Everson Griffen of Minnesota Vikings in hospital following hotel incident

28 September, 2018, 08:14 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • Vikings fear for star who allegedly threatened hotel shooting

More details are emerging about the status of Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen, pointing to what appears to be a serious mental health crisis for the Vikings star.

Griffen was withheld from Sunday's 27-6 loss to the previously winless Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium because of a knee injury and did not attend the game because of what the team called a personal issue.

A police report says a person at the hotel was "verbally threatening to shoot someone" on Saturday afternoon.

Vikings security chief Kim Klawiter told police that Griffen wasn't "acting normal lately" and that "it's nearly like he's having a nervous breakdown".

Griffen's wife notified police that the 30-year-old needs medication for his mental struggles and had not slept in days. Coach Mike Zimmer said Griffen wasn't on the sideline for the game because he was dealing with a "personal matter" but wouldn't elaborate. Asked by police why he went to Waynes' home, Griffen said that "God made me do it" and later agreed to go to the hospital. No gun was ever found, according to the report, and Griffen was allowed by police to leave the hotel on his own accord.

UPDATE (12:52 p.m. ET): Griffen apparently was involved in another odd incident after Saturday's episode at Hotel Ivy.




A few minutes later, Griffen's wife again called police to tell them he was now in a vehicle with a man that Griffen didn't know. Unable to return to Minnesota in time for the birth, Griffen watched via FaceTime from his phone before recording two sacks in that game. Employees called the police when Griffen made threats and at one point laid on the floor. Griffen had gotten in the man's auto at a gas station and left his own vehicle behind. Griffen also jumped out of the ambulance, saying he was in fear of someone shooting him, before ultimately being calmed and taken to the hospital.

"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 Monday after initial news of the Hotel Ivy situation.

This is according to a police incident report obtained by ESPN's Courtney Cronin.

Griffen, who was selected in the fourth round of the National Football League draft by the Vikings in 2010, was arrested twice in three days in Los Angeles in 2011.

"We have a very, very good support program, and our owners do an unbelievable job of giving players all the resources that they need", Zimmer said. He signed a four-year contract extension last summer.

The police incident report notes that no criminal charges are forthcoming.

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