Aug 21st, 2007 by brownman
ESPN has confirmed that former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Eddie Griffin was killed last week when his car collided with a freight train.
Investigators used dental records to identify Griffin, 25, who began his tumultous pro career with the Houston Rockets in 2001. He was waived by the Timberwolves in March.
The five-year veteran and former seventh overall draft pick had battled alcohol problems since coming out of Seton Hall. He was suspended by the NBA for five games in January for violating the anti-drug program.
Houston police said in a report that the SUV ignored a railroad warning and went through a barrier before striking the moving train about 1:30 a.m. Friday.
The driver’s body was badly burned and there was no identification.