DE Griffen on leave from Vikings; team worried


After a scary series of incidents on Saturday, Griffen remained away from the team on Tuesday and out of action indefinitely. He claimed to know the person who was filling up gas in his truck, though the man later told police he did not know Griffen. Pico told police that upon meeting Griffen at the hotel, the defensive end forgot why he wanted to speak to him and did not want to talk to him anymore.

The police met Griffen at his home shortly after he was dropped off, where he agreed to go to the hospital. He said he was uncertain whether the team offered additional resources to Griffen beyond demanding an evaluation before he returns to the team facility.

The incident report states that hotel staff believed Griffen was possibly under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. He was subsequently placed in an ambulance for transport to Fairview Southdale hospital in Edina.

After it was reported that he threatened to shoot and potentially kill employees at the Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis and that he tried to break into the home of teammate Trae Waynes, his wife contacted the authorities, who then took him to the facility.

Police learned from Vikings player development director Les Pico that Griffen "has been really struggling for the past few weeks", the police reports read. He later boarded the ambulance and rode the rest of the way to Fairview with a police escort.

On Tuesday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media and discussed his relationship with Griffen. "In the long run, he's a really good kid".

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A KSTP-TV report claims that Griffen was involved in an incident at a Minneapolis hotel on Saturday night.

Though his name was redacted from the incident report, sources told ESPN's Courtney Cronin that the individual in question is Griffen, the Vikings' ninth-year defensive end.

"It's about him getting better". The effort that he puts out, the work that he does, the chance to count on him at game and even in practice.

"Obviously, he's been a really good model for us, and he's going through a tough time right now", Zimmer said. "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". Multiple professional athletes live in the hotel.

The situation began early Saturday morning when a Vikings staffer called cops to report the 3-time Pro Bowler was acting bizarrely and the team feared he could either hurt himself or others. He signed a $58 million, four-year contract extension in 2017 and had a career-high 13 sacks that season.