Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen agreed voluntarily to be hospitalized following a series of incidents over the weekend that have teammates and family concerned for his mental health, according to a Minnetrista police report obtained by The Athletic. "It's about him getting better".
Police said 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. Details continue to emerge, but reports state the Griffen has been struggling with mental health and feelings of paranoia for weeks before Saturday's actions prompted additional action.
The nine-year veteran is now being evaluated and treated at a mental health facility after a number of incidents Saturday involving police and medical personnel, league sources told Paul Walsh of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
According to a police report obtained by Paul Walsh of The Star Tribune, Griffen's wife said he left home on September 16 after he awoke suddenly in the middle of the night, which is something he does at times when fighting "demons" in his head.
Although the name of the person was redacted in the police report, multiple reports have confirmed that the individual was Griffen.
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KSTP, citing the police report, indicated that hotel staffers moved to the back of the office as a man paced in the lobby.
Zimmer said the Vikings will rely on their support system in place but added ownership has approved Griffen working with outside experts if necessary. But around 6 p.m., police received a call because the paramedics said Griffen had exited the ambulance transporting him, fearing someone was "going to shoot him". Pico said he meant to meet with Griffen on Saturday at Hotel Ivy, where Griffen had been staying.
A three-time Pro Bowl pick, Griffen is in his ninth year in the NFL. "I told him as he knew, the Vikings also wanted a mental health evaluation done". He was arrested twice as a rookie in 2011, once for public intoxication and soon after for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop.
"Yeah, the only thing we're really concerned about for Everson isn't really anything to do with football", Zimmer said Tuesday.
In a statement Monday evening, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said the team is "currently focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family". He signed a $58 million, four-year contract extension in 2017 and had a career-high 13 sacks that season.