Everson Griffen being evaluated for 'serious' mental health issue

Everson Griffen being evaluated for 'serious' mental health issue

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.

"Our owners do an unbelievable job of giving these players all the resources that they need". And that if they have to bring in experts from other places, they will do everything they possibly can to help Everson Griffen and his family.

A detailed report released Tuesday by the Minnetrista Police Department shows Griffen was showing signs of being paranoid.

According to Deadspin, which posted a copy of the Minnetrista, Minn., police report detailing the incident, Griffen leapt out of an ambulance on his way to the hospital for the evaluation. 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.

The report describes a conversation with Griffen's wife, who said, "He hasn't slept in days and thinks he is delusional because of the lack of sleep".

The Minnetrista police report said members of the Vikings organization felt Griffen was acting out of anger and erratically. At a meeting at a nearby park, Tiffany Griffen told police that she'd been struggling with her husband's mental state, that he had been talking irrationally, leaving the house unexpectedly and may have made some suicidal remarks by text message earlier in September.

"We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard", Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Monday night in a statement distributed by the team.

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No weapon was found and Griffen was allowed to leave the property, per police.

Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said Ivy 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.

Though his name was redacted from the Hotel Ivy incident report, sources told Cronin that the individual in question at the hotel is Griffen. The driver soon after contacted Griffen's wife and drove him home.

Tiffany told police Everson was not on medication "but should be". Griffen then left the hotel and returned to his home on Lake Minnetonka. WCCO's Angela Davis tells us more.

Everson was eventually transported to the hospital where he is still being treated. Griffen also jumped out of the ambulance, saying he was in fear of someone shooting him, before ultimately being calmed and taken to the hospital. Pico called Griffen paranoid and prone to repeating himself. He missed the game due to the arrest and medical evaluation.

Another front office staffer told police that Griffen was informed on Thursday that he wasn't allowed back to the team until he underwent a mental health evaluation.

"Quite honestly, I don't know".

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