Vikings fear for star who allegedly threatened hotel shooting

26 September, 2018, 10:10 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Vikings fear for star who allegedly threatened hotel shooting

The Minnesota Vikings explained Everson Griffen's absence from Sunday's game as a "personal matter", but it may have been due to a serious situation.

On Saturday afternoon, Griffen ended up at the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis where he reportedly wanted to meet with Leslie Pico, the Vikings player development director. "I just hope the best for him". "We know he's strong and he's going to push through it, and we just want him to know that we've got his back". He recently signed a four-year, $58 million extension that included a $2 million signing bonus and a total of $34 million in guaranteed money.

The Vikings play in Los Angeles against the Rams on Thursday. Zimmer made it clear that Griffen is missed both on the field and in the locker room, but said there are more important things to be anxious about. It's unclear whether the Vikings expect him back at all this season.

At a news conference Tuesday, Zimmer at first referred to Spielman's statement before saying that "the only thing I'm really concerned for Everson about isn't anything to do with football; it's about him getting better". In the five years that I've been here, I've always loved Everson.

"Obviously, he's been a really good model for us, and he's going through a tough time right now", Zimmer said.

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.

Following the incident at the hotel Saturday, Griffen allegedly attempted to break in to the home of teammate Trae Waynes before climbing into a stranger's truck and being driven to his home in Minnetrista, according to an incident report.

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"To clarify, there was no attempted break-in at our home and at no point did my family or I feel unsafe".

Zimmer is simultaneously showing off-the-field support for Griffen and trying to focus the rest of the roster's attention on the field during a short week of preparation against the defending NFC West champs who have opened 3-0.

Griffen later left his vehicle at a Minnetonka gas station and got into the passenger seat of a stranger's truck.

Police responding to Griffen's home said they found Griffen's wife and children had left.

By then, police had been dispatched there and on the way stopped the man who had been driving Griffin around.

Griffen's erratic behavior continued in the Minnetrista neighborhood where he ordinarily lives with his wife and children.

Griffen couldn't be placed on a health and welfare hold at the mental health facility by police because he hadn't threatened to do harm to himself or others, but the defensive end voluntarily agreed to go to the hospital, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero adds.

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