Professional basketball player Eric Griffin, who finished his college career at Campbell University, was arrested Friday and charged with attempted first degree murder with a firearm, according to court records in Orange County, Florida.
Griffin, 25, and Daquan Lundy, 23, were arrested for a shooting authorities believe was an act of revenge tied to an April 16 drive-by shooting that killed Gino Nicolas and Tanya Skeen, according to multiple Florida media outlets with access to the incident report.
Griffin is being held without bond in the Orange County jail, and his attorney, Victor Mead, filed a motion to set bond in the case. The motion is scheduled to be heard Wednesday morning.
Nicolas, a 24-year-old youth mentor and nonprofit leader in the Parramore area of Orlando, was killed when gunfire erupted outside the Landings at Carver Park apartment complex April 16. Multiple reports have stated that Nicolas and Griffin were close friends.
Skeen, 46, also died in the shooting. Lundy was one of four other people injured in the shooting, according to media reports.
Thirteen days later, according to the incident report, Griffin and Lundy waited for Treavor Glover, 24, to arrive at the Bala Sands apartment complex. Authorities said Griffin fired four rounds at close range and hit Glover’s forehead with one round. Lundy fired an unknown amount of rounds at Glover as he was running, according to the report.
Glover, who survived the shooting, told police that his girlfriend is Nicolas’ sister, according to reports. Glover said he was not involved in the drive-by shooting that killed Nicolas.
The 6-foot-9 Griffin, who grew up in Orlando, played one year of high school basketball and attended two junior colleges before enrolling at Campbell. He played for the Camels from 2010-12, averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks as a senior. He gained national attention for his dunking ability.
Griffin played in the NBA Summer League each of the last four years and performed well for the Dallas Mavericks in 2014 before averaging 19.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks for the NBA Development League’s Texas Legends, a Dallas affiliate.
Griffin appeared on the rosters of the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons during the 2015 summer league, but Detroit waived him early in the NBA preseason. Griffin played in Dubai during the 2015-16 season.