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USC football: Everson Griffen reportedly cancels Las Vegas Super Bowl party

February 5, 2011 | 11:30 am

Griffen_375 Former USC defensive lineman Everson Griffen's plans for a big Super Bowl party in Las Vegas were sacked by the NFL.

At least, that's what the Minnesota Vikings' player reportedly wrote on his Facebook page.

According to a report, Griffen wrote, "this event is cancled [sic] sorry for the confusion and mass text" and explained that "the NFL has made the decision this event has got to [sic] much media coverage and we are not allowed to bus people to Vegas .."

USC administrators on Thursday sent e-mails to football players and all other athletes prohibiting them from joining the trip to Las Vegas for the party organized by Griffen.

Griffen, who played for USC from 2007 to 2009, was arrested Monday and booked on suspicion of felony battery after an incident in which he allegedly grabbed a Los Angeles police officer’s crotch during an altercation after a traffic stop near campus. Police used a Taser to subdue Griffen, who recently completed his first season with the Vikings. Prosecutors said they would refer the case to the city attorney's office for possible misdemeanor filing because Griffen does not have a criminal record and because the officer he allegedly grabbed was not injured.

--Gary Klein

Photo: Everson Griffen brings down Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli during a Pac-10 game in 2009. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times