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Everson Griffen arrested, tasered

Only a few days after the “Days without an Arrest” meter drifted into double digits, it’s time to knock it back to zero.

According to the Daily Trojan, Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen was arrested Monday in Los Angeles on charges of felony battery.

Griffen was pulled over at the intersection of 30th and Hoover Streets.  He reportedly became aggressive when he was questioned by officers.  He then fled (always a good idea), and he assaulted one of the pursuing officers (an ever better idea).

The adventure ended with a Taser gun and a felony charge.

A fourth-round pick of the Vikings in the 2010 draft, Griffen appeared in 11 games as a rookie, making 11 tackles.

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  1. jaggedmark says: Jan 31, 2011 11:52 PM

    Would be a much better/interesting story if it had been Brett Favre!

  2. youboettcha says: Jan 31, 2011 11:54 PM

    What’s the over/under on a suspension?

  3. coachstram says: Jan 31, 2011 11:54 PM

    Say hello to Lawrence Phillips while you’re there.


  4. hobartbaker says: Jan 31, 2011 11:54 PM

    So Griffen gets busted for “fleeing”, then “assaulting” someone who is chasing him. Did they charge him for the battery current they used up for the Tasering as well?

  5. jc1958coo says: Jan 31, 2011 11:54 PM

    got to love it, viqueen drama! someone has to take over for favre! what are the odds he had something on him?

  6. pappysarcasm says: Jan 31, 2011 11:55 PM

    Reference Chris Rock documentary: “How not to get your azz kicked by the police!” LOL

  7. frankvzappa says: Jan 31, 2011 11:56 PM

    usually, cops just make up stories like that to justify their outrageous brutality…like when they bust down a potsmokers door, shoot first, then claim the body still between the sheets made a move for them…i know you feel the need to make traffic generating statements but lets wait to see what really happened before you start supporting the fascist pigs…

  8. hobartbaker says: Jan 31, 2011 11:57 PM

    To make matters worse, Griffen has a previous citation for “a noise violation”. Dead end street for this guy. Classic case of recidivism.

  9. matthewdn says: Feb 1, 2011 12:00 AM

    Cut him

  10. johnnyb216 says: Feb 1, 2011 12:03 AM

    He must’ve been looking at houses in the area.

  11. naterysavy says: Feb 1, 2011 12:03 AM

    Alright! I just won my “Will a player be arrested during Super Bowl Week” bet on Thanks Griffen!

  12. thegreenviking says: Feb 1, 2011 12:04 AM

    Frazier wont put up with that. I don’t expect he’ll be on Vikings long.

  13. frankvzappa says: Feb 1, 2011 12:06 AM

    also, “became aggressive” is just copspeak for “was under the impression he still had constitutional rights”…assaulting an officer is another way of saying he flinched when they tried to give him a cavity search…i got an idea, lets give the people with the smallest IQ and biggest egos tasers and handguns to go with the power to terrorize the american population…

  14. effthaeffinjetsgofins says: Feb 1, 2011 12:08 AM


  15. timegambit says: Feb 1, 2011 12:08 AM

    You better find a way to replace that 1 tackle per game.

    Of course Sullivan, the center, will easily pick up the slack.

  16. springy619 says: Feb 1, 2011 12:10 AM

    well congrats everson, you have a chance to start next year, well nice knowing ya, enjoy jail.

  17. mashoaf says: Feb 1, 2011 12:11 AM

    Is 11 tackles including the latest one against the LAPD?

  18. coolzog says: Feb 1, 2011 12:14 AM


  19. Darth Goodell says: Feb 1, 2011 12:17 AM

    Griffen misunderstood the latest memo from the union. It should he should get locked out without support by the NFLPA, and he thought it said he should get locked up by the LAPD.

  20. TxGrown says: Feb 1, 2011 12:18 AM


  21. deadeye says: Feb 1, 2011 12:18 AM

    I foresee a long and prosperous career for Mr. Griffen.

  22. dustinpatrik says: Feb 1, 2011 12:21 AM

    This just in! Linebacker James Harrison has been fined 75,000 dollars for Griffen’s actions.

  23. deconjonesbitchslap says: Feb 1, 2011 12:26 AM

    as i read the headline and wait for page to load:

    ‘please don’t be a viking, please don’t be a viki…


    and he was good too. another wasted pick from last years draft. they cut their 5th round pick from last year too. no 3rd rounder this year. yeah. rebuilding is going great. they’ll be in dead last in the nfl for 15 years. guarantee it.

  24. arnoldziffel says: Feb 1, 2011 12:28 AM

    More good news for Viking fans!

  25. hendeeze says: Feb 1, 2011 12:31 AM

    He then fled (always a good idea), and he assaulted one of the pursuing officers (an ever better idea).

    in other words, took 1 step to the side and stepped on the shoe of an officer.

  26. nflhof says: Feb 1, 2011 12:50 AM

    Don’t tase me bro!

  27. jebdamone says: Feb 1, 2011 12:51 AM

    i have been waiting for this post since the day the vikings drafted griffen. he was a top ‘rated’ guy coming out of USC but was already obviously a problem. i was hoping the challenge of a nfl career would right his ship because he is a talented player. he probably could have fought for a starting position this year if he had the right attitude and the vikings lost rey edwards this year. i don’t know the facts in this story but this kid just seems like he is to big of an idiot to be an nfl player. there was no mention of him being intoxicated or having drugs in the car or anything like that so what the hell is he thinking? really, you gotta be pretty f’in stupid dude.

  28. Robert says: Feb 1, 2011 12:53 AM

    Griffin was arrested in the pre announcement of the Los Angeles Vikings party.

  29. therealjimmysmith says: Feb 1, 2011 1:02 AM

    I wouldn’t run too if I realized I had just stopped at 3oth and Hoover.

  30. richm2256 says: Feb 1, 2011 1:04 AM

    hobartbaker says:
    To make matters worse, Griffen has a previous citation for “a noise violation”. Dead end street for this guy. Classic case of recidivism
    Hey, there was room for Ray Ray the accused murderer, a drunk receiver who ran a guy over dead, a dude who tortured and killed dogs, and a twice accused sexual predator.

    I think they can accept a guy with a “noise violation” prior.

  31. shaggytoodle says: Feb 1, 2011 1:17 AM

    Poor guy, he was probably just putting the finishing touches on his home for when his team moves out there.

  32. rovibe says: Feb 1, 2011 1:31 AM


    Griffen was also arrested just three days earlier for public intoxication. TWO arrests in 3 days.

    He’s as good as cut.

  33. Brian Murphy says: Feb 1, 2011 1:34 AM

    He didn’t kill anyone, right? OK then. As an active NFL player, I’m sure he’ll get a hearty slap on the wrist and be sent on his way.

  34. mike83ri says: Feb 1, 2011 1:54 AM

    Are any of the highly heralded pass rushers from last years draft going to pan out?

  35. dafixisin says: Feb 1, 2011 2:00 AM

    At least this explains Griffen’s precarious fall during last spring’s draft. I’m sure clubs did their due diligence with this guy, and red flags popped up. If a guy with a borderline first round grade (at least according to Kiper) doesn’t get picked until the fourth round that’s not a good sign. The Raiders and Bengals each had three chances before round four to grab this guy and even they passed. That should speak volumes.

  36. nothimagain says: Feb 1, 2011 2:09 AM

    That name sounds familiar. Oh yeah, most every mock draft had him going in the first round.

    Set a record I believe for holding the best player available for most consecutive picks on both networks.

  37. macaracoon says: Feb 1, 2011 2:56 AM

    I hope he used his phone call to call Pat or Kevin Williams, they can give him a few pointers about how to drag out cases so as not to miss any football 🙂

  38. JimmySmith says: Feb 1, 2011 5:15 AM

    I would say typical Viking behavior except for the fact that Vikings don’t usually get tazed. They usually don’t have to pay a price for their illegal behavior. Use illegal substances, hide behind the state court judge. Fly hookers over state lines for services (a felony by the way), apologize to your teammates, scalp your league-awarded Superbowl tickets for profit, get a job on another team.

    This is a devasting blow to a team trying to climb out of last place. Where and how are they going to replace all 11 tackles Griffen contributed?

  39. jdandcoke says: Feb 1, 2011 6:01 AM


    you run from the cops and get caught….you’re gonna get your ass whipped. thats being-a-criminal 101 dude.

    and lest be totally honest….half of the players in the league would be in jail if not for their God given physical talents.

  40. deanvernonwormer says: Feb 1, 2011 6:08 AM

    He had to run. This way he could get rid of the stuff by chucking it in the woods as the cops were chasing him.

  41. gbfanforever says: Feb 1, 2011 6:49 AM

    “This just in! Linebacker James Harrison has been fined 75,000 dollars for Griffen’s actions.”

    Quit with the whining about that thug already, no one but stealer fans seems to have a problem with the punishments for his actions

  42. bcdeputy says: Feb 1, 2011 7:04 AM

    Hey, frankvzappa, just how many times have you been arrested for something “you didn’t do?”

    Funny thing is, the biggest whiners about police are always the ones that call the police when their neighbors dog runs across their lawn and totally wastes the police’s time.

    No telling what Mr. Big Tough pro football player did. But I’ll bet he thinks twice about doing it next time.

  43. juanhughjazz says: Feb 1, 2011 7:10 AM

    He was probably advance scout team for stadium locations.

  44. chapnastier says: Feb 1, 2011 7:32 AM

    I wonder if all of the people complaining about police brutality would ask the police for help in the event they were in danger? I bet they would shut up and change their tune then. I know this might be difficult for some people who like to make excuses for everything but if you get pulled over and just answer questions and not act like a guilty individual, you will get your ticket and be on your way.

    It’s always “police brutality” when some idiot doesn’t respect the law.

  45. Manbearpig says: Feb 1, 2011 8:01 AM

    He then fled (always a good idea), and he assaulted one of the pursuing officers (an ever better idea).

    Hmmm. I probably would have used the word “allegedly” here. Then again, I’m not the owner of a famous, impeccably – blog that always checks its facts, doesn’t spread falsified reporting and is never ever wrong about anything. Haha.

  46. krow101 says: Feb 1, 2011 8:03 AM

    The police always throw that assault charge in there. It helps erode the public respect for the law, which I’m convinced is their secret agenda.

  47. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 1, 2011 8:08 AM

    Best comment of the day was that guy who said “You’d run too if you stopped and found yourself at 30th and Hoover!”………..Only way you stop there is if there’s a cop brave enough to be there and you can beg him to get you outta that ‘hood!!

  48. primetime17 says: Feb 1, 2011 8:26 AM

    Fly hookers over state lines for services (a felony by the way), apologize to your teammates, scalp your league-awarded Superbowl tickets for profit, get a job on another team

    Or maybe they should act like Mossy Cade, or Randy Woodfield, or Jonny Jolly, or Nick Barnett.
    I could go on but the person you pay to read this to you has other things to do.

  49. sakatak says: Feb 1, 2011 8:26 AM

    pervy was in the back seat mumbling something incoherently about the Packers getting beat on Sunday.
    Police let him go peacefully after his marijuana was found out to be for medicinal purposes (migraines).

  50. aaronitout12 says: Feb 1, 2011 8:31 AM

    A Viking arrested in LA. Seem odd to anyone else too?

  51. rugdog100 says: Feb 1, 2011 8:58 AM

    You’d think he was playing for the Packers.

  52. minnesconsin says: Feb 1, 2011 9:07 AM

    Though Griffen had only 11 tackles last year, this actually is a big deal for the Vikings. They were going to let malcontent Ray Edwards walk and give Griffen a chance to earn a starting spot, so they’ll have to reconsider. Pretty terrible ’10 draft for the queens.

  53. vdaigglesfan says: Feb 1, 2011 9:24 AM

    If this guy is more elusive, this is a non-story. If I’m special teams coordinator, I’m taking Griffen off of the returns team if he can’t even elude the LAPD.

  54. 11inthebox says: Feb 1, 2011 9:25 AM

    Boy, its amazing how many comments a story like generates. Its almost as if people are happy to chime in on someone getting into trouble. Are people that miserable and pathetic?


    so are you one of those guys who believes in ‘protect and serve,’ or are you one of those guys who thinks a badge makes some power hungry, barely literate moron morally superior to the community in which he works?

  55. primetime17 says: Feb 1, 2011 9:37 AM

    Pretty terrible ’10 draft for the queens.
    Queens! That is sooo funny! Did you just think of that? Wow, you are so clever! How do you keep it so fresh after 50 years? Are you really Joan Rivers?

  56. schmitty2 says: Feb 1, 2011 9:43 AM

    Fled huh? Probably was the fastest he’s moved all season

  57. emossome84 says: Feb 1, 2011 10:03 AM

    “are you one of those guys who thinks a badge makes some power hungry, barely literate moron morally superior to the community in which he works?”


    I think you pretty much nailed it there. All the people I knew that became cops fit that description perfectly. Also someone I know did a ride along with a cop who ran two redlights during one shift. But to make it better he threw on his lights as he went through the second intersection and told my friend that sometimes that happens. Yet if a random person makes the same mistake they get ticketed. Gotta love it.

  58. dukemarc says: Feb 1, 2011 10:16 AM

    Wow, the Vikings most promising draft pick from last year to, at a minimum, start next season on the suspended list. Yikes!

  59. spartyfi says: Feb 1, 2011 10:50 AM

    frankvzappa: wow, that must be a record, 271 thumbs down. I guess it’s confirmed you’re an ignorant loser!

  60. bcdeputy says: Feb 1, 2011 11:17 AM

    I’ve never ran a red light during my shift, never shot anyone with a taser, never pulled my baton and never pulled my weapon and pointed it at anyone…

    I’d say I’m in it to “protect and serve”.

    My little area of the world is a better place because of what I and many people just like me do on a daily basis.

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