Vikings’ Everson Griffen allegedly threatened to shoot somebody at hotel


Griffen, 30, was not arrested and police are not investigating the incident, with a Minneapolis Police spokesman telling the Associated Press that there was no indication that the threats Griffen made were credible, and that he did not have a weapon.

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen agreed voluntarily to be hospitalized following a series of incidents over the weekend that have teammates and family concerned for his mental health, according to a Minnetrista police report obtained by The Athletic.

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is away from the team now, as he addresses his mental health. He signed a four-year contract extension last summer.

Stephen Weatherly will start in his place in Thursday night's 7:20 kickoff against the Rams in Los Angeles. Griffen's wife, Tiffany, ultimately met police at another location and expressed concern for Griffen, saying he had been fighting "demons" in his head and had previously left the home for extended periods of time.

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The Vikings had cited a knee problem in ruling Griffen out on the pregame injury report before Sunday's loss to the Bills. It's unclear whether the Vikings expect him back at all this season. "We are now focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family". "In the five years I've been here, I've always loved Everson", Zimmer said. "He's always been a really, really good model for us and obviously he's going through some tough times now".

According to a police report obtained by Paul Walsh of The Star Tribune, Griffen's wife said he left home on September 16 after he awoke suddenly in the middle of the night, which is something he does at times when fighting "demons" in his head. There, he threatened employees. Griffen's wife later contacted police to inform them Griffen said he was at Vikings teammate Trae Waynes' home and was trying to break in.

"To clarify, there was no attempted break-in at our home and at no point did my family or I feel unsafe", Waynes said.

Griffen then went to a nearby gas station, where he saw a man who works at an establishment he frequents.

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An emergency dispatcher said Griffen allegedly told hotel staff he was going to shoot somebody if they wouldn't let him in his room.

ESPN reported Tuesday that Griffen was "getting assistance on personal matters".

Police found Griffen and his wife in front of the house.

According to a report from Josina Anderson of ESPN, Griffen was in a hospital being evaluated after the incident in question.

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"We just want to be supportive and help however we can, make ourselves available", quarterback Kirk Cousins said. But Griffen needs to get healthy, and if that means never playing football again, so be it.