MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Vikings placed Everson Griffen in reserve on Friday following an incident earlier this week where police and mental health professionals responded to his home.
The 33-year-old will not play Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. However, it’s unclear how long he will be out of the squad. Coach Mike Zimmer hasn’t provided an update on Griffen’s immediate future except to say that the top priority is Griffen’s health and his family’s resources.
Early Wednesday morning, Griffen posted a disturbing video on his Instagram account. Video showed him with a gun saying someone was trying to kill him in his house in Minnetrista. He told authorities that he fired only one shot and that no one was injured. The Instagram video has since been taken down.
Police responded to Griffen’s home, as did mental health professionals. Griffen didn’t leave his home until early afternoon when an ambulance took him to a mental health facility.
Investigators say they believe Griffen was alone on Wednesday morning, noting that they were “unable to locate an intruder.”
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Griffen, who returned to the Vikings this season after a year in Dallas and Detroit, took leave of the team in 2018 after an incident at the Ivy Hotel in Minneapolis.
During this incident, witnesses said Griffen was acting paranoid and threatening to assault staff. At the time, the Viking security director told police Griffen “hadn’t acted normally” and “it’s almost like he’s having a nervous breakdown.”
When Griffen retired from the team in 2018, he said in a statement he was “focused on solving personal issues that I have been dealing with for a long time.”
Upon his return, he said: “I have had a lot of time to reflect on my life and where I want to go and the decisions I have made. I just want to improve myself with some of the decisions I made and just make them better. “
Mental health resources
The Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has a list of resources for people affected by mental illness. Click here to access these resources. In addition, the National Lifeline for Suicide Prevention is available anytime at the number below.