There’s some comfort in that, to be sure, but even if it takes longer than he ever hoped or expected to get there, Griffin says he won’t give up on his dream of playing in the NBA. “Teams don’t like that stuff,” Griffin said of his arrest. “They’re basically going to look at me like, if they gave me all this money, then why am I hanging with these people? Why would your name even come up in that? They’re not going to invest in that guy. So I might be free, but I’m not. “I still have hope, though,” he continued. “I’ll never lose faith, and I know I’m going to grind if they give me a chance.”
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While his case was being investigated, Griffin lost a “substantial” offer to join a team in the Philippines, according to his agent, Seidel, and in the weeks since Griffin’s case was thrown out interest in him, both globally and abroad, has been lukewarm, at best. “It just goes to show you that teams, they don’t want to mess with it,” Seidel said. “It becomes toxic. In the basketball world, absolutely everybody knows. When I say everybody, I mean any market that I put his name out, they know. That goes from China to Italy, and it’s difficult to overcome that, even though it’s been proven that he had absolutely nothing to do with it.”
But then he was accused of an attempted murder he didn’t commit, and from the moment officers took him into custody at a Central Florida suit store on the eve of his best friend’s funeral, Griffin knew his life, both on the court and off, would never be the same. “I am a victim, wrongfully accused of something I didn’t do,” Griffin, dressed in a white T-shirt and baggy blue basketball shorts, said between bites of Texas-style chili, carefully picking around the chunks of red onion. “I’m moving on now, but I’ll never be able to get away from it. Once it’s out there, it’s there forever.”
“Somebody was telling me, ‘Yo, T-Glover got shot,’ and I was like, ‘Whoa,'” Griffin said. “But it was also kind of like, ‘OK, whatever, so?’ I don’t know him like that, and he ain’t cool with me. But then they were like, ‘They said you had something to do with it.’ I guess (Angel) already had it in her mind, that ‘Eric did this.'” At the time, Griffin was unaware that he was an actual suspect and said he had no contact with police on April 28. On the 29th, however, he became suspicious after receiving several calls from blocked numbers.
“They said, ‘They’re fixing to charge you if you don’t talk,’ and I said, ‘Charge me for what? I didn’t do nothing. Everything checks out,'” Griffin said. “They were like, ‘We see you play basketball, now that’s over with. You’re not going to play basketball anymore,’ trying to get me to tell. And I put my head down and kept saying, ‘Man, I didn’t do nothing.’ “It was like they decided going in, ‘(Expletive) him, I’m going to lock him up.'” A short time later, that’s exactly what they did.
Nearly two months after being arrested and charged with first degree attempted murder, former D-League All-Star Eric Griffin is a free man after his charges were dropped by the State of Florida, citing a lack of evidence after a lengthy investigation, his agent told D-League Digest Friday. A member of a number of NBA Summer League teams, Griffin averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds and nearly 2.5 blocks during his last season in the D-League (2014-2015) with the Texas Legends.
Griffin, 26, was arrested on April 29 for the attempted murder of 24-year-old Traevor Glover. Security footage, however, showed Griffin at his parent’s home at the time of the shooting. Along with a motion detector alarm set at 11 p.m. and disarmed at 5:51 a.m., defense attorneys for Griffin argued it was impossible for him to have been at the shooting. With all charges dropped, Griffin looks to pick up right where he left off and potentially end up on an NBA roster heading into next season.