Everson Griffen barred from Minnesota Vikings, ordered to undergo mental health evaluation

Vikings fear for star who allegedly threatened hotel shooting

According to a Minnetrista, Minnesota, police incident report, Les Pico, the Vikings' executive director of player development, told police that Griffen had been "explosive, screaming and yelling" at the team facility and that he had been struggling in recent weeks. Coach Mike Zimmer said Griffen wasn't on the sideline for the game because he was dealing with a "personal matter" but wouldn't elaborate. Employees told police that despite his warnings of armed violence, Griffen did not display a gun.

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.

A report made public Tuesday by Minnetrista police details how the head of Vikings security asked authorities to check on Griffen's wife and children following an incident allegedly involving Griffen at the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis just hours before the team played the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium. At one point, the report states staff members were moved to the back of the office while Griffen "paced around the lobby".

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

Sources told Anderson that a number of Vikings players and coaches were not aware of Saturday's incident, even at game time on Sunday.

Some of the details provided by Griffen's wife are extremely freaky and concerning. Within minutes, Griffen's wife notified police that he was in a pickup truck with someone who didn't know what to do with him.

Griffen then drove to the Lake Minnetonka area and reportedly tried to enter the home of Trae Waynes, a teammate, according to the Minnetrista police report. Zimmer made it clear that Griffen is missed both on the field and in the locker room, but said there are more important things to be anxious about.

Griffen eventually left Hotel Ivy and was never arrested.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement Monday night that the team is "focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family". "We are now focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family".

The situation began early Saturday morning when a Vikings staffer called cops to report the 3-time Pro Bowler was acting bizarrely and the team feared he could either hurt himself or others.

Griffen, who was selected in the fourth round of the National Football League draft by the Vikings in 2010, was arrested twice in three days in Los Angeles in 2011. He signed a four-year contract extension last summer.

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

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