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Eddie Griffin
Eddie Griffin
Position: -
Born: 05/30/82
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Earnings: $15,280,806 ($20,401,432*)
Griffin died mysteriously in the early morning of August 17, 2007, when his Nissan SUV plowed into the side of a Union Pacific train transporting plastics. He was 25 years old. His death, like so many things in his unusual life, left more questions than answers. Investigators found no tire streaks at the scene, nothing to indicate an attempt to avoid a collision so severe that authorities needed dental records to identify the body. Friends and family members refuse to believe that Griffin took his life — no matter the unspoken turmoil he faced and the negative headlines that shadowed him. That is not the Ed they knew. Instead, they recall a giving, loyal, and humble Griffin, the one who cared deeply — sometimes too deeply — about what others thought of him.
For a few years after his death, his family would celebrate Griffin’s life with a cake on his birthday, May 30. But the wounds never healed, and the Griffins ultimately gave up the tradition. They’d felt this pain before, with Marvin Powell Sr., little Marvin’s father. He was Griffin’s older half brother — he helped raise Eddie, stoked his passion for the game. Powell died of a heart attack at 34 in 2001, just as Griffin was grappling with the decision whether to leave college and enter professional basketball. One tragedy, the family fears, influenced another. “If Marvin still was alive, Eddie would still be here,” said Evelyn Powell, Marvin Sr.’s wife. “Everything would’ve been so much different. So much different.”
Griffin had been in other fights at school. Salmon recalled needing to pick him up after another fight with a teammate. The offender had wiped the sweat from his brow on Griffin’s tie. “I get to the school, he got blood on his shirt,” Salmon said. “He’s going to the hospital, saying, ‘Man, I pushed the wrong button, Jim.’” Though it was rare, the Rev. Paul C. Brandt, the school’s president, identified an anger in Griffin. “They started running around the school, trying to attack one another,” Brandt said. “The other student was running from him and Eddie was trying to attack him. It obviously indicated there were some challenges Eddie faced when it came to dealing with frustration, anger, and emotion that we didn’t see all the time. Literally, we saw it twice in three years.”
Griffin tried to focus on basketball, but he was upset at Powell, according to Barrett. He’d heard rumors that Powell had talked to agents on Griffin’s behalf. Griffin, according to Barrett, was upset that his eligibility could now be in jeopardy. “He was hurt because he felt like he didn’t tell anybody that he was leaving after his first year,” Barrett said. “He wanted to have that option of coming back. So when he heard the rumors of his brother taking money from agents and putting him in a situation where it was forcing him to leave — I don’t know if it’s true. Nobody really knew if his brother was taking money or not. But Eddie was pissed about that. And he really stopped speaking to his brother for two, three months straight.”
Griffin and Barrett were in their second-floor dormitory a little more than a week after Alabama ousted Seton Hall from the NIT. Griffin picked up the phone, answered, and sobbed deeply for the next 20 minutes, until he finally told him: It was Marvin, Griffin said. He had died of a heart attack. “Now he started thinking, Man, is it my fault?” Barrett said. “I’ll never forget the day when he got the call … He’s going through it, because he wasn’t speaking to him. Now he’s got to be that rock for the family. He’s got to be that guy to do something good for the whole family to get their spirits back. So he felt like he had a lot of pressure on his hands, and he felt guilt for not speaking to his brother for so long.”
Likewise, Griffin forged a rapport with two Rockets staff members. Keith Jones, the team’s athletic trainer, and Melvin Hunt, an assistant coach, are among the people who would not let Griffin walk past them without a conversation. “He was just such a young guy and still, even though he’d went through stuff growing up, there was an innocence about him,” Jones said. “Everything was fresh to him on the basketball side and moving to Houston and everything, and it mentally seemed like he had a gleam in his eye. As time went on, the basketball didn’t come as easy to him as he would’ve liked or as anyone would’ve liked, and he lost a little bit of that light in his eye.” Jones would routinely ask Griffin how he was doing. Griffin would offer the same response. “I’m a little tired,” he’d say.