Vikings GM Rick Spielman issues statement on Everson Griffen

Ben Davidson
September 28, 2018

Later, police say Griffen went to a teammate's house.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen reportedly threatened to shoot up a hotel and then broke into a teammate's home during the weekend, a pair of incidents that led to his brief detention and a hospital evaluation.

Police spokesperson John Elder said 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 or positively ID the subject of the complaint. Coach Mike Zimmer was asked postgame to address why Griffen was not on the sideline, to which he responded, "He is having a personal matter and I'm going to leave it at that". The Minneapolis Police Department redacted that person's name from the report, but a source confirmed that it was indeed Griffen named in the report.

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"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 (via KSTP).

Griffen did not attend practice on Monday, either, and was listed on the Vikings' injury report as "knee/not injury related". "We are now focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family", Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. Unable to return to Minnesota in time for the birth, Griffen watched via FaceTime from his phone before recording two sacks in that game. Griffen registered a half-sack in each of Minnesota's first two games to bring his career total to 62, which is 17th among active National Football League players.

This is Griffen's ninth season with the Vikings. He recorded 21 tackles and had 13 sacks last season.

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