NFL's Everson Griffen Escaped from Ambulance Before Mental Health Evaluation

Mike Zimmer on Everson Griffen'I've always loved Everson

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is being treated at a mental health facility after a series of unusual incidents have his family and his team anxious about his well-being.

The Vikings had cited a knee problem in ruling Griffen out on the pregame injury report before Sunday's loss to the Bills.

An emergency dispatcher said Griffen allegedly told hotel staff he was going to shoot somebody if they wouldn't let him in his room. During the game, defensive end Everson Griffen was nowhere to be seen.

An officer told Tiffany Griffen that what she described wasn't enough to detain her husband for his own health and welfare.

ESPN's Courtney Cronin reported Tuesday that the team had sent Griffen and his agent a letter Thursday saying he would not be allowed in the team's facility until he underwent a mental health evaluation. The police report also references another incident in Griffen's home neighborhood. Minneapolis police redacted the person's name from the police report on the incident, but an unidentified source confirmed to the KSTP that it was Griffen who was named in the report. He was subsequently placed in an ambulance for transport to Fairview Southdale hospital in Edina. He was eventually transported by ambulance to an area hospital for his well-being.

At no time, sources said, was Griffen banned from the Vikings' training facility.

"(Griffen has) always been a good role model for us and he's going through some tough times right now", Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said at a Tuesday press conference. "In the long run, he's a really good kid", he added.

UPDATE (12:52 p.m. ET): Griffen apparently was involved in another odd incident after Saturday's episode at Hotel Ivy.

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"The only thing really we're concerned about for Everson isn't anything to do with football".

"It's about him getting better". "In the five years I've been here, I've always loved Everson, the effort that he puts out, the work that he does, the chance to count on him in game time - even in practice".

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

"So we're going to do everything possible that we can, not only for Everson, but to help everybody on our team and, quite honestly, with their families as well".

The Vikings issued a statement late Monday after reports of Griffen's health began percolating. Multiple professional athletes live in the hotel.

Griffen signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension with the Vikings in 2017.

Griffen's wife notified police that the 30-year-old needs medication for his mental struggles and had not slept in days.


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