Everson Griffen being evaluated at hospital as Minnesota Vikings concerned about well-being

Everson Griffen being evaluated at hospital as Minnesota Vikings concerned about well-being

Everson Griffen being evaluated at hospital as Minnesota Vikings concerned about well-being

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.

Though his name was redacted from the incident report, sources told ESPN's Courtney Cronin that the individual in question is Griffen, the Vikings' ninth-year defensive end. "It's about him getting better".

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. He was eventually transported by ambulance to an area hospital for his well-being.

The nine-year veteran is now being evaluated and treated at a mental health facility after a number of incidents Saturday involving police and medical personnel, league sources told Paul Walsh of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

According to the police report, Minneapolis Police Department responded to an incident at Hotel Ivy in the city on Saturday afternoon because of someone who was verbally threatening to shoot hotel staff members if he wasn't let into his room.

NFL Media, which cited unidentified sources, reported that Griffen "has been dealing for weeks with a serious, personal health-related issue", adding that concerns about Griffen's mental health were ongoing before Saturday's reported incident at Hotel Ivy.

Griffen was ruled out ahead of last Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills with a knee injury.

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The Minnetrista police report details the events that led up to Griffen's hospitalization. The reporting officer placed a health and welfare hold on Griffen "based upon his actions and information I had acquired about him". Later, Tiffany received a call saying that Griffen had showed up at the home of Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes, shirtless. Pico said he meant to meet with Griffen on Saturday at Hotel Ivy, where Griffen had been staying.

"We have a very, very good support program".

The 30-year-old Griffen is a three-time Pro Bowl pick. He claimed to know the person who was filling up gas in his truck, though the man later told police he did not know Griffen.

He told officials "he was in fear that someone was going to shoot him". He was arrested twice as a rookie in 2011, once for public intoxication and soon after for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop.

"We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard", Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement Monday night.

"The only thing we really are concerned about for Everson isn't anything to do with football".

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