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Vikings ‘concerned’ after Pro Bowler Everson Griffen involved in police incident

28 September 2018

The Vikings released the following statement from GM Rick Spielman: "We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard".

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen reportedly was undergoing a mental-health check at a Minneapolis-area hospital on Monday. We'll see what comes of the situation and how it affects his availability for IDP lineups.

Police spokesperson John Elder said hotel staff did not lodge a formal complaint, that there was no property damage reported and that officers didn't file a report on the incident or positively ID the subject of the complaint.

"At one point, the report said the caller stated that Griffen threatened to assault staff members and was laying on the lobby floor".

Police had originally redacted that person's name from their report, but it's now known to be Griffen.

Griffen agreed to leave the hotel after police arrived and no weapon was ever brandished, according to multiple reports. After the game, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that he was dealing with a personal matter.

The Vikings themselves have since released a statement indicating that they're concerned about the incident in question and anxious about what is being considered a serious personal health-related issue. "We are now focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family", Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement.

Griffen was ruled out for Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills after not practicing last week because of a knee injury.

Griffen, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowler. He's recorded one sack this season.

He was detained by police later in Hennepin County after attempting to break-in to another Vikings player's home.

Vikings ‘concerned’ after Pro Bowler Everson Griffen involved in police incident