Vikings Teammates Talk Everson Griffen While Prepping For Rams

Ben Davidson
September 26, 2018

A 911 call made from the hotel said a man (later identified by KSTP as Griffen) had said, "if someone doesn't let him back into his room he's gonna shoot someone" - though if Griffen had a gun on him, he didn't show it to anyone.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is being treated at a mental health facility after a series of unusual incidents have his family and his team anxious about his well-being. Players available for comment Tuesday said they didn't notice anything different about Griffen the past several weeks and pledged their support.

NFL Media and ESPN.com reported Tuesday that Griffen is being evaluated at a Minneapolis-area hospital, and ESPN.com quoted an unidentified source saying that he is "getting assistance on personal matters" and that the NFL is "comfortable he has a good support system around him". He signed a $58 million, four-year contract extension in 2017 and had a career-high 13 sacks that season.

Stephen Weatherly will start in his place in Thursday night's 7:20 kickoff against the Rams in Los Angeles.

Zimmer said he hasn't talked to Griffen since the Week 2 overtime game at Green Bay.

"The only thing really we're concerned about for Everson isn't anything to do with football". In the five years that I've been here, I've always loved Everson, the effort that he puts out, the work that he does, [we can] count on him in game time and even in practice.

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"So, he's always been a really, really good model for us and obviously he's going through some tough times now". There, he threatened employees had an episode that frightened employees enough to call police, who determined he had not committed a crime.

Griffen did not play in the Vikings' 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and the team said that he is banned from practice until he has a mental health evaluation.

"To clarify, there was no attempted break-in at our home and at no point did my family or I feel unsafe". Family members told police they feared for their safety and for Griffen's, detailing what one acquaintance described as a nervous breakdown. Griffen had gotten in the man's auto at a gas station and left his own vehicle behind.

By then, police had been dispatched there and on the way stopped the man who had been driving Griffin around. 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.

Griffen's erratic behavior continued in the Minnetrista neighborhood where he ordinarily lives with his wife and children.

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