Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Vikings concerned about DE Everson Griffen's well-being

Vikings concerned about DE Everson Griffen's well-being

The police report and dispatch audio indicates he made the threat after staff didn't allow him to enter his room.

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".

Hospitalized on Saturday evening, Griffen will be away from the team for the foreseeable future.

The Vikings have not identified specifics of any ailment or mental disorder Griffen has or is being treated for at this time, only saying he's going through "a tough time". He told police that "Everson was acting insane and he was risky", according to a report filed Saturday by Minnetrista police officer Justin Thompson.

On Saturday afternoon, Griffen ended up at the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis where he reportedly wanted to meet with Leslie Pico, the Vikings player development director.

When police met Griffen at his home, they said he was making comments about angels and said he went to Waynes' home because "God made me do it".

Elder did not confirm that Griffen was the individual cited in the report.

"To clarify, there was no attempted break-in at our home and at no point did my family or I feel unsafe", Waynes said.

A variety of things have been reported, but we'll stay away from that because many of those reports have been proven wrong, and out of respect for Griffen and his family.

Soon after, Griffen got into a stranger's vehicle at a gas station near Highway 7 and Christimas Lake Road, police say. The reporting officer placed a health and welfare hold on Griffen "based upon his actions and information I had acquired about him".

He told officials "he was in fear that someone was going to shoot him". Griffen was trying to break in, had jumped through bushes and was shirtless.

A league source told ESPN's Josina Anderson that Griffen is "getting assistance on personal matters" and that the league is "comfortable he has a good support system around him".

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

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.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement Monday night that the team is "focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family".

"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. "In the long run, he's a really good kid".

Griffen, 30, was withheld from Sunday's 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium because of a knee injury, and did not attend the game for personal reasons, the team said.

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