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Vikings’ Everson Griffen involved in police incident

September 25, 2018

Vikings Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen remains away from the team for what coach Mike Zimmer called a personal matter after Griffen was involved in an police incident Saturday afternoon.

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 Monday.

Griffens name was redacted from an incident report released on Monday. Police responded to a call from the Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis reporting a man was threatening to assault staff and was laying on the lobby floor, possibly under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

The suspect said that if someone doesnt let him in his room that he is going to shoot someone, according to the dispatcher. No gun was seen, the dispatcher added.

Police were on the scene at 1:30 p.m. Griffen, who according to the report had been staying at the hotel, was not arrested and allowed to leave the hotel.

Griffen did not play in Sundays loss to Buffalo; he was listed out because of a knee injury.

He was also not on the sideline for the game; when asked about Griffens whereabouts after the game, Zimmer said, Hes having a personal matter, and Im going to leave it at that.

On Mondays injury report, his absence from practice was listed as knee/not injury related.

We are currently focused on Eversons well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family, Spielmans statement concluded.

This is not the 30-year-olds first run-in with the law.

Following his rookie season in 2011, Griffen was arrested twice in three days for public intoxication and driving with an invalid license. The latter incident ended when Griffen tried to flee on foot, only to be Tased.

The Vikings selected Griffen in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, as the 100th overall pick.

Griffen, who has reached the Pro Bowl each of the last three seasons, received a four-year, $58 million contract extension from the team in 2017 that put him under contract through the 2022 season. He was elected a team captain for the third straight season in 2018.

Staff writer Libor Jany contributed to this story.

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