Police Report Details Vikings Concern for Everson Griffen

Randy Kelley
September 28, 2018

On Sept. 20, the Vikings sent Griffen and his agent a letter telling their star defensive end he could not return to the team until he had a mental health evaluation.

KSTP reports Griffen, 30, was confronted by Minneapolis police officers on Saturday, following an alarming incident at the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis. Details continue to emerge, but reports state the Griffen has been struggling with mental health and feelings of paranoia for weeks before Saturday's actions prompted additional action.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman issued a statement that read, "We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard".

"The only thing that we're concerned about for Everson isn't anything do with football, it's about him getting better", Zimmer reflected.

Griffen's wife, told police he was "fighting with demons in his head" and had recently told her, "I just want help", police said.

Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said Ivy Hotel staff did not lodge a formal complaint, that there was no property damage reported and that officers didn't file a report on the incident.

He was not at U.S. Bank Stadium for the game and will not travel to Los Angeles with the team tonight in preparation for Thursday's game against the Rams.

The situation began early Saturday morning when a Vikings staffer called cops to report the 3-time Pro Bowler was acting bizarrely and the team feared he could either hurt himself or others.

Because they also know he has stood the test of time, and they also know what the coach knows about Everson Griffen.

Monday, a report came out alleging Griffen was arrested for trying to break into a teammate's home, but the Vikings denied that.

After interviewing Griffen and his wife, police requested an ambulance.

In this August 11 photo, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in Denver. He told police that "Everson was acting insane and he was risky", according to a report filed Saturday by Minnetrista police officer Justin Thompson.

Griffen didn't play Sunday in the Vikings' Week 3 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Griffen later returned home shirtless in a truck with a man who had seen him at a gas station and given him a ride. "He's always been a really, really good model for us and obviously he's going through some tough times now".

Griffen has played all nine of his seasons with the Vikings and signed a four-year extension last year. He agreed to be taken for mental health treatment, but the report says he fled the ambulance and later agreed to continue the trip with a police escort.

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