Everson Griffen being evaluated after alleged shooting threat at Minneapolis hotel

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After an evening of conflicting reporting — some of which has since been retracted — here is the rundown of what has happened (and what hasn’t) with Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen.

Griffen was reportedly involved in an incident at Minneapolis area Hotel Ivy where he threatened to shoot someone on Saturday if he wasn’t let into his hotel room. Police were dispatched to the scene but Griffen left on his own and was not arrested. 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.

The Vikings released a statement saying they were aware of the incident and were concerned for Griffen’s health.

“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,” G.M. Rick Spielman said in a statement.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media said Griffen has dealt with “a serious, personal health-related issue” for weeks and is currently being evaluated at a local hospital following the incident.

A second report by FOX 9 Sports said Griffen had been arrested after trying to break into a teammate’s home. That report has since been retracted by the station.

29 responses to “Everson Griffen being evaluated after alleged shooting threat at Minneapolis hotel

  1. Sad deal – the mental health issues from his first pro year have popped up again. Word has it this started before training camp. Hope he gets the help he needs.

  2. These situations can’t be taken lightly, I HOPE he didn’t have true intent attached to those comments, but regardless, he needs some help and I hope he finds it. This isn’t a football thing, this is civilian life thing, in what happens to be in the in the state where the Vikings play.

    I do wonder if this was something the Vikings, knew about and were dealing with, he did show up on an injury report, 2 weeks and claimed “im fine no reason” that doesn’t really matter now anyway. Just curious hope he finds the help he needs and can live a happy and healthy life for himself and those around him.

  3. That’s probably a mandatory 72 hour hold for evaluation. Mental illness affects millions and is still stigmatizing unfortunately. Hope he gets everything worked out, he’s a great player and a good man.

  4. FOX-9 also did a story awhile back that was based on hearsay alone… there were no facts whatsoever, just an accusation. They ran with it, even while an independent investigation was pending (which found no evidence of wrongdoing but it was too late… the damage was done) and an upstanding, decent, generous man was forced to leave his lifelong position as a pastor. I’ve boycotted FOX-9 news ever since. This story reinforces my opinion of them.

    I hope Everson gets the help he needs. Sad story.

  5. Sounds like it could have been a pre-existing condition? Hopefully it’s just a matter of balancing the right medication. Wishing the sack daddy a full recovery. Nothing is more important than your own health and well being, especially as a father and husband!

  6. If his mental health issues are this severe, playing football is probably not in his future. Trauma to the brain just exacerbates the problem. Hopefully he gets the help he needs before he hurts any innocent people.

  7. Honestly, after all the happy comments regarding Aaron Rodgers’ knee injury, this couldn’t have happened to a better team.

    I hope he gets the help he needs, and the Vikings don’t.

  8. So let me get this straight… Vikings are aware of the incident, and are concerned for his health? What about the public and the Hotel staff of whom he threatened?
    I think I would be more concerned about them…not him

  9. GenXJay says:
    September 25, 2018 at 8:19 am

    What’s reason he wasn’t allowed back to his room?

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    He didn’t have a room at that hotel. That’s why.

  10. I’m still waiting for some clarification from the league office.
    Zimmer reports a toe injury, while the Minneapolis police dept. is feeding us this ‘roid rage story.
    Unless the medical field from the area is really this inept.

  11. Everson’s Fragile Sanity says:
    September 25, 2018 at 11:29 am
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    Didn’t take long for some Packer fan to add another screen name making fun of a serious issue. I’m sure they’re on the edge of their keyboards waiting for another untimely death.

  12. I find it appalling that people want to be keyboard comedians and joke about the seriousness of mental illness. That’s what wrong with our society today, its all about the likes or to burn somebody online or showing off their “new” whatever. To make up screen names like Everson’s Fragile Sanity just shows what kinds of mentality people will go to get a laugh. This is not a simple joke about a miscue during a game or getting into a bar fight. We are talking about a person’s life here, football is secondary. Put the shoe on the other foot and what if it were your father, brother, sister wife, daughter or son struggling with this on a daily basis? Then adding insult by tkain gpot shot at them online. For thse of you a mental illness is not a choice, it is a disease that as of right now the medical world doesn’t know much about. Why it happens what makes people snap, most of all what is the permanent cure.

    I hope all of you feel better making fun of what essentially is a mental disability. I hope none of you ever have to deal with, you selfish inconsiderate excuses for human beings.

  13. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 25, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Everson’s Fragile Sanity says:
    September 25, 2018 at 11:29 am
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    Didn’t take long for some Packer fan to add another screen name making fun of a serious issue. I’m sure they’re on the edge of their keyboards waiting for another untimely death.
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    Not a Packer fan, but why would that stop you from pointing fingers without any facts. Classic Heidi move!
    Sounds like a guilty conscience to me.
    News flash: other fan bases hate you guys as much if not more than Packer fans, Genius!
    Hey, did you hear the one about Everson, Dimitrius Underwood and Jeffery Dahmer walk into a bar together………….

  14. Why didn’t he have the key to his hotel room? Was he at the wrong hotel? To many questions for this to make sense.

  15. Everson’s Fragile Sanity says:
    September 25, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 25, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Everson’s Fragile Sanity says:
    September 25, 2018 at 11:29 am
    ____________

    Didn’t take long for some Packer fan to add another screen name making fun of a serious issue. I’m sure they’re on the edge of their keyboards waiting for another untimely death.
    =============
    Not a Packer fan, but why would that stop you from pointing fingers without any facts. Classic Heidi move!
    Sounds like a guilty conscience to me.
    News flash: other fan bases hate you guys as much if not more than Packer fans, Genius!
    __________

    Yes, how awful of me to make an assumption about your fan allegiance. I’ll try to class it up a little like you do. Why don’t you let us know what your other screen name is, internet tough guy?

  16. Do you know how you Viking fans like to make fun of the fact Aaron Rodgers doesn’t get along with his family?

    Well now Everson Griffen isn’t getting along with his family. Hilarious, right?

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