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Vikings' Everson Griffen being evaluated at hospital after weekend incident

Vikings' Everson Griffen being evaluated at hospital after weekend incident

The Vikings went off the rails Sunday, losing in historic fashion to the Buffalo Bills as a 16.5-point favorite.

Everson Griffen is being evaluated at a hospital in the Minneapolis area following an incident over the weekend where police were called to the hotel at which the Minnesota Vikings defensive end has been staying, a league source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Coach Mike Zimmer was asked postgame to address why Griffen was not on the sideline, to which he responded, "He is having a personal matter, and I'm going to leave it at that".

On Saturday, the report said, Griffen caused a disturbance at the Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis, entered a teammate's house briefly before running away, and jumped out of a moving ambulance taking him to a hospital "because he was in fear that someone was going to shoot him". "In the long run, he's a really good kid", he added. The focus now is on Griffen's mental health. He was not arrested and left on his own, and those who reported the incident said they did not see a gun.

Zimmer said he hasn't talked to Griffen since the Week 2 overtime game at Green Bay.

Pico also is quoted in the report as saying Griffen "has been really struggling for the past few weeks", and "during practice (last) week, Everson had been explosive, screaming and yelling in the workplace".

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.




"So, he's always been a really, really good model for us and obviously he's going through some tough times now".

After being ordered off the practice field, Griffen's downward spiral continued over a period of several hours on Saturday, according to police reports and a source. The person's name is redacted in the report, but Raiche has confirmed Griffen as the suspect. The Vikings D/ST is now 27th in numberFire's Week 4 fantasy rankings for a daunting road matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. He still showed up to the team's practice facility Saturday and was sent home. "In the five years I've been here, I've always loved Everson", Zimmer said. According to a police report, someone at the hotel was verbally threatening to shoot someone.

Tiffany told police Everson was not on medication "but should be".

Griffen, 30, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Vikings.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement the team is aware of the incident and is focused on supporting Griffen, who has played for the team since it selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

The Vikings released a statement saying, "We are aware of the situation involving Griffen Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard. We are friends with the Griffen family and we are here to support them in any way possible during these trying times", he said.


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