24 June 2009
This page is dedicated to the funniest, weirdest, craziest NBA stories.
God knows how many there are, but Sixers4guidos thinks that nothing can top this:
1) "SUIT: WOLVES PLAYER WATCHED PORN, CAUSED CRASH"
(WCCO) Minneapolis – On March 30, Minnesota Timberwolves center Eddie Griffin* was drunk and masturbating when he crashed his luxury SUV into a parked Suburban outside a store in Minneapolis, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the man whose Suburban was hit in the crash.The WCCO-TV I-TEAM obtained copies of 911 calls and store surveillance video of the incident, along with an accident report the police submitted to the state.
Several of the 911 callers that night said Griffin was drunk. One witness said Griffin told him he was watching pornography in a DVD player mounted on the dashboard of his Cadillac Escalade SUV when he struck a Chevy Suburban parked on University Avenue Southeast. The location where Griffin crashed is located a couple miles from the Target Center where Griffin had played with his team several hours earlier.
Abed Hassuneh, who is the brother of the victim, said Griffin told him, “That he was masturbating himself going down that street. That’s how the accident happened because he was not paying attention. He’s paying attention to that video and all of a sudden he’s shoveled somebody’s car on the top of the sidewalk.”
Interim Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan ordered an internal affairs investigation of the conduct of the two officers who responded to the scene, after the I-TEAM made Dolan aware of allegations about the incident. Key questions are why Griffin wasn’t tested for alcohol and why the officers drove him out of the city to his home in St. Paul. Griffin also received tickets for not having a license and inattentive driving. Griffin’s damaged SUV was towed to the Minneapolis impound lot. Dolan told the I-TEAM he expects impartial policing. Dolan also said officers must get permission to leave the city. “Obviously, if somebody is drunk and they are driving we want that dealt with by the police officers of Minneapolis,” Dolan said.
In the video, Griffin can be heard pleading with witnesses to not call police saying, “I can’t go to jail.” The video also shows Griffin admitting he is drunk and doesn’t have a driver’s license. The video shows him struggling for minutes to put on his sweatshirt and offering to buy a car for the man who’s SUV he crashed into in front of Santana Foods. Griffin was not available for comment. When he was interviewed by reporters after the crash happened, he said he had dropped his cell phone as he drove.
The two officers involved in the incident, Daniel Anderson and Matthew Lindquist, have been with the Minneapolis Police Department since October 2001. The officers remain on duty pending the outcome of the internal investigation.
(Published on wcco.com, on June 29th 2006, by Caroline Lowe)
Sixers4guidos’ comment: Eddie, congratulations. It’s nice to see we have something in common with a NBA player. And it’s not the Cadillac Escalade.
* = Eddie Griffin passed away in the August of 2007 in a car accident. I decided to leave this post on this blog because it’s an actual fact that really happened, but no disrespect for him, who was a troubled-but-nice guy according to everyone he related to. Rest in peace Eddie.
This story comes second:
2) YOUR TYPICAL BLAZERS PRACTICE
As they were leaving the practice facility Wednesday, the morning of their final shootaround together, Bonzi Wells and Rasheed Wallace saw Ruben Boumtje Boumtje shooting jump shots some 100 feet away with his back turned to them. Wallace slapped Wells on the back and said, “Watch this.”
Then he picked up a ball, reared back and fired a 100-foot, baseball-style strike that left Boumtje Boumtje writhing the floor. Trainers were summoned. After a few scary minutes, Boumtje Boumtje walked off, OK.
Wells and Wallace? They giggled like schoolchildren and ran away the moment their teammate hit the canvas.
Sixers4guidos’ comment: Ruben, with a surname like that you were already an idol. Now we love you even more.
3) WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ALLEN IVERSON (10th May 2002)
A “can’t miss” in a Sixers blog. Excerpts:
Reporter: “So you and coach Brown got caught up on Saturday about practice?”
Iverson: “If I can’t practice, I can’t practice. It is as simple as that. It ain’t about that at all. It’s easy to sum it up if you’re just talking about practice. We’re sitting here, and I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we’re talking about practice. I mean listen, we’re sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about practice.
Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game last it’s my last but we’re talking about practice man. How silly is that? Now I know that I’m supposed to lead by example and all that but I’m not shoving that aside like it don’t mean anything. I know it’s important, I honestly do but we’re talking about practice. We’re talking about practice man. (laughter from the media crowd).
We’re talking about practice. We’re talking about practice. We’re not talking about the game. We’re talking about practice. When you come to the arena, and you see me play, you’ve seen me play right, you’ve seen me give everything I’ve got, but we’re talking about practice right now. (more laughter)
Reporter: “But it’s an issue that your coach continues to raise?”
Iverson: “Hey I hear you, it’s funny to me to, hey it’s strange to me too but we’re talking about practice man, we’re not even talking about the game, when it actually matters, we’re talking about practice.”
Reporter: “Is it possible that if you practiced, not you but you would make your teammates better?”
Iverson: “How in the hell can I make my teammates better by practicing?”
The LINK to the whole press conference.
The VIDEO, inluding the "Pratice counter":