Police Report: Minnesota Vikings Everson Griffen 'Not Acting Normally,' Kicked out of Practice, Hospitalized

September 25, 2018 05:14 PM

UPDATE: Police Report Details Vikings Concern for Everson Griffen


Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen's trouble began days before the incident at the Hotel Ivy on Saturday, when team officials noticed he was "not acting normally," almost like he was "having a nervous breakdown," according to a report classified as a "mental health" incident from the Minnetrista Police Department. 

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UPDATE: Vikings Coach Zimmer says Griffen Won't Play with Team on Thursday; 'I'm Just Hoping for the Best'

The report states the team kicked Griffen out of practice on Saturday, which led to the threats and reported bizarre behavior at Hotel Ivy where he threatened to shoot someone.

Following that incident, team officials contacted police in Minnetrista, where Griffen resides, to check on his wife and kids and notify officers of what took place at Hotel Ivy involving Griffen.

RELATED: Source: Viking Everson Griffen Involved in Incident at Minneapolis Hotel, Team Concerned About Well-Being

After making contact with the wife, the team learned Griffen was not acting normal, hadn't slept for days and had expressed thoughts of harming himself, according to the police report.

The report states Vikings Player Development Director Leslie Pico said Everson "has been really struggling for the past few weeks."

Pico told police "during practice this past week Everson had been explosive, screaming and yelling in the workplace," according to the report.

Pico also told police Vikings management had sent a letter to Everson and his agent on Thursday stating he would not be allowed back without a mental health evaluation, the report states.

Griffen was taken to the hospital per his request, the report states. 

In a statement Monday, Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said, "We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard. We are currently focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family."

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