Everson Griffen is being evaluated at a hospital in the Minneapolis area following an incident over the weekend where police were called to the hotel at which the Minnesota Vikings defensive end has been staying, a league source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.
On the way to the hospital, however, Griffen got out of the ambulance and police found him walking along County Road 44 waving his hands in the air.
On the police report the individual's name was redacted, but Cronin reports it was indeed Griffen who was at the hotel with a firearm when police came to check on him. He told police that "Everson was acting insane and he was unsafe", according to a report filed Saturday by Minnetrista police officer Justin Thompson.
Griffen was withheld from Sunday's 27-6 loss to the previously winless Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium because of a knee injury and did not attend the game because of what the team called a personal issue.
Head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed at a Tuesday press conference that the Vikings ordered Griffen to undergo a mental evaluation in a letter sent to Griffen and his agent. 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. "Pico told an officer that ".at no time did Everson make any comments about wanting to hurt himself or others", the report says.
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".
Turns out, he went to a nearby gas station where he saw a man he recognized - but did not know well.
An emergency dispatcher said Griffen allegedly told hotel staff he was going to shoot somebody if they wouldn't let him in his room.
"The only thing we're concerned about with Everson isn't anything to do with football, it's about him getting better", Zimmer said. The driver later told police he "didn't feel safe at all and needed to get out of there", according to the report.
Griffen signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension with the Vikings in 2017.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Griffen, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who has amassed 144 tackles and 44.5 sacks since becoming a full-time starter in 2014.
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