Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is under hospital supervision after an incident at a Minneapolis hotel on Saturday.
ESPN reported on Tuesday that Griffen was “getting assistance on personal matters.”
According to an incident report, authorities from the Minneapolis Police Department were called to Hotel Ivy on Saturday because an individual was threatening to shoot someone if he wasn’t allowed in his room. ESPN reported that though the name on the report is redacted, Griffen is the individual in question. Police arrived at the hotel at 1.30pm when a call from the hotel reported a suspect had said “if someone doesn’t let him in his room he is going to shoot someone.” No weapon was found and Griffen was allowed to leave the property, per police.
Griffen has spent his entire nine-year career with the Vikings. He was arrested twice as a rookie in 2011, once for public intoxication and soon after for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop.
Head coach Mike Zimmer did not provide details on Sunday about Griffen’s absence. He classified the issue as a “personal matter, and I’m going to leave it at that.” Griffen was listed on the injury report with a knee injury and ruled out for Week 3.
The Vikings issued a statement late Monday after reports of Griffen’s health began percolating.
“We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. “We are currently focused on Everson‘s well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family.”
The Minnesota Police Department said Griffen allegedly created a scene almost every time he entered the hotel. Multiple professional athletes live in the hotel. Griffen has gone to the Pro Bowl three consecutive seasons. He signed a four-year, $58m contract extension in 2017.