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Eric Griffin
Eric Griffin
Position: -
Born: 05/26/90
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:189 lbs. / 85.7 kg.
Earnings: $77,250 ($81,299*)
This year’s camp invitees include: Quincy Ford; Devondrick Walker; RJ Hunter; Aaron Harrison; Isaiah Cousins; Danuel House; Darius Morris; Jalen Jones; Alex Caruso; Alfonso McKinnie; Marquis Teague; Isaiah Miles; Nate Sobey; Jaleel Roberts; Cleanthony Early; Jarnell Stokes; Mitchell Creek; Alec Brown; Eric Griffin; Shayne Whittington; Lamar Patterson; Damien Inglis; Michael Qualls; Tyler Hansbrough; and Elgin Cook.
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.”
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.”
Storyline: Eric Griffin Free Agency
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.