Powerful Eddie Grffin Article
No posting Insider (or any pay-only) articles please. You can summarize in your own words what the article says, but that's it.For two weeks, Eddie Griffin had been doing something he'd done only sparingly his whole life: Talk. About himself. He nibbled at the edges at first, describing how his career and his personal life had spiraled out of control. But it was mostly in the safety of group sessions, and never about the stuff that always had him feeling like a dark maw was about to swallow him.
Then Griffin walked into a therapist's office for a one-on-one. That's when he finally opened up about the man who'd introduced him to basketball, taken him in when he couldn't afford to and put him on the right path only to go astray of it himself. The man who, by dying, dropped a world of hurt onto the shoulders of an unprepared 18-year-old.
Eddie Griffin talked about his brother.
He choked out the words through tears he hadn't shed since March 21, 2001, when his cell phone rang on the second floor of a Seton Hall dorm and he learned that his older half-brother, Marvin Powell, was dead of a heart attack at 34.