Attempted-murder charge dropped against D-League prospect Eric Griffin

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Eric Griffin – a 26-year-old former D-League All-Star who was still a viable NBA prospect – was charged with attempted murder in April.

Bret Strelow of The Fayetteville Observer:

The state of Florida on Wednesday dropped a two-month-old charge of attempted first degree murder with a firearm against professional basketball player and Campbell alum Eric Griffin.

The state said the case was “not suitable for prosecution.” Griffin will now attempt to continue his pro career after being falsely accused of a serious crime and having his reputation damaged severely.

“We’re happy that Eric was completely exonerated from these false charges,” Griffin’s agent, Tod Seidel, said in a statement released to The Observer. “Eric is eager to put this incredibly unfortunate case of mistaken identity behind him and move on to focus on his career.”

Griffin is now a free man, but advancing his basketball career might not be easy.

Our legal system is not set up to find innocence. If Griffin can convince teams of his innocence – and his defense presented evidence of it – he’ll have a much easier time getting signed. If it looks like the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence rather than evidence of his innocence, teams might stay away. For a fringe player like him, he’s not guaranteed the benefit of the doubt.

This remains an unfortunate situation all the way around.