Police were forced into the home of NFL star Everson Griffen after posting a gun video on social media and telling his agent he believed people were trying to kill him.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Griffen is believed to have a history of mental health issues dating back to 2018, when he had to live in a sober house.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, local police in Minnetrista, in the Metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul area, were called to his home where Griffen fired a gun.
“Shortly after 3 a.m. Griffen called 911 from the residence and said someone was inside his house and needed help from the police. Griffen also said to the dispatcher of 911 that he had fired with a weapon but that no one had been injured “, he read.
In the 30-second clip in question which has been widely described as “disturbing”, Griffen held a handgun and said: “Yo, yo, yo. I’m home. Some niggas try to blow me up. I still got some clips.
“This is my weapon, .45 Wilson combat, registered in my name”, Griffen continued.
“I bought all of my balls in town.”
Police at Vikings DE home: Vikings cooperating with local police at Everson Griffen’s home after DE’s disturbing Instagram videos of him with a gun (purchased with help from Dalvin Cook) and people trying to grab him to kill : pic.twitter.com/aBDFqPQ40f
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#Vikings Representatives and mental health professionals from the team have been at Everson Griffen’s home since Wednesday morning following disturbing posts he posted to his Instagram account, including this text exchange with his agent. pic.twitter.com/uYA7nMEPwk
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Claiming that the Vikings, running back Dalvin “Helped me buy this gun” Griffen also noticed: “Everything is mine and they are registered in my name, so I know exactly where I bought them. I have the card I have them on. I have everything.”
On their Twitter account, the Vikings posted a video of Cook saying: ” It is my brother. I just want him to be okay.
Back on Griffen’s Instagram, the video was deleted, as were screenshots of an exchange with Constable Brian Murphy where he ordered his rep to call 911 as people tried to “to kill” him.
Police who visit the property where married father of three Griffen is hiding said he refused to leave his home. But they believe he is alone.
Later Wednesday morning, the Vikings confirmed they had visited Griffen’s residence to try and calm him down.
“Vikings representatives and team mental health professionals have been on site at Everson Griffen’s home since early this morning and are cooperating with law enforcement.”, declared their statement to this end.
“Our only concern at the moment is the safety and well-being of Everson and his family. We will have further comments in due course.”
This is not the first time the 33-year-old has suffered from an apparent mental health crisis.
In 2018, he apologized for a “nervous breakdown” after allegedly threatening to shoot staff at the Ivy Hotel and throwing himself out of a moving ambulance after agreeing to be seen at the hospital.
“I apologize for not having been able to take the field with my team-mates and for not having a precise timetable for my return”, Griffen wrote at the time, as his wife revealed he suffered from mental health issues and had not slept in days.
“I promise, however, that I will come back as a much improved person and player,” he added.