Everson Griffen tried to break into teammate's house, escaped ambulance


The incident involving Everson Griffen on Saturday at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis was the continuation of recent erratic behavior by the Vikings defensive end that, according to the Star Tribune, has him at a mental healthy facility for evaluation and treatment.

Griffen was ruled out ahead of last Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills with a knee injury.

While waiting for the ambulance to take him to the hospital, Griffen reportedly told an officer about people trying to kill him.

NFL Network reported that concerns for Griffen's mental health predate Saturday's incident, which is backed up by the police report: Kim Klawiter, the Vikings' director of security, told police that Griffen hadn't been acting normally lately and it was like he was having a nervous breakdown.

According to a police incident report obtained by ESPN, authorities from the Minneapolis Police Department were called to Hotel Ivy on Saturday because an individual was threatening to shoot someone if he wasn't allowed in his room. Griffen was gone for several days during the week, at one point sending his wife a text message that referenced suicide.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Griffen registered a half-sack in each of the Vikings' first two games.

"That's our brother. We just want to know that he's in a good mental state and we just want to know that he got right", running back Dalvin Cook said.

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

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is under hospital supervision after an incident at a Minneapolis hotel on Saturday.

Tiffany told police Everson was not on medication "but should be". 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 later returned home shirtless in a truck with a man who had seen him at a gas station and given him a ride.

Medics told police some deer had crossed the road in front of the ambulance and Griffen had jumped up and told them he feared being shot. 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.

"The only thing we're concerned about with Everson isn't anything to do with football, it's about him getting better", coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday at his regularly scheduled press conference ahead of Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Griffen has played all nine of his seasons with the Vikings and signed a four-year extension last year.