Report: Vikings' Everson Griffen Allegedly Threatened to Shoot Someone at Hotel

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09: Everson Griffen #97 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after sacking Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers in the first half of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen was reportedly named in a police report regarding an incident at a Minneapolis hotel in which a person allegedly "[threatened] to shoot someone in the middle of the day on Saturday."

KSTP's Ryan Raiche reported Monday (h/t Pro Football Talk) that Minneapolis police redacted the person's name in the report, but a source told Raiche that Griffen was the man in question. An emergency dispatcher relayed to officers that a man had issued the threat unless hotel staff allowed him in his room.

Raiche also reported Griffen allegedly "threatened to assault staff members" before leaving the hotel. Officers didn't make any arrests and didn't find a gun after responding to the scene.

According to a report from Seth Kaplan of Fox 9, Griffen was later arrested for allegedly trying to break into a teammate's home. However, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported two sources with the Vikings "strongly deny" the report he was arrested. Pelissero added Griffen is getting a mental health evaluation at a local hospital.

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

On @gmfb with the latest on #Vikings DE Everson Griffen, who has been undergoing evaluation at a local hospital after battling a serious, mental health-related issue for weeks. @nflnetwork https://t.co/LmH7aSdVzP

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman offered a statement on the allegations: "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."

Griffen didn't play in the Vikings' 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. In the team's official injury report, Griffen was listed as out with knee injury.

Head coach Mike Zimmer declined to go into specifics about his availability after the Bills game.

"He's having a personal matter and I'm going to leave it at that," Zimmer said, per the Star Tribune's Andrew Krammer.

Ahead of Minnesota's Week 4 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, the Vikings said Griffen didn't practice Monday, citing the knee injury but adding his absence was also "not injury related."


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