Vikings Concerned About Everson Griffen Following Hotel Incident

The police report released Tuesday details ongoing struggles Griffen had been dealing with weeks before the incident at the Hotel Ivy on Saturday

The police report released Tuesday details ongoing struggles Griffen had been dealing with weeks before the incident at the Hotel Ivy on Saturday

Police learned from Vikings player development director Les Pico that Griffen "has been really struggling for the past few weeks", the police reports read. When Griffen reported to the team facility for practice Saturday, he was sent home.

Zimmer was asked Tuesday whether the team could have done anything to make sure Griffen had undergone a mental health evaluation prior to Saturday. Beyond that, if Griffen's teammates were aware of the underlying reason Griffen was sitting out, they would have played Sunday's game under a cloud of distraction and fear for their teammate's mental health.

Tiffany told police Everson was not on medication "but should be".

According to a police report obtained by Paul Walsh of The Star Tribune, Griffen's wife said he left home on September 16 after he awoke suddenly in the middle of the night, which is something he does at times when fighting "demons" in his head. Sources told Cronin that the person in question at the hotel was Griffen.

UPDATE (12:52 p.m. ET): Griffen apparently was involved in another unusual incident after Saturday's episode at Hotel Ivy.

Monday, a report came out alleging Griffen was arrested for trying to break into a teammate's home, but the Vikings denied that. A little later, Griffen left his vehicle at a gas station and rode home with a man who said he didn't know Griffen and was shaking when he met officers waiting outside Griffen's house. Unable to return to Minnesota in time for the birth, Griffen watched via FaceTime from his phone before recording two sacks in that game. He was eventually transported by ambulance to an area hospital for his well-being.

A league source told ESPN's Josina Anderson that Griffen is "getting assistance on personal matters" and that the league is "comfortable he has a good support system around him".

The Minnetrista Incident Report states there are no criminal charges forthcoming against Griffen since no crime was committed.

The defensive end did not practice last week and was listed as having a knee injury.

Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Everson Griffen (personal) will not play Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams, head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed.

"Yeah, the only thing we're really concerned about for Everson isn't really anything to do with football", Zimmer said Tuesday. "He's always been a really good model for us and obviously he's going through some tough times now".

Stephen Weatherly has taken the 30-year-old Griffen's place in the starting lineup. He has a career total of 62, which ranks 17th among active players.

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