Everson Griffen (personal) ruled out for Vikings Week 4

Henrietta Brewer
September 27, 2018

Details continue to emerge, but reports state the Griffen has been struggling with mental health and feelings of paranoia for weeks before Saturday's actions prompted additional action.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is being treated at a mental health facility after a series of odd incidents have his family and his team anxious about his well-being. A little later, Griffen left his vehicle at a gas station and rode home with a man who said he didn't know Griffen and was shaking when he met officers waiting outside Griffen's house.

While this is a very scary and concerning situation, we all hope that Griffen gets the proper help he needs, no matter how long it takes. Griffen also jumped out of the ambulance, saying he was in fear of someone shooting him, before ultimately being calmed and taken to the hospital.

The 30-year-old Griffen is married with three sons, the youngest of whom was born about a month early on Thanksgiving Day last year shortly before the Vikings played at Detroit.

Griffen has played all nine of his seasons with the Vikings and signed a four-year extension last year.


Stephen Weatherly will start in his place in Thursday night's 7:20 kickoff against the Rams in Los Angeles.

Asked if he believed the Vikings did enough to ensure Griffen received a psychiatric evaluation, Zimmer said that wasn't his area of expertise. "We are now focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family". "In the five years I've been here, I've always loved Everson, the effort that he puts out, the work that he does".

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

According to a police incident report, authorities from the Minneapolis Police Department were called to Hotel Ivy on Saturday because an individual was threatening to shoot someone if he wasn't allowed in his room.

Monday, a report came out alleging Griffen was arrested for trying to break into a teammate's home, but the Vikings denied that.


The police report says that the suspect paced in the lobby of the hotel, threatened employees, and eventually left the premises.

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

Kim Klawiter, the team's security director, told police on Saturday that Griffen was told "to go get his head straight", according to the report.

Police found Griffen and his wife in front of the house.

According to a report from Josina Anderson of ESPN, Griffen was in a hospital being evaluated after the incident in question.


Quarterback Kirk Cousins addressed Griffen at a press conference. "We just want what's best for Everson and for his family, so that's where our minds and hearts are at".

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