MINNETRISTA, Minn. (FOX 9) – A situation at home to the Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffin has ended peacefully after an apparent mental health incident led to a response from local police and team personnel.
The situation had been on the page early Wednesday morning before police announced in the afternoon that it had been resolved.
Griffen, 33, posted a disturbing video on his Instagram early Wednesday morning where he showed him holding a gun. The video was later deleted but followed up by screenshots of text messages to his agent who asked for help and told him to call 911 and said someone was trying to kill him. That post was also deleted.
The Minnetrista Department of Public Safety said officers and other law enforcement officers responded to Griffen’s house around 3 a.m. after he called 911 and said someone was inside his home. He reportedly told the sender that he fired a weapon, but no one was injured.
No intruder was found, according to police.
Law enforcers and psychologists from the Vikings team had been in communication with Griffen since 7 o’clock, but he refused to get out of his home, police say.
Shortly before 3.30pm, the Vikings said: “Law enforcement has informed us that Everson Griffen came out of his home without incident and is now getting the care he needs … Our focus remains on Everson’s health and safety and taking care of it direct resources to him and his family. “
The team also thanked responding agencies for “ensuring the situation ended peacefully.”
Head coach Mike Zimmer spoke briefly about the situation during his regular press conference. He said he was made aware of the situation with Griffen early Wednesday morning and that he had spoken to the team but could not comment further.
When asked about Griffen’s status for the match at the weekend, Zimmer said: “It’s not really our concern right now. It’s really about him.”
“We are only concerned about his well-being,” he said. “He’s been with us a long time – good guy, works hard.”
When he spoke to the media, Dalvin Cook also took note of the situation, saying that everyone was hoping for the best for Griffen.
“We’re just trying to make sure he’s okay,” Cook said. “It’s our brother first, make sure his family is okay. Make sure he gets the right treatment and the love he needs to get through the times he’s going through right now.”
The defensive end went away in several games in 2018 to undergo a mental health evaluation after a series of incidents that made the team worried about his well-being.
Griffen spent his first 10 seasons in the NFL with the Vikings, returning to the team this season after playing for the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions in 2020.