Vikings DE Griffen remains out with mental health trouble

The police report released Tuesday details ongoing struggles Griffen had been dealing with weeks before the incident at the Hotel Ivy on Saturday

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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is being treated at a mental health facility after a series of unusual incidents have his family and his team anxious about his well-being.

According to police in Minnetrista, the Minneapolis suburb where he lives, Griffen was making comments about people trying to kill him.

"That's our brother. We just want to know that he's in a good mental state and we just want to know that he got right", running back Dalvin Cook said.

Cops arriving at the scene let Griffen go without arresting him, and department spokesman John Elder says no gun was seen. Pico said Griffen "has been explosive, screaming and yelling" at practice, the reports continued.

Police said they tracked the player from a hotel to another player's home, and that the player was then remanded to a hospital for "evaluation", according to KSTP-TV. A source confirmed to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Griffen is the person identified in the report. On Saturday, the situation escalated to a point where Griffen allegedly threatened to assault hotel staff.

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Griffen was already going to miss the game last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills because of a nagging issue with his knee, but even without the injury he was in no condition to play.

The Minnetrista police report details the events that led up to Griffen's hospitalization. The chance to count on him in game time.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Waynes denied that Griffen attempted to break in to his home.

The Minnesota Police Department said Griffen allegedly created a scene nearly every time he entered the hotel.

Pico told police that Griffen, 30, had not done or said anything that led the team to believe that he was a danger to himself or others.

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Everson got into the man's passenger seat and ordered him to drive around.

The situation began early Saturday morning when a Vikings staffer called cops to report the 3-time Pro Bowler was acting bizarrely and the team feared he could either hurt himself or others.

"We have a very, very good support program, and our owners do an unbelievable job of giving players all the resources that they need", Zimmer said.

Griffen, who was selected in the fourth round of the National Football League draft by the Vikings in 2010, was arrested twice in three days in Los Angeles in 2011.

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said the team was "currently focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family". and head coach Mike Zimmer added "it's about him getting better". He signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension in 2017.

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