Vikings DE Everson Griffen remains out with mental health trouble

Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen

Head coach Mike Zimmer referred to Spielman's statement before saying on Tuesday, "The only thing I'm really concerned about has nothing to do with football".

Officer Michael Kokesh met with Griffen's wife, who told him that Griffen got up in the middle of the night on September 16 and left the house, which he has done before in attempt to deal with "demons in his head", according to a police report. Griffen had been told by the team not to attend Saturday's practice.

Zimmer was asked Tuesday whether the team could have done anything to make sure Griffen had undergone a mental health evaluation prior to Saturday. Added Pico: "Everson has paranoia and has been repeating himself lately". Pico said he meant to meet with Griffen on Saturday at Hotel Ivy, where Griffen had been staying.

After Griffen agreed to the hospital visit, officers summoned by paramedics after the stop for the deer found him walking on the side of a county road.

Griffen didn't play Sunday in the Vikings' Week 3 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Griffen is out indefinitely for the time being.

Griffen's erratic behavior continued in the Minnetrista neighborhood where he ordinarily lives with his wife and children. Griffen's wife later contacted police to inform them Griffen said he was at Vikings teammate Trae Waynes' home and was trying to break in.

A few minutes later, Griffen's wife again called police to tell them he was now in a auto with a man that Griffen didn't know.

His wife called police after he sped away from their home with another person while shirtless.

Griffen later left his auto at a Minnetonka gas station and got into the passenger seat of a stranger's truck.

Police reported to the hotel Saturday at 1:30 p.m. when a call taken by dispatch from the hotel reported a suspect had said "if someone doesn't let him in his room he is going to shoot someone". He was eventually transported by ambulance to an area hospital for his well-being. "I told him as he knew, the Vikings also wanted a mental health evaluation done".

After being ordered off the practice field, Griffen's downward spiral continued over a period of several hours on Saturday, according to police reports and a source. "They requested Griffen to lay down on the stretcher which he refused to do". 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.

Griffen, a three-time Pro Bowler, did not play in Week 3 after being ruled out Friday with a knee injury. He signed a four-year contract extension last summer. "We are now focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family".

"I just hope for the best for him", Zimmer said.

"So, he's always been a really, really good model for us and obviously he's going through some tough times now".

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