HOUSTON (AP) – Suspended Rockets forward Eddie Griffin is being
investigated by police, who were told he beat and shot at a woman
at 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 just want 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, Wright said. She was
treated at a hospital for facial injuries, he said.

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, Wright said.

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

Rockets 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 the two have not spoken.
Hardin added he has spoken with others involved in the matter and
contends no one was shot at.

Griffin has an unresolved marijuana possession charge against
him stemming from an April arrest. He averaged 8.7 points and 5.8
rebounds in two seasons with the Rockets.

Riley bows out to a Van Gundy again: Pat Riley had a simple
question for Stan Van Gundy: “Are you ready?”

It was early Wednesday morning, only a couple hours after Riley
decided he didn’t need to coach anymore. Van Gundy didn’t really
know how to respond.

“That conversation’s taken place two or three times in last 18
months,” Van Gundy said. “And it’s never come to fruition. I didn’t
put any stock in it. I could tell he was serious, but at the same
time I just sort of thought in my mind, ‘Let’s wait until tomorrow
and see where he is with it.”‘

Riley resigned Friday as coach of the Miami Heat at a hastily
called news conference, only four days before the team he reloaded
with young but largely unproven talent opens its season. He will
remain as team president; his first official order of business was
hiring Van Gundy as the fifth coach in franchise history.

“I just believe that with this new team and these guys and the
flexibility that we have that another voice is needed on the
court,” Riley said. “I’m firmly convinced about that. And I think
it’s Stan’s voice. That’s why I did this.”

Riley, 58, ranks second in NBA history with 1,110 victories, and
he led the Los Angeles Lakers to four championships in the 1980s.
Riley won six division titles in his eight years in Miami, but only
made the Eastern Conference finals once, losing to Michael Jordan’s
Chicago Bulls in 1997.

But the Heat missed the playoffs the past two years, finishing
at the bottom of the Atlantic Division last season at 25-57 –
Riley’s worst record in 21 years as an NBA head coach.




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