Everson Griffen missed Vikings game after Hotel Ivy incident, alleged gun threats

Vikings fear for star who allegedly threatened hotel shooting

Everson Griffen missed Vikings game after Hotel Ivy incident, alleged gun threats

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.

Though his name was redacted from the Hotel Ivy incident report, sources told Cronin that the individual in question at the hotel is Griffen.

After the Vikings requested a welfare check by Minnetrista police Saturday, Griffen was taken to a hospital and placed on a health and welfare hold, the end of a long day that started with Griffen being turned away from practice.

Pico also is quoted in the report as saying Griffen "has been really struggling for the past few weeks", and "during practice (last) week, Everson had been explosive, screaming and yelling in the workplace". "I just hope for the best for him". According to a police report, someone at the hotel was verbally threatening to shoot someone.

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.

When police met Griffen at his home, they said he was making comments about angels and said he went to Waynes' home because "God made me do it".

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The Minnesota Police Department said Griffen allegedly created a scene nearly every time he entered the hotel. 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. Family members told police they feared for their safety and for Griffen's, detailing what one acquaintance described as a nervous breakdown. Griffen was trying to break in, had jumped through bushes and was shirtless. The driver later told police he "didn't feel safe at all and needed to get out of there", according to the report.

Griffen didn't play in the Vikings' loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said the defensive end was dealing with a personal matter. "He's always been a really, really good model for us and obviously he's going through some tough times now".

Selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Griffen, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who has amassed 144 tackles and 44.5 sacks since becoming a full-time starter in 2014.

The Vikings issued a brief statement through Rick Spielman: "We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard".

"We have a very, very good support program, and our owners do an unbelievable job of giving players all the resources that they need", Zimmer said.

Griffen recorded half a sack in each of the Vikings' first two games, bringing his career total to 62, which is 17th among active National Football League players.

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