Vikings DE Griffen to remain away from team

Vikings DE Griffen to remain away from team

Zimmer said the team will leave Tuesday after practice based on studies the team did on adjusting to the Pacific time zone.

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.

Griffen was said to have broken into the home of a fellow player after he left the hotel.

A Vikings staffer called Minnetrista police to check up on Griffen's family at the home, the report said.

"We just want to be supportive and help however we can, make ourselves available", quarterback Kirk Cousins said.

Officers observed Griffen yelling, "about "777" and that he went to Waynes" house because "God made me do it.'" Griffen's wife told police that Everson's behavior happens from "time to time as he is fighting with "demons" in his head and that it's normal for him to run away". He was not wearing a shirt when he did this, left then drove to a gas station in excelsior where he got out, spotted someone he thought he knew and got in their vehicle leaving his vehicle behind. Griffen then got in the passenger seat of the truck and had the man drive him around, at one point asking to return to Hotel Ivy. Details continue to emerge, but reports state the Griffen has been struggling with mental health and feelings of paranoia for weeks before Saturday's actions prompted additional action. Additionally, Klawiter told police that the organization was anxious that Griffen could hurt himself, as well as his wife and children, according to the report.

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An emergency dispatcher said Griffen allegedly told hotel staff he was going to shoot somebody if they wouldn't let him in his room.

No crime was committed, per the report, and there will be no further investigation.

The Vikings have not identified specifics of any ailment or mental disorder Griffen has or is being treated for at this time, only saying he's going through "a tough time".

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Monday night in a statement that the team was "currently focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family". "We are friends with the Griffen family and we are here to support them in any way possible during these trying times", he said.

The police incident report notes that no criminal charges are forthcoming. Coach Mike Zimmer said Griffen would not travel with the team to play the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday.

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".

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