According to Minnesota Vikings and Minnetrista, Minn., Police, there has been an ongoing mental health situation in defensive Everson Griffen’s home since early Wednesday morning.
It started with a disturbing Instagram story from Griffen early on Wednesday morning. He held a gun with big eyes and said that people were trying to kill him. He also posted some text messages where he repeatedly asks his agent for help because people are trying to kill him. All posts have been deleted.
Then, just after 3 in the morning, according to a Minnetrista police officer news release, Griffen called the authorities and said he had fired a weapon into the house against an intruder and no one was injured. The police reacted and could not find anyone. Since around seven in the morning, there have been police and mental health personnel from the Vikings at Griffen’s home. The Vikings confirmed that members of the organization are at his home with the police. When this article was published, there was no update on whether Griffen has left his home or not.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer spoke in the media. He was asked if Griffen was safe and replied, “I do not know.“
Dalvin Cook said, “That’s my brother. I just want him to feel good.”
Griffen was originally drafted by the Vikings in 2010. He spent 10 seasons with them, made four Pro Bowls and recorded double-digit sums three times. He has played for the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys in the 2020 season before returning to the Vikings for 2021. He has played in nine of the Vikings’ 10 games, recorded five sacks, 10 quarterback hits and one forced fumble.
Griffen had a public battle with mental health in 2018 which resulted in Vikings prohibition him from the training facility and missed five games. During that time, he was transported by ambulance to a mental health facility.
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