Vikings’ Everson Griffen ‘getting the care he needs’ after refusing to leave home

NFL defensive lineman Everson Griffen was receiving care Wednesday after refusing to go away his Minnesota dwelling for hours after calling 911 to report an intruder, in accordance with regulation enforcement officers and the Minnesota Vikings group.

He left the house with out incident Wednesday afternoon after refusing to return out for a lot of the day, prompting ongoing communication with regulation enforcement and staff psychologists, they stated.

“Shortly after 3 a.m., Griffen referred to as 911 from the residence and stated somebody was inside his dwelling and that he wanted assist from police,” the Minnetrista Public Security Division stated in a press release. “Griffen additionally instructed the 911 dispatcher that he fired a weapon however no one was injured.”

When officers arrived on the athlete’s dwelling, they discovered there was no intruder, the division stated.

The company stated psychologists from the Minnesota Vikings had been in communication with Griffen for hours.

Legislation enforcement personnel had been assured Griffen was the one particular person inside the house, officers stated.

Griffen got here out of his dwelling with out incident about 1:30 p.m., officers stated. He was transported by ambulance to an space well being care facility, in accordance with the general public security division.

Griffen’s NFL staff stated that Vikings representatives and psychological well being professionals had been at his dwelling since early morning and had been cooperating with regulation enforcement.

“Legislation enforcement companies have notified us Everson Griffen got here out of his dwelling with out incident and is now getting the care he wants,” the Vikings stated Wednesday afternoon. ” Our focus stays on Everson’s well being and security and offering the correct sources for him and his household.”

A consultant for Griffen couldn’t be instantly reached Wednesday afternoon.

The incident remained beneath investigation by the Minnetrista police and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Workplace, officers stated.

Griffen had posted on Instagram screenshots of middle-of-the-night textual content messages to his agent, Brian Murphy, that had been pleas for assist as a result of he stated folks had been attempting to kill him. Griffen additionally posted a video depicting him with a gun that he stated was bought legally. These posts have since been deleted.

The three-time Professional Bowl decide missed 5 video games in 2018 as he dealt together with his psychological well being.

In response to police on the time, Griffen had made feedback about folks attempting to kill him. He was concerned in a disturbance the day earlier than a recreation at an area resort, then later confirmed up shirtless at teammate Trae Waynes’ home. Griffen was taken to a hospital, however he jumped out of the ambulance at one level earlier than police talked him again in.

Griffen was by no means arrested or suspected of committing any crimes, however he underwent a psychological well being analysis. He then went on a team-supported depart, returning later within the season and ending with 5½ sacks in 11 video games. In an interview two years later with the NFL Community, Griffen stated he spent the final three months of that 2018 season dwelling in a sober home.

Griffen rejoined the Vikings this season after taking part in for Dallas and Detroit in 2020. He performed for Minnesota from 2010-19 after being drafted within the fourth spherical out of USC. The 33-year-old has 5 sacks in 9 video games this season.

Griffen and his spouse, Tiffany, have three kids. He posted a shifting tribute to her on Instagram on Tuesday, in honor of their youngest youngster’s birthday, 4-year-old Sebastian.

Vikings’ Normal Supervisor Rick Spielman addressed the media Wednesday afternoon.

“Their household is our household,” he stated. “It’s vital at this second that we respect the well being, the protection and the well-being of everybody that’s concerned on this scenario. And I do know he’s receiving the care and the help he wants alongside together with his household.”