Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

NFL's Everson Griffen Escaped from Ambulance Before Mental Health Evaluation

NFL's Everson Griffen Escaped from Ambulance Before Mental Health Evaluation

Griffen, 30, was not arrested and police are no longer investigating the hotel incident.

More details are emerging about the status of Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen, pointing to what appears to be a serious mental health crisis for the Vikings star. Players available for comment Tuesday said they didn't notice anything different about Griffen the past several weeks and pledged their support.

Griffen's wife, told police he was "fighting with demons in his head" and had recently told her, "I just want help", police said.

On the way to the hospital, however, Griffen got out of the ambulance and police found him walking along County Road 44 waving his hands in the air. He signed a $58 million, four-year contract extension in 2017 and had a career-high 13 sacks that season. He was not at U.S. Bank Stadium for the game and will not travel to Los Angeles with the team tonight in preparation for Thursday's game against the Rams. Weatherly said Tuesday that Zimmer addressed the team during the morning walk-through practice and "summed up" Griffen's situation.

Griffen had been listed on the injured list for last Sunday's game but was scheduled to be on the sidelines.

"The only thing we're concerned about with Everson isn't anything to do with football, it's about him getting better", Zimmer said.

"Obviously, he's been a really good model for us, and he's going through a tough time right now", Zimmer said. The man drove Griffen home, then directed police to his house because "Everson was acting insane and he was unsafe", according to a report filed Saturday by Minnetrista police officer Justin Thompson. Employees told police that despite his warnings of armed violence, Griffen did not display a gun.

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"To clarify, there was no attempted break-in at our home and at no point did my family or I feel unsafe".

Griffen has to put football on the back shelf while he tries to heal, with plenty of support. Griffen had gotten in the man's auto at a gas station and left his own vehicle behind.

After being told to leave practice, Griffen went to the Hotel Ivy, where he had been staying during the week after leaving his home.

By then, police had been dispatched there and on the way stopped the man who had been driving Griffin around.

A few minutes later, Griffen's wife again called police to tell them he was now in a auto with a man that Griffen didn't know.

Some of the details provided by Griffen's wife are extremely freakish and concerning. After interviewing the couple, police requested an ambulance and Griffen was taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, where he was placed on a police-ordered health and welfare hold.

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