Good news, bad news for Griffen

Everson Griffen won't be facing felony charges for his Monday arrest, but the NFL is looking at his Saturday and Monday arrests and is likely to hand out discipline at some point.

The Everson Griffen situation in California took on a "good news, bad news" component Tuesday. The good news is that he won't face felony charges due to his confrontation with police. The bad news is that, from the NFL's view, he earned two strikes in three days.

Griffen, who posted bail and was released from jail early Tuesday morning, won't be charged with felony battery of a police officer after prosecutors in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office opted not to file felony charges – citing the lack of injury to the officer and Griffen's lack of a prior criminal history. He is, however, expected to be charged with a misdemeanor, most likely attempting to flee police for not cooperating with commands. His first scheduled court appearance on the charge is Feb. 25.

Where the NFL may pop up a red flag is that Monday's arrest was Griffen's second in three days. He was arrested early Saturday morning for being drunk in public in the Hollywood section of the city. He was arrested and released later Saturday. According to local reports, Griffen's impetus for fleeing officers was that he was didn't want to go back to jail again.

The good news for Griffen is that he won't face felony charges, which, given the gravity of the initial charge, could have carried mandatory jail time if convicted on those charges. However, he is almost sure to face some sort of punishment from the league under the personal conduct policy.

Right now, the NFL has more pressing matters on its own plate, but it is extremely unlikely that it will forget about Griffen's long weekend and punishment is likely to be handed down at some point.


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