Vikings DE Everson Griffen receiving treatment after 911 call prompted response
Thursday morning, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is getting treatment after being taken to a health care facility Wednesday.
Griffen initially refused to come out of his Minnetrista home Wednesday, and posts to his social media prompted a response from law enforcement.
Law enforcement told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the 11-hour situation ended peacefully.
The team’s general manager, Rick Spielman, and the Vikings mental health team went to Griffen’s house as soon as they found out that Griffen was struggling.
"We’re very…feel very, very blessed that we got the result we did today to get him the help that he needs," Spielman said. "Our number one concern is Everson, Tiffany and his family. How much we love them. And how much they are a part of this family."
Police say Griffen was at his home when he called 911 at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, saying someone was inside his home.
Video showing Griffen with a pistol in his hand was posted to his social media. In other posts, Griffen asked for help, saying people were trying to kill him.
When law enforcement responded, they said they were unable to find an intruder. Griffen eventually came out of his house.
Griffen returned to the Vikings this season after spending last year playing for Dallas and Detroit.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is told one reason he came back to Minnesota was because of the mental health services the Vikings provided.
"We’re only concerned about his well-being," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. "He’s been with us a long time, good guy, works hard."
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is also told Griffen’s wife and family left their home sometime overnight Tuesday into Wednesday and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is told they are all safe.
Minnetrista police and Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies are continuing to investigate the incident.