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Was Griffin's Crash a Hoax?

3/27/2007 6:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Eddie Griffin's ultra-expensive crash in a $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo has been all over television and the Internet today, but could the pricey wipeout really be a brilliant marketing ploy?

In the video obtained by CBS2 News in Los Angeles, it shows the car slamming into a concrete barricade. But, to quote Dr. Henry Lee from the O.J. Simpson case, "Something wrong."

Roll the video and take a close look at the guy standing next to the concrete barrier. He doesn't even flinch as the car comes near. Also, it's pretty interesting that after the crash, Griffin joked it up, saying, "Undercover Brother's good at karate and all the rest of that, but the brother can't drive."

This isn't the first time that one of Daniel Sadek's high-priced cars have been wrecked. During production of his movie, "Redline," two of the producer/real estate investor's expensive Porsche Carrera GTs were totaled during filming. One of the collisions was designed as a stunt. The other was an accident.

Eddie Griffin's publicist, Lori Jonas, told TMZ, "It was not a hoax. Eddie was racing for a charity to promote his upcoming film, "Redline." He got in an accident. He is suffering from neck and shoulder pain as a result of the accident. It was in no way a hoax."


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I've been on the racetrack before and stood at the barriers when cars have hit them. Those concrete saftey barriers are designed in a particular way so cars are directed upwards but don't flip. That guy standing there is probably a regular at the track and knew the barriers would work fine.

The car will most likely go back to italy for reconstruction. If he wrecks a 1.5mil car and has half a mil work done to it, but gets tons of publicity for it, a viral campaign like this is still cheaper than running TV ads.

2762 days ago


Look people.... The Crash is REAL, ---listen---- to the sound of the engine as the 800-bhp Ferrari attempts to make the left turn, during that moment the 285/30 ZR Extreme performance tires break traction as the 2790 pound vehicle is forced into a failure of control and the INERTIA and KINETIC FORCES cause the car to slam into the concrete barrier.

The Man standing there is real, and his reaction to his situational awareness was not on his own safety... it was on "hey i wonder what would happen if he was to hit this wall?" and BOOM that's what happened..

The amount of time from the slide to the point of impact is less than 3 seconds..The human brain processes information at a rate of 0.5 - 1.2 second reaction time, Depending on the person.
That does not include Action, Reaction, Decision and Self-Action.

And yeah.. It is Very Easy to lose control of a obnoxiously powerful car.
I defend this post because totally obliterated a modified 910rwhp Twin-Turbo 1993 Lamborghini Diablo SVT At 219mph on a local drag-strip. Walked away with only minor injuries, and a G-force induced ear-nose-bleed and a killer headache. it was like a roller coaster, Fun & wild as hell, but i don't have an intention of doing it again.

Remember...Who is behind the wheel of the vehicle... Enough Said.

And finally... RESPECT Torque and Horsepower...

..It's not the Speed that kills you, It's that Sudden Stopping part.

2762 days ago


If Eddie was driving in a race for charity as his publicist says... then why is he not wearing a driver's safety outfit as all race drivers wear while driving??????

2762 days ago


First of all, I guess no one here is fluent in car. An Enzo is a Super Car, capable of speeds well into the 200s, with high speeds, minimal down force, and trying to take a sharp turn at said high speeds, the car will under steer, causing it to not want to turn, and hence forth causing it to loose control and hit a divider/barricade/wall. Jesus, the things people try to say are not true. Play Gran Turismo or Forza or Project Gotham Racing. Get an Enzo and YOU try taking turns at high like that at high speed.

So yea, I think that video is real.

Oh and the guy? Why he didnt react? Ever heard of being stunned or shocked? It takes your body a minute to realize what is going on so you can react.

2762 days ago


"THE AMERICAN PUBLIC CAN SPOT A SCAM A MILE AWAY!!!" american public can sure spot something....

your all ignorant, and racist, im glad im not american. if you think this was fake you obviously have nothing important to do in your life except talk about whether this was fake or not... im implying that your stupid... me? im here because im procrastinating from writing my paper, bugger off.

2762 days ago


It sure looked like a fake. even when eddie got out of the car ;he stood there for a picture with a big smile on his face,.,.It was just publicaty for the new movie he;s in..If it was real he would be nervous and shakey to say the least,.,.

2762 days ago

Dan S.    

It's a fake, what racing course do you know of allows the drivers to not wear any kind of protection? Where's his helmet gloves etc? Crashing at that speed with no safety gear certainly would be hazrdous to one's health. Also, in the case of a serious accident ( you EMT's can answer this) isn't it SOP that the person in the accident be strapped to a gurney to make sure that any possible spinal injuries are minimized?

2762 days ago


Hoax! Watch the video in slo mo. You will see that there are tire marks already on the pavement, and that there are orange cones already knocked over. Add to this that the EMT's arrive, shake the actor's hand and don't even use a collar to immobilize his head. They allow him to get into the ambulance without securing his cervical spine! What a joke!

2762 days ago


Look at the shape of the turn with the cones, and the location of the cement wall, he wasn’t meant to make that turn. Definitely a publicity stunt.

2761 days ago


Who really cares??????????

2761 days ago


Eddie Griffin risk his life for a stunt?-ha! no way. He's not crazy enough to hit a wall at 75 head on..

2761 days ago


Typical rookie driver mistake. He locked the wheels while trying to turn.

2761 days ago


who would crash a $1.5 M rare Ferrarri as a hoax??? common....that is the hardest Ferrari to even would crash that on purpose

2761 days ago


This has to be a hoax!
The guy right in front of the crash site did not even move when it happened, it was like he was expecting the car to hit right there!
Also, as an EMS Responder, if this was real, then why wasn't the "patient" treated as if this were a real MVA accident? He should have been immobilized, collared and backboarded. I don't know of any responders in my experience who would just let a patient just get up and walk around after seeing what that vehicle looked like.

2761 days ago


What person in their right mind would allow a comedian with no racing experience whatsoever drive their 1.5 million car? And Griffin didn't seem worried or shook up afterwards, either.......white men can't jump, and black men can't drive

2761 days ago
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