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Vikings' Griffen willingly leaves home after negotiations with police

11/25/2021 1:30:24 AM
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Everson Griffen was taken to a mental health facility Wednesday afternoon, ending an impasse between the Vikings defensive end and police that lasted several hours, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Griffen called 911 shortly after 3 a.m. from his home in Minnetrista saying someone was with him and that he needed help from law enforcement. He also told the dispatcher that he fired one round but nobody was wounded, police said; they added no intruder was found.

The 33-year-old former Pro Bowl player had posted, then deleted, a video on Instagram saying people were trying to kill him as he held a gun in his hand.

He was alone inside the house, with police outside, until early afternoon. Vikings mental health professionals assisted for several hours.

"Shortly after 1:30 pm this afternoon, Everson Griffen came out of his residence without incident," Minnetrista police said. "He was transported by ambulance to an area health care facility where he is receiving appropriate care."

Coach Mike Zimmer, at his 10:30 a.m. press briefing, reiterated the team's concern and said he spoke to the players about Griffen's situation earlier in the day.

Griffen and his wife, Tiffany, have three children.

"We got him the necessary help that he needs and ... care of medical professionals," said Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, who was outside Griffen's house for part of the day. "Their family is our family, and it's important in this moment to respect health and well-being of everyone in this situation.

"I can't tell you how fortunate we are to have the mental health team we have in place that was over there with me and to watch the law enforcement groups and how they handled the situation."

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