Griffen not allowed back with Vikings until he undergoes mental health evaluation

Griffen not allowed back with Vikings until he undergoes mental health evaluation

A Vikings staffer called Minnetrista police to check up on Griffen's family at the home, the report said.

Pico also is quoted in the report as saying Griffen "has been really struggling for the past few weeks", and "during practice (last) week, Everson had been explosive, screaming and yelling in the workplace". Family members told police they feared for their safety and for Griffen's, detailing what one acquaintance described as a nervous breakdown.

That letter was sent two days before an alleged incident involving Griffen at a Minneapolis hotel. The source indicated that both sides were in agreement that Griffen would stay away from the facility until he was in a better mental state.

Vikings director of security Kim Klawiter requested a welfare check for Griffen's wife, Tiffany, and their three children after a recent pattern of erratic and disruptive behavior at team headquarters had caused concern. Additionally, Klawiter told police that the organization was anxious that Griffen could hurt himself, as well as his wife and children, according to the report.

The Star-Tribune reports that Griffen's wife said her husband "awoke in the middle of the night on September 16 and left the home" and that Griffen does that "at times when he is fighting "demons" in his head". Griffen told them he was afraid "someone was going to shoot him".

According to a separate incident report obtained earlier Tuesday by ESPN, authorities from the Minneapolis Police Department were called Saturday to Hotel Ivy because an individual was threatening to shoot someone if he wasn't allowed in his room. ESPN reported that though the name on the report is redacted, Griffen is the individual in question.

"To clarify, there was no attempted break-in at our home and at no point did my family or I feel unsafe. We are now focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family". Asked by police why he went to Waynes' home, Griffen said that "God made me do it" and later agreed to go to the hospital.

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After being ordered off the practice field, Griffen's downward spiral continued over a period of several hours on Saturday, according to police reports and a source.

Police said they tracked the player from a hotel to another player's home, and that the player was then remanded to a hospital for "evaluation", according to KSTP-TV. "We know he's strong and he's going to push through it, and we just want him to know that we've got his back".

The Vikings further addressed the situation Tuesday in their first time in front of the media since reports of the incident broke.

Griffen, 30, didn't practice Monday, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday he was ruled out of Thurday's game against the Rams.

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.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement the team is aware of the incident and is focused on supporting Griffen, who has played for the team since it selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

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