- According to a report from KSTP, Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen was involved in an incident at a hotel in Minneapolis on Saturday.
Allegedly, someone was threatening gun violence against a person or persons at Hotel Ivy Saturday afternoon. After the individual told staffers that he would shoot someone if he was not let into his room, staff moved to the back of an office while the perpetrator remained in the lobby. Griffen’s name was redacted in the police report, but a source told KSTP that he was in fact the man implicated.
A call put in to dispatch said that Griffen at one point laid on the floor. He apparently left on his own accord, was never arrested and officers found no evidence of a gun.
Fox 9 reported further that Griffen was detained by police but never officially booked. They also said the Griffen is currently undergoing a mental health evaluation at a Twin Cities hospital. Originally, they reported that Griffen was arrested after attempting to break into a teammate’s home, but that report has since been called erroneous and they have redacted it from their story.
Griffen did not attend Sunday’s game against the Bills. He was ruled out with a knee injury prior to Sunday, but never arrived at the stadium on game day. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he was dealing with a “personal matter.”
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman released the following statement regarding the incident:
“We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard. We are currently focused on Everson’s well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family.”
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