Vikings, Law Enforcement, Mental Health Professionals Respond To Everson Griffen’s Home After Social Media Post

FILE - Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) signals teammates during the first...
FILE - Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) signals teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Minneapolis, in this Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, file photo. The Minnesota Vikings are bringing back defensive end Everson Griffen, now the fourth player on defense to rejoin the team this year after time away with another team.(AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 11:56 AM CST
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MINNETRISTA, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings say team representatives and mental health professionals are at Everson Griffen’s home Wednesday, caring for the defensive end.

Earlier in the day, a video was posted to Griffen’s Instagram account in which Griffen said someone was trying to kill him in his home.

Griffen can be seen holding what appears to be a gun in the video, which he says is registered to him.

“Our only concern at this time is the safety and well-being of Everson and his family,” the Vikings said in a statement. “We will have further comment at the appropriate time.”

Images also posted to Griffen’s account appear to show him asking for help and appear to be an exchange between himself and his agent. In one image, in simple white text on a gradient background, Griffen appears to write, “I need help people trying to kill me. At my own house.”

The videos and messages have since been deleted from Griffen’s verified account, but have been widely recorded and re-shared on social media.

The Minnetrista Police Department said multiple agencies responded to Griffen’s home Wednesday morning after he called 911 to report an intruder. He told police he fired a weapon, but no one was hurt.

Police said they were “unable to locate an intruder,” and that “law enforcement and psychologists from the Minnesota Vikings have been in on-going communication with Griffen who has refused to come out of his residence” since 7 a.m.

Police said they are “confident” Griffen is alone in the home and are working with him “to resolve the situation.”

During a Wednesday morning press conference, head coach Mike Zimmer briefly addressed the situation.

“The only thing I can comment on it is about, for his health and well-being, and for his family,” Zimmer said.

When asked about Griffen’s status for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, Zimmer said it’s not the team’s concern right now.

“That’s really not our concern right now, it’s really about him,” Zimmer said.

Zimmer said that general manager Rick Spielman will address the situation later Wednesday.

Griffen, who returned to the Vikings this season after a year in Dallas and Detroit, took time away from the team in 2018 after an incident at the Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis.

In that incident witnesses said Griffen was acting paranoid and threatening to assault the staff. At the time, the Vikings’ security director told police Griffen had “not been acting normal” and “it’s almost like he is having a nervous breakdown.” His wife told police at the time “he hasn’t slept in days” and “he is delusional because of the lack of sleep.”

When Griffen stepped away from the team in 2018, he said in a statement he was “focused on resolving personal issues with which I have been dealing for a long time.”

Upon his return, he said, “I had a lot of time to reflect on my life and where I want to go and the decisions I made. I just want to get better with some of the decisions that I made and just improve on them.”

The Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has a list of resources for those affected by mental illness. Click here to access those resources. Also, the National Suicide Prevention lifeline is available at any time at the number below.

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