Vikings fear for star who allegedly threatened hotel shooting

Faith Castro
September 27, 2018

NFL Media and ESPN.com reported Tuesday that Griffen is being evaluated at a Minneapolis-area hospital, and ESPN.com quoted an unidentified source saying that he is "getting assistance on personal matters" and that the NFL is "comfortable he has a good support system around him".

It's all in the police report filed by the Minnetrista PD - which paints a sad picture of an National Football League star in a serious mental health crisis.

According to a police report obtained by Paul Walsh of The Star Tribune, Griffen's wife said he left home on September 16 after he awoke suddenly in the middle of the night, which is something he does at times when fighting "demons" in his head.

Cops arriving at the scene let Griffen go without arresting him, and department spokesman John Elder says no gun was seen.

The Vikings had cited a knee problem in ruling Griffen out on the pregame injury report before Sunday's loss to the Bills.

Additionally, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Griffen was "growing increasingly paranoid and feared someone was trying to kill him in the weeks and days" ahead of Saturday's incident.

A few minutes later, Griffen's wife again called police to tell them he was now in a vehicle with a man that Griffen didn't know.

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Vikings' executive director of player development Les Pico told police in Minnetrista, Minn., that the team had sent Griffen and his agent the letter on Thursday, informing him he could not return until receiving an evaluation. Police told Griffen to get back in the ambulance and he did.

Prior to this weekend, Griffen had been "explosive, screaming and yelling" at the team facility to the point where he was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation by the team.

Reached by Kokesh on his phone, Griffen said he had no thoughts about harming himself or anyone else. Griffen then left the hotel and returned to his home on Lake Minnetonka. Later, Tiffany received a call saying that Griffen had showed up at the home of Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes, shirtless.

Police responding to Griffen's home said they found Griffen's wife and children had left. The man had encountered Griffen at a gas station, and delivered him home.

"We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard", Griffen said.

The police incident report notes that no criminal charges are forthcoming. He recently signed a four-year, $58 million extension that included a $2 million signing bonus and a total of $34 million in guaranteed money.

Selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Griffen, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who has amassed 144 tackles and 44.5 sacks since becoming a full-time starter in 2014.

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