By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to Reuters, Minnesota Vikings star defensive end Everson Griffen was not with the team on Monday. He underwent a mental-health check at a local hospital in Minnesota.
Griffen did not play on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. The team classified his absence as a “personal reason.” The team also said he was dealing with a knee injury.
Yet, according to the NFL Network, questions about his mental health has been going on for some time. He was also involved in an altercation at a Minneapolis area hotel on Saturday.
KSTP TV’s 5 Eyewitness News said that Griffen allegedly threatened to shoot an individual at the hotel. The authorities did take a police report, but the individual’s name was redacted.
“We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. “We are currently focused on Everson’s well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family.”
According to KSTP, an individual — which may have been Griffen — was pacing in the lobby and freaked the hotel staffers out that they moved to a back office. The authorities’ audio of the incident said that the man would “shoot someone if he wasn’t let into his room.”
He also allegedly threatened to assault hotel employees. Yet, no arrests were made.
The 30-year-old Griffen is in his ninth season with the Vikings. He was the team’s fourth-round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft after playing collegiate football with the USC Trojans.
In the first two games this season, he had four tackles and 1.0 sacks. In his career, he has appeared in 123 games, including 65 starts. He has missed just seven games in his career career.
Griffen has 193 tackles, 62.0 tackles, and an interception for 29 yards and a touchdown, nine forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, including a 34-yard touchdown, and 14 pass deflections.
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