Timberwolves' Griffin Pleads Guilty

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Timberwolves F Eddie Griffin pleaded guilty yesterday to inattentive driving in connection with a March traffic accident.

He paid a fine and court fees totaling $375 for the petty misdemeanor, said Mary Ellen Heng, an assistant city attorney. A misdemeanor charge for driving without a license was dropped after Griffin produced a valid Texas license and proof of insurance. Heng said the 24-year-old player entered the plea through his attorney and did not appear in court.

Griffin, who has battled alcohol problems for years, hit a parked car March 30 in Minneapolis. Witnesses said Griffin then went into a convenience store and told employees he was drunk. Rather than give Griffin a breath test, two police officers gave him a ride home -- prompting an internal police investigation.

The owner of the vehicle Griffin hit has filed a lawsuit seeking damages.

· CELTICS: F Wally Szczerbiak (sprained ankle) was inactive for Boston's game last night against the Bulls and probably will not play tomorrow against the Grizzlies. Szczerbiak was hurt at the end of Friday's loss to the Timberwolves.

· HEAT: G Dwyane Wade is Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, the fifth pro basketball player honored in the 52-year history of the award.

Wade, who led Miami to the NBA title and earned NBA finals MVP honors last season, will receive the award Dec. 14 in New York. The Dwyane Wade Foundation promotes educational and athletic goals through mentoring.

· BLAZERS: Rookie G Brandon Roy has shown improvement and will begin low-impact rehabilitation of his heel injury.

-- From News Services

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