Law enforcement officials were working Wednesday afternoon to get the Vikings’ defensive end Everson Griffen out of his Minnetrista home after posting a disturbing video on social media early Wednesday morning showing him holding a gun and then loud officials had called 911 saying there was an intruder in his home.
On Wednesday morning, the Vikings said in a statement that psychiatrists were working with holds. And Minnetrista’s public safety department later said in a press release that no intruder had been found in Griffen’s home and that law enforcement officials were trying to get the defensive end, believed to be alone, out of his home.
“Vikings representatives and the team’s psychiatrists have been at Everson Griffen’s home this morning, working with law enforcement,” the Vikings statement said. “Our only concern right now is the safety and wellbeing of Everson and his family. We will make further comments in due course. ”
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said at a press conference that he was not concerned about Griffen’s availability for Sunday’s game in San Francisco.
Mental health and law enforcement were called to Griffen’s house after he posted a video on his Instagram account, which has since been deleted, of him holding an automatic pistol and expressing concerns about his safety. Minnetrista Police, with assistance from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Carver County Sheriff’s Office, and Orono Police, responded to an emergency call from Griffe just before 3 a.m., according to a Minnetrista Public Safety press release.
Griffen called 911 from his home and said someone was at his house and he needed help from the police. The press release said Griffen had told 911 that he had fired a gun but no one was injured. The press release said that when law enforcement agencies responded, they were unable to locate an intruder and that Griffen refused to leave his home.
The press release stated that Viking law enforcement officers and psychologists had been in contact with Griffen since 7 a.m. and that law enforcement officials were confident that Griffen was alone in the house.
Zimmer said he first found out about the situation, “last night, late, this morning whenever it was”.
“I spoke to the team this morning,” said Zimmer. “So we have a job to do.”
Griffen, 33, played for the Vikings from 2010-19 and formed four Pro Bowl teams before spending his final season with Dallas and Detroit. He signed again with Minnesota in August. and has five sacks in the nine games he’s played.
“We are only concerned with his well-being,” said Zimmer. “He’s been with us for a long time. Good guy. Work hard.”
Griffen missed a game with a concussion this season following a car crash near his western suburban home and spent five games off the team in 2018 after an incident at a Minneapolis hotel raised his concerns Well-being.
Regardless of whether Griffen plays on Sunday, the Vikings will be understaffed on the defensive. Zimmer said Dalvin Tomlinson, who is unvaccinated, won’t play the 49ers after being put on the COVID-19 reserve list on Tuesday.
The Vikings will also be out without a star defensive end Danielle Hunter, who is out of the season with a chest muscle rupture on October 31, and Michael Pierce, who is in injured reserve with an elbow injury and will miss his seventh episode Game.
“We’re just trying to make sure he’s okay,” said Dalvin Cook, who ran back. “This is our brother first, and we want to make sure his family is safe and that he is getting the right treatment and love he needs to get through the time he is going through.”
Cook said late Wednesday morning that he tried to reach Griffen but hadn’t heard from him.
“We just pray for him and his family and leave it to the pros from there,” said Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.
The co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Andre Patterson is very close to Griffen. He declined to say Wednesday afternoon if he had any contact with Griffen.
“My thoughts are with him and his family,” said Patterson. “Everson is like a little brother to me and I just want him to be safe. … (the players) take care of him too. He means a lot to them, so we just want him to be safe and healthy. That’s the most important.”
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