Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Vikings DE Griffen to remain away from team

The police report released Tuesday details ongoing struggles Griffen had been dealing with weeks before the incident at the Hotel Ivy on Saturday Vikings fear for star who allegedly threatened hotel shooting
Isabel Fisher | 28 September, 2018, 08:14

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.

While this is a very scary and concerning situation, we all hope that Griffen gets the proper help he needs, no matter how long it takes.

A Vikings staffer called Minnetrista police to check up on Griffen's family at the home, the report said.

Pico also is quoted in the report as saying Griffen "has been really struggling for the past few weeks", and "during practice (last) week, Everson had been explosive, screaming and yelling in the workplace".

Griffen was reportedly kicked out of the Vikings' practice on Saturday, according to a report from the Minnetrista Police Department that was obtained by KSTP-TV. ESPN reported that though the name on the report is redacted, Griffen is the individual in question. No gun was ever found, according to the report, and Griffen was allowed by police to leave the hotel on his own accord.

Griffen, 30, was arrested twice after his rookie season, the first incident coming January 28, 2011, when he was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of public intoxication.

The Vikings had cited a knee problem in ruling Griffen out on the pregame injury report before Sunday's loss to the Bills. Within minutes, Griffen's wife notified police that he was in a pickup truck with someone who didn't know what to do with him.


"Everson made several comments about people trying to kill him, referenced 777 and God several times. - went to a peer's house, opened door and left".

The Minnesota Police Department said Griffen allegedly created a scene nearly every time he entered the hotel. He asked the man to drive him back to Hotel Ivy, but they wound up back at Griffen's home instead.

Medics told police some deer had crossed the road in front of the ambulance and Griffen had jumped up and told them he feared being shot. He was arrested days later for allegedly assaulting an officer during a traffic stop.

"The only thing we're really concerned about for Everson isn't anything to do with football", Zimmer said Tuesday.

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

Griffen has played all nine of his seasons with the Vikings and signed a four-year extension last year.

The 30-year-old Griffen is married with three sons, the youngest of whom was born about a month early on Thanksgiving Day last year shortly before the Vikings played at Detroit.

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