Report: Everson Griffen involved in weekend incident at Minneapolis hotel

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The only explanation the Vikings provided about Everson Griffen‘s absence from Sunday’s game is the defensive end was attending to a “personal matter.” That left it to reporters to track down the reason, and one has.

Ryan Raiche of KSTP-TV reports that Griffen was involved in an incident at a Minneapolis hotel Saturday night. The name of the person verbally threatening to shoot someone was redacted from the police report, but according to Raiche, it was Griffen.

Hotel staff moved into a back office at one point as Griffen paced around the lobby and threatened to assault hotel employees if he wasn’t allowed into his room. No gun was seen, according to police, and Griffen was not arrested.

Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told Raiche that the man left on his own and the caller no longer is cooperating.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman provided a statement to Raiche, “We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard. We are currently focused on Everson’s well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family.”

Griffen has a knee injury that kept him from playing against the Bills.

69 responses to “Report: Everson Griffen involved in weekend incident at Minneapolis hotel

  1. Gotta love the guy at the desk. “Hello, 911? There’s a huge guy in the lobby going nuts, threatening to shoot everyone! Get here quick”

    “That was Everson Griffin? Really?”

    “No officer, I don’t want to press charges…who even called you?”

    SKOL indeed

  2. Not good. Next two weeks @Rams and @Eagles will have a huge impact for the rest of the season. It would seem very unlikely to come back from only having 1 win after 5 weeks.

  3. He has had other mental health related incidents in the past. Hopefully he can get a handle on this, for the team and more importantly for his family. Good luck Everson

  4. According to other news outlet, Griffin later broke into another teammate’s home. He definitely went off the rails. Hope he gets his issues taken care of.

  5. Hahahahaha hahahahaha
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    HahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahHhahahahaba

    I just can’t.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    You vike that?!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  6. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    September 24, 2018 at 9:59 pm
    I wonder what he was hiding in his room?
    ———
    I wonder who he was hiding in his room?

  7. people with BPD generally operate in something of an orbit around baseline, which tends to findmthem at some point each year at an apogee and later perigee—most often the onset and ending of winter;

    all too often they go into superhero mode where they feel that since they’ve been at or near baseline long enough not to need to take their prescriptions because they can will themselves past less than baseline periods;

    of course, it doesn’t work and they drift further out of baseline til something or someone pulls them up short (usually some kind of conflict) where the resolution is to return to their medicinal regimen…and all too often the Superhero Cycle starts over again;

    hopefully this kid has someone who he trusts to intervene with his cycle and get him doing what he needs to do to return to baseline;

    the stigma society attaches to BPD and other disorders that can be treated easily with a personalized regimen attuned to the individual no doubt played a big hand in this episode because the individual feels a desperation to be seen as ‘normal’ by their peers—particularly in his testosterone-fueled environment when what he has is really no worse than some common malady such as malaria when properly treated;

    however, i’m not sure this individual should be in possession of or have access to firearms or any other lethal-type implement, such as Bowie knives, martial arts weapons or compound bows;

  8. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 24, 2018 at 10:29 pm
    Hahahahaha hahahahaha
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    HahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahHhahahahaba

    I just can’t.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    You vike that?!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    ***

    What was so funny to warrant such an obnoxious response?

  9. Man, this sucks. Hoping for the best, but I’d venture to guess Everson is dow for a few weeks at least. He had some red flags coming out. Vikes kept him on the straight and narrow for a while but something obviously happened. Life’s bigger than football, get this guy right. God speed. Explains part of the funk the vikes seemed to be in sunday.

  10. Prayers up for him and his family. Mental health is more important than a game. All of you ass clowns saying stupid comments… shame on you.

  11. dreemeagle says:
    September 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm
    people with BPD generally operate in something of an orbit around baseline, which tends to findmthem at some point each year at an apogee and later perigee—most often the onset and ending of winter;

    all too often they go into superhero mode where they feel that since they’ve been at or near baseline long enough not to need to take their prescriptions because they can will themselves past less than baseline periods;

    of course, it doesn’t work and they drift further out of baseline til something or someone pulls them up short (usually some kind of conflict) where the resolution is to return to their medicinal regimen…and all too often the Superhero Cycle starts over again;

    hopefully this kid has someone who he trusts to intervene with his cycle and get him doing what he needs to do to return to baseline;

    the stigma society attaches to BPD and other disorders that can be treated easily with a personalized regimen attuned to the individual no doubt played a big hand in this episode because the individual feels a desperation to be seen as ‘normal’ by their peers—particularly in his testosterone-fueled environment when what he has is really no worse than some common malady such as malaria when properly treated;

    however, i’m not sure this individual should be in possession of or have access to firearms or any other lethal-type implement, such as Bowie knives, martial arts weapons or compound bows;

    ***

    If he had Borderline Personality Disorder, we would have seem more instances like this.

  12. For all you small, sad people who are making light of this, all I can say is I hope you or someone you know never have mental health issues. It’s not funny at all. Period.
    Put aside the rivalry and have some compassion. And, No. Viking fans weren’t overjoyed Rodgers was injured last year.

  13. Formerminnesotan says:
    September 24, 2018 at 9:50 pm
    Griffen has suffered from mental illness in the past. Hope he gets back on his meds and gets his life strait.
    —————-
    Because otherwise he will find himself in dire straits?

  14. From a Pack Fan- I hope Everson gets well- Football is a game and the pack/vikings rivalry is an entertaining rivalry. Its fun to make fun of each other and rip one anothers’ fanbase but in the end, we are just fans of the same game. In the game of life, which is what really matters, Ill be rooting for Everson Griffen to overcome whatever physical or mental health issues he has. For himself, his family, his friends and all the Viking fans that cheer for him. Mental Health shouldnt be shamed…Cheers to a speedy recovery

  15. 13worldchampioinships says:
    September 24, 2018 at 11:10 pm
    dreemeagle says:
    September 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm
    people with BPD generally operate in something of an orbit around baseline, which tends to findmthem at some point each year at an apogee and later perigee—most often the onset and ending of winter;

    ***

    If he had Borderline Personality Disorder, we would have seem more instances like this.

    ***

    Bi-Polar Disorder

  16. The reports about him getting arrested and breaking into a teammates home were false, just an FYI. Heard a lot of crazy rumours today around this incident, just want to clear the guys name from the outrageous. Sounds like he’s getting the help he needs, hopefully he’ll be alright

  17. Mental illness is a serious medical issue, like cancer or heart disease. Thanks to the classy Packer fans (like 2010worldchamppack, 13worldchampionships) who send their well wishes to Griffen in hopes that he gets the help he needs.

    Then there are people like tokyosandblaster, filthymcnasty3 who reveal themselves to be despicable, heinous, loathsome, hateful human beings. I hope that if they or someone in their family ever suffers through any sort of serious illness that they are not exposed to the same kind of heartless, vile comments that they dish out so flippantly.

  18. The good thing from this is that no one including Griffen got hurt. I hope he can get the help he needs, life is far more important than football. Prayers for him and his family. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for him.

    Being a Packer fan I am honestly ashamed of some of the comments here. I am no Vikings fan but I would never make light of something this serious. We should be coming together to support this young man. It’s not about team, it’s about life.

  19. I can certainly understand why people are hesitant to acknowledge their mental health issues. Look at some of these responses. He’s being laughed at and mocked for having a legitimate medical condition.

  20. Ever hear him talk, sounds like Mike Tyson but much, much dumber. What is it about the Vikings that brings this out in their players. The whole team seemed effected by this. Hopefully all the bad stuff is out of the way in Sept and this team gels & starts to win. Or it will be an implosion in typical Vikings fashion.

  21. tremoluxman says:

    September 24, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    For all you small, sad people who are making light of this, all I can say is I hope you or someone you know never have mental health issues. It’s not funny at all. Period.
    Put aside the rivalry and have some compassion. And, No. Viking fans weren’t overjoyed Rodgers was injured last year.
    ==========================================
    Don’t bother trying to shame any of the people that make light of this. They, to this day, make fun of Coach Sparano dying.

    This sites comment section has sunk to the lowest of the low in fandom. It’s sickening to read some of this drivel. Sad, pathetic people with no lives taking sports way to serious because they have nothing else.

    I came across a poster(packers fan) on Twitter, he uses the same handle on there as he does here. I saw a picture of the person I was posting too. Let’s just say his posts are as dumb as he looks. It made me realize that this is the “average poster” on PFT, why am I wasting time and energy on morons?

    No, you are not going to change their minds, if this were a packer, it’d be a different story. They are such hypocrites.

  22. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 24, 2018 at 10:29 pm
    Hahahahaha hahahahaha
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    HahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahHhahahahaba

    I just can’t.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    You vike that?!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    ——————–

    To this Packer or Troll or any other packer troll (or trolls in general). Mental illness is not a joke and nothing to troll about. It’s one thing when a player makes a conscious boneheaded choice, but when they are suffering with mental illness it’s a whole other ballpark.

    I would hope for the sake of being people rival fans and other fans can put aside typical jokes and poking fun and just be a human being about this.

  23. No one would describe me as a Viking fan, that’s for sure, but when it comes to mental health issues, I think all fans should take a step back and give the person some leeway. The majority of people are not understanding of the chemical imbalance that is the basis of most mental health challenges. So whether Griffen goes to to the HOF or never plays another down, the most important thing is that he recovers fully from his demons.

  24. So, as long as you’re a well-known pro athlete in Minnesota, you can make terroristic threats, lay down on the lobby floor, scare the crap out of everyone and NOT get arrested. Got it.

  25. I’m hoping for the best for Everson Griffen and his family. Mental Illness is certainly no laughing matter, Football is a distant second to what is going on right now.

    I have listed below the monikers attached to the most ridiculous comments I have read on this post…All of you are completely clueless, far from funny, and a shining example of cowards with keyboards. I welcome your responses.

    nfcleast; tokyosandblaster; filthymcnasty3; Karras71; vikesfansteve; cribbage12; wawa33 ;aypeeswhippingstick; 4sacroc.

  26. This is odd. I always thought it was fun to make light of someone in pain. At least that’s what I’ve always been taught on this site.
    Whether it was a broken collarbone inflicted during game time action, or a broken nose suffered during a charity softball game.
    One has to wonder just how many Viking fans would be rallying around this particular player if he were wearing green and gold.

  27. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    September 25, 2018 at 9:25 am
    I understand the rubber rooms and straight jackets at Twin Cities Orthopedic Performance Center are state of the art. Only the best for the very best organization in all of pro sports.
    =============
    World class, I recall Dimitrius Underwood saying.

  28. mnsportsapologist says:
    September 25, 2018 at 10:28 am
    I’m hoping for the best for Everson Griffen and his family. Mental Illness is certainly no laughing matter, Football is a distant second to what is going on right now.

    I have listed below the monikers attached to the most ridiculous comments I have read on this post…All of you are completely clueless, far from funny, and a shining example of cowards with keyboards. I welcome your responses.

    nfcleast; tokyosandblaster; filthymcnasty3; Karras71; vikesfansteve; cribbage12; wawa33 ;aypeeswhippingstick; 4sacroc.

    my only response is: I didnt know it was mental illness but thank you for again proving what a sensitive, milquetoast, easily triggered fanbase you have.

  29. Everson’s Fragile Sanity says:
    September 25, 2018 at 11:18 am

    This is odd. I always thought it was fun to make light of someone in pain. At least that’s what I’ve always been taught on this site.
    Whether it was a broken collarbone inflicted during game time action, or a broken nose suffered during a charity softball game.
    One has to wonder just how many Viking fans would be rallying around this particular player if he were wearing green and gold.
    ________

    My guess is you’re one of those commenters who continuously makes light of Korey Stringer’s and Tony Sparano’s deaths. But I guess it’s okay to ridicule death and mental illness if someone else joked about a broken nose.

  30. Everson’s Fragile Sanity says:

    September 25, 2018 at 11:18 am

    This is odd. I always thought it was fun to make light of someone in pain. At least that’s what I’ve always been taught on this site.
    Whether it was a broken collarbone inflicted during game time action, or a broken nose suffered during a charity softball game.
    One has to wonder just how many Viking fans would be rallying around this particular player if he were wearing green and gold.
    ============================================

    There is a HUGE difference in making fun of a broken nose, versus making fun of someones mental health or in the case of the coach ,their death.

    If you cannot discern the difference in that, you an idiot.

    Your screen name proves that out anyway.

    What is wrong with your fan base? Is football that important and meaningful in your life? It’s a sickness with some of you packers fans.

    How’d it feel if a relative of yours died and a bunch of Vikings fans showed up at the funeral and heckled your family?

    You are a ridiculous person.

  31. I think that given there may have been a mental breakdown or issue of some sort, the police should have at least taken him into protective custody. That’s for his own and the public’s protection. I feel bad for Griffin if this is what happened, but the police owe it to the innocent bystanders to protect them as well.

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