Vikings' Everson Griffen reportedly in mental health facility

Ebony Scott
September 28, 2018

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is reportedly being evaluated at a Minneapolis-area hospital after an incident last Saturday, via multiple reports, as more details emerge about what is clearly a troubled time for the veteran player.

The Vikings had cited a knee problem in ruling Griffen out on the pregame injury report before Sunday's loss to the Bills.

A caller to police also reported the man threatened to assault hotel employees, and left of his own accord.

After an evaluation, Griffen was taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, where he was placed on a police-ordered health and welfare hold.

Cops arriving at the scene let Griffen go without arresting him, and department spokesman John Elder says no gun was seen. Griffen was gone for several days during the week, at one point sending his wife a text message that referenced suicide.

Not only had his wife noticed a difference in the 30-year-old Pro Bowler, the team had as well, noting that he had been struggling lately and that he was screaming and yelling in practice, which was out of the ordinary for him. Griffen's wife, Tiffany, told police Waynes' called her and said Griffen had broken into their home.

Another front office staffer told police that Griffen was informed on Thursday that he wasn't allowed back to the team until he underwent a mental health evaluation.

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Following the incident at the hotel Saturday, Griffen allegedly attempted to break in to the home of teammate Trae Waynes before climbing into a stranger's truck and being driven to his home in Minnetrista, according to an incident report.

A few minutes later, Griffen's wife again called police to tell them he was now in a vehicle with a man that Griffen didn't know.

The incident report states that hotel staff believed Griffen was possibly under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. The chance to count on him in game time.

Griffen, who was selected in the fourth round of the National Football League draft by the Vikings in 2010, was arrested twice in three days in Los Angeles in 2011.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Monday night in a statement that the team was "currently focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family".

"We have a very, very good support program, and our owners do an unbelievable job of giving players all the resources that they need", Zimmer said. He recently signed a four-year, $58 million extension that included a $2 million signing bonus and a total of $34 million in guaranteed money. The driver later told police he "didn't feel safe at all and needed to get out of there", according to the report.

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