’s security camera that he was drunk. Police on the scene did not administer a field sobriety test or a Breathalyzer.

The Houston Rockets waived Griffin in 2003 after he missed practices and a team flight. He was signed by the New Jersey Nets but missed the entire 2003-04 campaign due to alcohol rehabilitation.

In 2004, he spent 11 days in jail and received 18 months probation for an aggravated assault charge in which he punched and fired a gun at his ex-girlfriend.

A lottery pick in the ill-fated 2001 draft, the 6-10 Griffin has averaged 7.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 303 games for Houston and Minnesota. He is averaging 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds this season but had not played since December 13.

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Updated Friday, Jan 12, 2007