Representatives of the Minnesota Vikings and mental health officials headed to Everson Griffen’s home Wednesday after a mental health incident at his home late Tuesday night.
Griffen posted a video on his Instagram on Tuesday night with a gun that said people were trying to kill him in his home. Griffen stated that he bought the gun and the bullets legally and that teammate Dalvin Cook helped him buy the gun. While the post has been deleted, it has been shared Youtube. NBC does not embed the video of a person experiencing a mental health crisis.
On Wednesday morning, Griffen posted screenshots of text messages with his agent, Brian Murphy, asking for help and telling Murphy to call 911.
After first refusing, Griffen came out of his home without incident, the team said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he spoke to the team about Griffen’s situation on Wednesday.
Griffen previously spent four weeks in mental health care in 2018 after two incidents led to police being involved (h / h) Star Tribune). During these incidents, Griffen threatened violence in Minneapolis and made comments about people trying to kill him.
The defensive end spent his first 10 NFL seasons with the Vikings from 2010 to 2019. He shared the time with Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions in 2020, before reuniting with the Vikings in August.
“It looks like he’s in a good place,” Zimmer continued August 23. “Hopefully he can continue to do that, and if he does, he can help us.”
Griffen has five sacks and 15 tackles in nine games with the Vikings so far this season. He started the team’s Week 11 win over the Green Bay Packers and played 48 snaps.
Next up for the Vikings is a matchup with San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.