Everson Griffen barred from Minnesota Vikings, ordered to undergo mental health evaluation

Posted September 28, 2018

Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Everson Griffen (personal) will not play Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams, head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed.

On Saturday, Griffen, 30, was taken to a local hospital in protective custody for an evaluation following incidents at the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis and in Minnetrista.

NFL Media and ESPN.com reported Tuesday that Griffen is being evaluated at a Minneapolis-area hospital, and ESPN.com quoted an unidentified source saying that he is "getting assistance on personal matters" and that the NFL is "comfortable he has a good support system around him". Authorities later heard from Vikings officials that he'd been ordered away from the team pending a mental health evaluation.

Mike Zimmer was predictably tight-lipped about the situation, but some concerning details surrounding Griffen's absence have begun to emerge, involving a freaky incident with a gun at a Minneapolis hotel.

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The source reiterated that Griffen is "getting assistance on personal matters" and that the National Football League is "comfortable he has a good support system around him".

Police reports state that a person at Hotel Ivy called in to report that a man was threatening to "shoot up" the hotel.

Kokesh spoke with Vikings executive director of player development Les Pico, who said Griffen had been exhibiting paranoid behavior and irrational and rapid speech but did not believe he was at risk for harming himself or others.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Waynes denied that Griffen attempted to break in to his home.

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No weapon was found and Griffen was allowed to leave the property, per police. He told police that "Everson was acting insane and he was risky", according to a report filed Saturday by Minnetrista police officer Justin Thompson.

NFC defensive end Everson Griffen of the Minnesota Vikings (97) reacts during the second half of the 2017 Pro Bowl against the AFC at Camping World Stadium. The chance to count on him in game time.

Griffen was held out because of a knee injury Sunday when the Vikings lost to the Buffalo Bills, but he was in no condition to play after a scary series of incidents Saturday. Griffen had gotten in the man's auto at a gas station and left his own vehicle behind.

"Obviously, he's been a really good model for us, and he's going through a tough time right now", Zimmer said. He recently signed a four-year, $58 million extension that included a $2 million signing bonus and a total of $34 million in guaranteed money.

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The police incident report notes that no criminal charges are forthcoming.