Mental health struggles surface for Vikings' Everson Griffen


Mental health struggles surface for Vikings' Everson Griffen

Minneapolis police redacted the person's name from the police report on the incident, but an unidentified source confirmed to the KSTP that it was Griffen who was named in the report.

After an evaluation, Griffen was taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, where he was placed on a police-ordered health and welfare hold. "Again, I just hope the best for him".

Vikings executive director of player development and legal Les Pico told Minnestrista Police that Griffen hadn't been himself for weeks, so the team sent the player and his agent a letter Thursday informing him he wasn't allowed back at the team's facility until he underwent a mental health evaluation, ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports.

Following the incident at the hotel Saturday, Griffen allegedly attempted to break in to the home of teammate Trae Waynes before climbing into a stranger's truck and being driven to his home in Minnetrista, according to an incident report. He asked the man to drive him back to Hotel Ivy, but they wound up back at Griffen's home instead. Pico said he meant to meet with Griffen on Saturday at Hotel Ivy, where Griffen had been staying.

While waiting for the ambulance to take him to the hospital, Griffen reportedly told an officer about people trying to kill him.

A few minutes later, Griffen's wife again called police to tell them he was now in a auto with a man that Griffen didn't know.

"To clarify, there was no attempted break-in at our home and at no point did my family or I feel unsafe", Waynes said. Family members told police they feared for their safety and for Griffen's, detailing what one acquaintance described as a nervous breakdown.

The Vikings further addressed the situation Tuesday in their first time in front of the media since reports of the incident broke.

The Minnesota Vikings explained Everson Griffen's absence from Sunday's game as a "personal matter", but it may have been due to a serious situation.

The three-time Pro Bowl player was picked up and questioned by Minneapolis police after the two incidents, according to The Big Lead.

"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.

"Obviously, he's been a really good model for us, and he's going through a tough time right now", Zimmer said.

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



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