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Former Mt. Miguel, NFL Star Robert Griffith Facing Charges in Home Dispute

Griffith faces misdemeanor charges of trespassing and vandalism, after he and a North County attorney allegedly attempted to evict tenants from Griffith's Rancho San Diego home.

Robert Griffith, the former football player, who starred in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals, is facing misdemeanor charges of trespassing and vandalism, stemming from his attempting to evict tenants from his Rancho San Diego home.

According to a report from 10News, Griffith and North County attorney Michael Pines tried to forcefully evict the tenants, who are more than a year behind on their $12,000 per month rent.

According to the report, Pines was arrested and is facing charges of attempted extortion, after he allegedly sought $1 million from the renter and $25,000 from his wife. Deputy District Attorney James Romo said that Pines also threatened the renters with physical violence.

Pines had an arraignment on Monday. His bail was set at $50,000.

Griffith played for the Matadors in the late '80s, and stayed home to attend San Diego State University. During his 13-year NFL career, he was an All-Pro safety in 1998 and 1999, and finished with 27 interceptions for his career.

Michael Patrick King October 21, 2012 at 06:24 AM
"$12,000 a month"? That must be some shack! Still, the most they should owe--even with interest--is around $200,000, not $1 million + $25,000. Did the DA consider charging him with Rent Gouging?

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