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Vikings’ Griffen ‘undergoes mental health check after he’s accused of threatening to shoot someone’

Everson Griffen – pictured here during the preseason – missed Sunday’s upset loss to the visiting Buffalo Bills because of what the team described as ‘personal reasons’

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen reportedly went through a mental-health check at a Minneapolis-area hospital on Monday after mysteriously missing Sunday’s home loss to the Buffalo Bills and allegedly threatening to shoot hotel staffers on Saturday night. 

Griffen had been ruled out of Sunday’s game because of knee trouble, but when asked why the 30-year-old was inexplicably absent from the sideline, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that he was dealing with a ‘personal matter.’

KSTP-TV’s 5 Eyewitness News cited sources saying that Griffen threatened to shoot someone at the hotel on Saturday. The Minneapolis Police Department report detailed the incident, with the name of the person making the threat redacted. 

KSTP, citing the police report, indicated that Hotel Ivy staffers moved to the back of the office as a man paced in the lobby. Police audio indicated that the man said he would shoot someone if he wasn’t let into his room.

A caller to police also reported the man threatened to assault hotel employees. No arrests were made. 

According to NFL Network, questions about Griffen’s mental health arose even before the last weekend.

It’s common for NFL teams to stay in hotels the night before a home game. However, as a Vikings spokesman told the Daily Mail, ‘We do not stay there.’

KSTP, citing the police report, indicated that Hotel Ivy staffers moved to the back of the office as a man - reported to be Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen - paced in the lobby. Police audio indicated that the man said he would shoot someone if he wasn't let into his room. It's common for NFL teams to stay in hotels the night before a home game. A Vikings spokesman told the Daily Mail the team does not stay at the hotel, so Griffen wasn't with his teammates

KSTP, citing the police report, indicated that Hotel Ivy staffers moved to the back of the office as a man – reported to be Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen – paced in the lobby. Police audio indicated that the man said he would shoot someone if he wasn’t let into his room. It’s common for NFL teams to stay in hotels the night before a home game. A Vikings spokesman told the Daily Mail the team does not stay at the hotel, so Griffen wasn’t with his teammates

Griffen and his wife Tiffany (left) have three sons, all born between 2013 and 2017

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Griffen signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension in July of 2017, with $34 million in guarantees

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Griffen signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension in July of 2017, with $34 million in guarantees. He’s made $48.4 million over his nine seasons. He and his wife Tiffany (left) have three sons, all born between 2013 and 2017

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman issued a statement that read, ‘We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard. We are currently focused on Everson’s well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family.’

The Vikings did not practice on Monday because they have a short week ahead of Thursday’s game against the Rams in Los Angeles. Griffen was listed as DNP (did not participate) on the simulated practice report because of a ‘knee/non-football injury.’

Since debuting in 2010, Griffen has been arrested twice. The first came in January of 2011, when he was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of public intoxication. Days later he was arrested again for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop.    

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Griffen signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension in July of 2017, with $34 million in guarantees. He’s made $48.4 million over his nine seasons.

Griffen and his wife Tiffany have three sons, all born between 2013 and 2017.

In November of 2017, Griffen told ESPN that he planned on having ‘four or five’ children.

‘We’re going to have a big family.’

Griffen also said he would wait before introducing his sons to football. 

‘I will allow them to play but they won’t play until their freshman year in high school,’ he said. ‘I’m going to hold them back and let them play baseball, soccer and basketball. I didn’t start playing tackle until freshman year in high school.

‘The brain is a sensitive area. I want less contact as possible.’

Griffen is in his ninth season with the Vikings, who made him a fourth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Southern California. In 123 games, including 65 starts, he has 62 sacks, one interception and 10 forced fumbles. He logged a career-high 13 sacks last year. 

Griffen is in his ninth season with the Vikings, who made him a fourth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Southern California. In 123 games, including 65 starts, he has 62 sacks, one interception and 10 forced fumbles. He logged a career-high 13 sacks last year

Griffen is in his ninth season with the Vikings, who made him a fourth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Southern California. In 123 games, including 65 starts, he has 62 sacks, one interception and 10 forced fumbles. He logged a career-high 13 sacks last year

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman issued a statement that read, ‘We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard. We are currently focused on Everson’s well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family.’

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