Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Vikings Concerned About Well-Being Of DE Griffen, Who Is On Leave

Vikings Concerned About Well-Being Of DE Griffen, Who Is On Leave

Head coach Mike Zimmer said after the game Griffen was out due to a "personal matter". Pico said during practice in the past week, Everson "has been explosive, screaming and yelling in the workplace".

Griffen didn't play Sunday in the Vikings' Week 3 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Griffen had been told by the team not to attend Saturday's practice.

Some of the details provided by Griffen's wife are extremely weird and concerning.

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. Pico called Griffen paranoid and prone to repeating himself.

A short time later, Tiffany told police she got a call from the fiancee of Everson's teammate, Trae Waynes, who said Everson "broke into their home and jumped through some bushes" while not wearing a shirt. Griffen had gotten in the man's auto at a gas station and left his own vehicle behind. 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.

Police met Griffen outside late Saturday afternoon, and he was making comments about "777" - having to do with angels - and that he went to Waynes' home because "God made me do it".

Griffen returned to the home and briefly spoke with officers over the phone before hanging up and leaving the house again, the report said.


While waiting for the ambulance to take him to the hospital, Griffen reportedly told an officer about people trying to kill him. Police arrived and Griffen agreed to return to the ambulance and proceed to the hospital, where he remains.

On the way to the hospital, however, Griffen got out of the ambulance and police found him walking along County Road 44 waving his hands in the air. "They requested Griffen to lay down on the stretcher which he refused to do". The first time was for public intoxication and the second was for driving with an invalid license.

"The only thing we're really concerned about for Everson isn't anything to do with football", Zimmer said Tuesday.

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. He signed a four-year contract extension last summer. "It's about him getting better", Zimmer said.

"So, he's always been a really, really good model for us and obviously he's going through some tough times now". "In the five years I've been here, I've always loved Everson, the effort that he puts out, the work that he does".

The Minnetrista Incident Report states there are no criminal charges forthcoming against Griffen since no crime was committed.

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