A report from police in Minnetrista shines light on the recent struggles of Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, and the growing concerns of those who care about him. The NFL is aware of Griffen's status and is "comfortable he has a good support system around him", ESPN reported.
Medics told police some deer had crossed the road in front of the ambulance and Griffen had jumped up and told them he feared being shot.
After the Vikings requested a welfare check by Minnetrista police Saturday, Griffen was taken to a hospital and placed on a health and welfare hold, the end of a long day that started with Griffen being turned away from practice.
Griffen, 30, didn't practice Monday, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday he was ruled out of Thurday's game against the Rams.
No weapon was found and Griffen was allowed to leave the property, per police. Griffen then left the hotel and returned to his home on Lake Minnetonka.
After completing the interview and leaving the scene, the Minnetrista officer got a call from Tiffany Griffen saying Everson had entered the home of teammate Trae Waynes.
A KSTP-TV report claims that Griffen was involved in an incident at a Minneapolis hotel on Saturday night.
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Turns out, he went to a nearby gas station where he saw a man he recognized - but did not know well.
On the police report the individual's name was redacted, but Cronin reports it was indeed Griffen who was at the hotel with a firearm when police came to check on him.
"I'm not really going to talk about things we've talked about internally", Zimmer said.
Griffen was arrested twice in three days in Los Angeles during the offseason after his rookie year. "I just hope the best for him. He's always been a really, really good model for us and obviously he's going through some tough times now". "In the five years I've been here, I've always loved Everson, the effort that he puts out, the work that he does".
The Vikings issued a statement late Monday after reports of Griffen's health began percolating.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman issued a statement that read, "We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard". "If we have to bring in experts from some other place, or if he has to go see other people, our owners are outstanding with that, so we're going to do everything possible that we can, not only for Everson, but for everybody on our team, and quite honestly, with their families as well".
Griffen has turned himself into a top pass-rushing end in the National Football League and has been elected to the Pro Bowl for the past three seasons. He signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension in 2017.