Vikings DE Griffen on leave; team concerned about well-being

Vikings DE Griffen on leave; team concerned about well-being

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement the team is aware of the incident and is focused on supporting Griffen, who has played for the team since it selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The Minneapolis Police Department report detailed the incident, with the name of the person making the threat redacted.

After the Vikings requested a welfare check by Minnetrista police Saturday, Griffen was taken to a hospital and placed on a health and welfare hold, the end of a long day that started with Griffen being turned away from practice. The 30-year-old is reportedly undergoing a mental health evaluation at a local hospital. "I just hope the best for him". According to a police report, someone at the hotel was verbally threatening to shoot someone.

Griffen's wife then called and said he was at teammate Trae Waynes' home down the road.

Griffen was said to have broken into the home of a fellow player after he left the hotel.

"To clarify, there was no attempted break-in at our home and at no point did my family or I feel unsafe", Waynes said. At a meeting at a nearby park, Tiffany Griffen told police that she'd been struggling with her husband's mental state, that he had been talking irrationally, leaving the house unexpectedly and may have made some suicidal remarks by text message earlier in September. Family members told police they feared for their safety and for Griffen's, detailing what one acquaintance described as a nervous breakdown. "We know he's strong and he's going to push through it, and we just want him to know that we've got his back". Griffen was trying to break in, had jumped through bushes and was shirtless.

The incident involving Everson Griffen on Saturday at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis was the continuation of recent erratic behavior by the Vikings defensive end that, according to the Star Tribune, has him at a mental healthy facility for evaluation and treatment.

Sources told Anderson that a number of Vikings players and coaches were not aware of Saturday's incident, even at game time on Sunday.

"Obviously, he's been a really good model for us, and he's going through a tough time right now", Zimmer said.

"The only thing we're concerned about with Everson isn't anything to do with football, it's about him getting better", coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday at his regularly scheduled press conference ahead of Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Griffen registered a half-sack in each of the Vikings' first two games.

Griffen recorded half a sack in each of the Vikings' first two games, bringing his career total to 62, which is 17th among active National Football League players.



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