EAGAN, Minnesota – The Minnesota Vikings issued a statement Wednesday afternoon indicating that the team has been informed by law enforcement of this defensive end Everson griffen walked out of his home “without incident and is now receiving the care he needs”, hours after the 33-year-old posted a series of disturbing Instagram posts on Wednesday morning claiming someone was at home on the move to try to kill him.
“We thank the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnetrista Police Department and the Orono Police Department for their prompt response and dedication to ensuring the situation ends peacefully. “Says the Vikings press release. “Our focus remains the health and safety of Everson and the provision of the appropriate resources for him and his family.”
The Minnetrista Public Safety Department said in a press release that Griffen called 911 on Wednesday after 3 a.m. from his residence and said someone was inside his house asking for help. help from the authorities. Griffen told the 911 dispatcher he fired a gun but no one was injured.
According to the press release, law enforcement and Viking team psychologists had been in communication with Griffen since about 7 a.m., but Griffen had refused to leave his residence for hours, until the middle of the afternoon. Police said they couldn’t find an intruder at Griffen’s residence.
Early Wednesday morning, Griffen posted several Instagram posts, all of which were deleted, including a video that showed the defensive end inside his house with a pistol, which he said belonged to him.
“I’m in my house. N —– trying to blow me up,” Griffen said in the video. “I still have clips left. It’s my gun, .45 Wilson Combat, registered in my name. I bought all my bullets in town. Dalvin Cook helped me buy this gun. It’s all mine, and they are saved to me. I know exactly where I bought them. I have the card on which I have them. I have everything. “
Cook told members of the Twin Cities media on Wednesday that he didn’t know why he was referenced in Griffen’s video, but called and texted the defensive end to keep an eye on him earlier today. . Griffen, according to Cook, did not respond.
“Ever since I got here he was one of the older guys who took me under his wing and taught me, ‘That’s what you don’t do, that’s how you do it. do, that’s how you take care of your body, ‘”said Cook. “How to be a pro. Appreciate him for that, for the little things he did. Since his return our relationship has grown stronger. He tried to win games. We all had the same mission, we , just trying to win games, trying to improve, trying to lead this team the right way. So we’re definitely close. He’s my brother. I just want him to be okay. In his mind, make sure “Make sure his family is okay. I just want the best for Everson overall.”
In an Instagram story, Griffen wrote, “I need help with the people trying to kill me. At my house,” and he posted screenshots of an alleged text chat with his agent, Brian Murphy from Athletes First, in which he called 911 for help.
Griffen was alone inside his home according to authorities.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said when asked he was unsure if Griffen was safe. Regarding defensive end status for Minnesota’s Week 12 game in San Francisco, Zimmer also said he’s not sure.
“No, that’s really not our concern right now,” Zimmer said. “It’s really about him.”
On his first stint with the Vikings, Griffen took a month-long hiatus during the 2018 season to focus on his health and well-being after the team ordered him to undergo a health assessment. mental and after two incidents involving the police authorities led him to be hospitalized. He said in April 2019 that he had had a “difficult year” regarding his mental health.
Zimmer said he addressed the team on Wednesday morning and general manager Rick Spielman will speak to the media later today.
“We are only concerned about his well-being,” Zimmer said. “He’s been with us for a long time. Good guy. Work hard.”