The Minnesota Vikings said defensive end Everson Griffen was receiving care and had left his house late Wednesday afternoon, after the Pro Bowler called law enforcement early that morning, claiming someone was in his residence and trying to kill him.
The Vikings released a statement saying that Everson Griffen was notified by law enforcement agencies and is receiving the proper care. The Orono Police Department, Carver County Sheriff’s Offices and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Offices were all notified by the Vikings. They responded quickly and showed their dedication to making sure the situation resolved peacefully. “Our focus is on Everson’s safety and health, and the provision of adequate resources for his family.”
The Minnetrista Public Safety Department said it received a 911 call from Griffen at 3 a.m., saying a person was inside his home and he needed help from law enforcement. Griffin relayed to the 911 dispatcher he had fired a weapon and no one inside the house was injured.
Griffen shared an Instagram photo that was deleted later. He said that Griffen was living in his home, and that someone “was trying to pop him.” He described his gun by adding that it was registered to himself and that he bought all the bullets in town.
The Vikings said Wednesday they sent mental health professionals from the team to Griffen’s home, and that they were working with police.
Griffen (33), took time off from Minnesota to seek treatment for his mental health problems. He spent the first 10 seasons of his NFL career with the Vikings, then split time between the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys in 2020 before signing a deal with Minnesota after training camp. The four-time Pro Bowler has 85.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in his career.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked during his news conference Wednesday whether Griffen would play Sunday against the 49ers. “No, that’s really not our concern right now. It’s really about him,” he said.
Contributing to The Associated Press