Vikings deny Everson Griffen was arrested; TV station pulls report

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The Vikings deny a report that Everson Griffen was arrested for trying to break into a teammate’s home.

Seth Kaplan of FOX 9 Sports had the report earlier Monday night, prompting denials from the team, and eventually a correction of the erroneous report by the station.

The Vikings defensive end is undergoing a mental health evaluation at a local hospital after an incident at a Minneapolis hotel Saturday night.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media said Griffen has dealt with “a serious, personal health-related issue” for weeks.

“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 Monday night. “We are currently focused on Everson’s well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family.”

19 responses to “Vikings deny Everson Griffen was arrested; TV station pulls report

  1. As long as he checked himself or was checked to get the help, that’s all that really matters right now, isn’t it?

  2. Geez, one silly harmless loss to Buffalo and the wheels fall off the bandwagon. Some people just can’t handle expectations of greatness.

  3. I hope everything goes well for Griffen and he gets the help he needs.

    However, if he’s been dealing with a “serious, personal health-related issue for weeks”, I hope the Vikings didn’t know about it, because it would be awful if they did and allowed the guy to practice and play in the first two games.

  4. So translating everything here’s what happened. Everson got in trouble at a hotel, the cops let him walk. He ends up a teammate’s home, and rather than officially having him arrested, they have him committed for psych eval.

  5. thecatalinawinemixer says:
    September 24, 2018 at 11:32 pm
    Geez, one silly harmless loss to Buffalo and the wheels fall off the bandwagon. Some people just can’t handle expectations of greatness.
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    The incident happened Saturday before the Buffalo game, but thanks for showing your insensitivity. Hopefully no one in your family ever suffers from mental illness and if they do, I hope no one makes glib remarks about it.

  6. Catalina – so you say that Everson did this because of the loss to Buffalo, yet this happened Saturday. Days of the week are hard to understand I’m sure, but you may to see if you can get your hands on a calendar and figure this out. There are 7 days so it’s a lot to remember

  7. “We are currently focused on Everson’s well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family.” –

    What more can the team do in cases like this. My hope is he gets the help he needs and returns to the team when he is ready to.

  8. Mental Health takes more lives then drinking & driving. It’s a very serious situation especially when violence is possible. A professional football player his size can be very dangerous. Hope he gets the help he needs for his sake and for his family. Get better Mr Griffen.

  9. I am a huge Minnesota Vikings fan. But regardless of what team or player that you like, mental illness needs to be taken seriously. I hope he and any other players that have mental illness issues to seek medical help. Your health comes before anything else. My best wishes to Everson and his family ❤️

  10. PurpleKoolaid78 says:
    September 24, 2018 at 11:57 pm
    Prayers for Everson and his family. Keep your head up brother. You have every Viking fan in your corner!

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    I seriously wonder just how many Viking fans would be in his corner if this poor wacko played in Green Bay?

  11. Everson’s Fragile Sanity says:
    September 25, 2018 at 11:22 am
    PurpleKoolaid78 says:
    September 24, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Prayers for Everson and his family. Keep your head up brother. You have every Viking fan in your corner!

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    I seriously wonder just how many Viking fans would be in his corner if this poor wacko played in Green Bay?
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    Probably most of them, but you’ve proven that there are always a few idiots.

  12. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 25, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    Everson’s Fragile Sanity says:
    September 25, 2018 at 11:22 am
    PurpleKoolaid78 says:
    September 24, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Prayers for Everson and his family. Keep your head up brother. You have every Viking fan in your corner!

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    I seriously wonder just how many Viking fans would be in his corner if this poor wacko played in Green Bay?
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    Probably most of them, but you’ve proven that there are always a few idiots.
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    Spare me. I read most of the stories here on PFT, and I’ve never found a more hateful fan base that loves to celebrate other people’s misery quite like the Minnesota Viking fans.
    You’ve even got one fan who pretends to be a serial killer on a daily basis. Yet, you all yuk it up and give him a big thumbs up like it’s all a big joke.
    Save your righteousness for somebody else.

  13. Everson’s Fragile Sanity says:
    September 25, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Spare me. I read most of the stories here on PFT, and I’ve never found a more hateful fan base that loves to celebrate other people’s misery quite like the Minnesota Viking fans.
    You’ve even got one fan who pretends to be a serial killer on a daily basis. Yet, you all yuk it up and give him a big thumbs up like it’s all a big joke.
    Save your righteousness for somebody else.
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    Right, all those Packer fans who make fun of the deaths of Korey Stringer and Tony Sparano are just so loveable. Every fanbase has idiots. That doesn’t mean you have to do the same thing they do.

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