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Police Are Investigating Griffin

October 26, 2003|From Associated Press

Suspended Houston forward Eddie Griffin is being investigated by police, who were told the player beat a woman and shot at her in his home.

No warrant had been issued for Griffin's arrest and police haven't found him, police spokesman Alvin Wright said Saturday. He said police want only to get a statement from Griffin.

Wright said the case will be referred to the police department's family violence unit.

"It's his word against hers and we can't find him," Wright said. "Nobody saw him do anything. There are no witnesses."

Joann Romero, 21, alleged in a call to police early Saturday that Griffin had punched her and shot at her. She was treated at a hospital for facial injuries.

Wright said officers found two shell casings and blood at Griffin's home after a male identifying himself as Griffin called police and said somebody had broken into his house. The report came about 25 minutes after Romero's call.

When police arrived at Griffin's home, they found a relative of Griffin and another woman. Both said they didn't see or hear anything, but the woman said Griffin and another woman had been there arguing.

Rocket 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 had not spoken with the player.

Griffin has an unresolved marijuana possession charge against him stemming from an April arrest.

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Memphis guard Michael Dickerson retired from the NBA after a five-year career that was stalled by injuries.

Dickerson averaged 15.4 points and 2.6 assists in 212 games with Houston and the Grizzlies.

But he played in only 10 games the last two seasons because of health problems, including a groin strain.

"This is a sad day for me," Dickerson said. "I am grateful to the entire Grizzlies organization for their unwavering support and encouragement throughout my career and especially the lengthy process to attempt to rehab my injuries."

A member of Arizona's 1997 NCAA championship team, Dickerson was selected by Houston in the first round of the 1998 NBA draft. He was acquired by the Grizzlies in a 1999 trade.

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Golden State forward Troy Murphy will sit out the start of the regular season because of a right foot injury.

Murphy started 79 games for the Warriors last season.

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Point guard Keith McLeod signed with Minnesota, rejoining the Timberwolves four days after being cut by the team.

McLeod averaged six points in six exhibition games.

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