- Advertisement -spot_img
Monday, November 29, 2021

Vikings DE Eversson Griffen ends 12 Hours of Crisis at home peacefully

EAGAN, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings said defensive end Everson Griffen emerged from his home without incident and was nursing his mental health when he called 911 for fear of an intruder and refused to leave most of Wednesday , while law enforcement and team representatives tried to diffuse the situation.

The Vikings send psychologists to Griffen’s home to work with the police to guide him through another dangerous mental health condition. The team issued a statement in the afternoon, approximately 12 hours after Griffen’s initial 911 call, confirming that they had been notified by authorities that the situation had “end peacefully” with Griffen coming out.

The Vikings cited the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnetrista Police Department and the Orono Police Department for their “quick response and dedication” to keeping Griffen safe.

“Our focus is on Everson’s health and safety and providing appropriate resources for him and his family,” the Vikings said.

Griffen, who took leave from the team in 2018 for mental health treatment, posted an Instagram screenshot of midnight text messages to his agent Brian Murphy that were requests for help because he said people were trying to kill him. . Griffen also posted a video showing him with a gun that he said was legally purchased. Those posts have since been removed.

The Vikings said they sent representatives to Griffen’s home along with the team’s mental health professionals, who were coordinating with law enforcement in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetrista where Griffen and his family live.

The 12th-year-old initially refused to come out of his house for fear of intruders. Police said they believed Griffen was alone in the house as he worked to resolve the situation.

Speaking at the start of his usual Wednesday news conference, coach Mike Zimmer said he could not give more details. Asked if Griffen is safe, Zimmer said he doesn’t know.

About whether Griffen will play Sunday when the Vikings face the San Francisco 49ers, Zimmer said: “No, that’s not really our concern right now. It’s really about him.”

Minnetrista police said in a news release that officers responded to a 911 call from Griffen at his residence at 3 a.m. Griffen said on a 911 call that there were intruders in the house and that he opened fire but no one was hurt. When the police arrived, no intruder was found.

Griffen, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, lost five games in 2018 dealing with his mental health.

Read Also:  The 'College GameDay' atmosphere suggests UCLA basketball games can have the same energy

According to police at the time, Griffen had made comments about people who were trying to kill him. He was involved in a mess the day before a game at a local hotel, then later showed up shirtless at teammate Trey Wayans’ home. Griffen was taken to the hospital, but he jumped out of the ambulance before the police could return.

Griffen was never arrested or suspected of committing a crime, but did undergo a mental health evaluation. He then went on team-supported leave, returning later in the season and finishing with 5½ sacks in 11 games. In an interview with NFL Network two years later, Griffen said that he spent the last three months of the 2018 season living in a quiet home.

Fresh from two straight victories that put the Vikings in control of the playoff spot, the mood was gloomy as the team practiced on Wednesday. Dalvin Cook and Sheldon Richardson, fleeing defensive tackle, both said they tried to contact Griffen on his phone, but did not hear back.

“We’re just trying to make sure he’s okay,” Cook said. “He’s our brother first, and we want to make sure his family is okay and make sure he gets the proper treatment and love he needs to get through what he’s going through right now.”

Said co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson, who has coached Griffen on the defensive line for seven years: “Everson is like a little brother to me. I just want him to be safe.”

Griffen rejoined the Vikings this season after playing for Dallas and Detroit in 2020. He played for Minnesota from 2010–19, after being drafted in the fourth round of USC. The 33-year-old has taken five wickets in nine matches this season.

World Nation News Deskhttps://www.worldnationnews.com
World Nation News is a digital news portal website. Which provides important and latest breaking news updates to our audience in an effective and efficient ways, like world’s top stories, entertainment, sports, technology and much more news.
Latest news
Related news
- Advertisement -

Leave a Reply