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

September 25, 2018 12:05 PM

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

The Minnesota Vikings say they are concerned about the well-being of one of their star players after hearing he was involved in an incident this weekend.     


Sources confirmed to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that defensive end Everson Griffen was involved in an incident at the Hotel Ivy on Saturday.

According to police records, a person at Hotel Ivy was verbally threatening to shoot someone in the middle of the day on Saturday.

The Minneapolis Police Department redacted that person's name from the report, but a source confirmed that it was indeed Griffen named in the report.

According to the report, at one point staff members moved to the back of the office while Griffen paced around in the lobby.

Police dispatch audio archived online includes a dispatcher saying that the suspect said to the staff that if someone wouldn't let him in his room that he was going to shoot someone. Police said no gun was ever seen. 

At one point, the report said the caller stated that Griffen threatened to assault staff members and was laying on the lobby floor.

Griffen was never arrested, according to police 

Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said the man left on his own accord and the caller was no longer cooperative.

Elder said the situation did not warrant any further investigation and the officers called to the scene told him they never saw a gun.

In a statement, 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."

This is Griffen's ninth season with the Vikings. 

He did not play in Sunday's loss against the Buffalo Bills. After the game, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that he was dealing with a personal matter.


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