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NFL Player Detained By Police, Jumps From Moving Ambulance To Escape Deer

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen threatened to kill hotel staff, but he wasn't arrested.

Minneapolis, MN – NFL player Everson Griffen was detained by police and taken to a Hennepin County hospital for a psychological evaluation on Saturday.

The police responded after he allegedly threatened to “shoot up” a hotel and behaved aggressively towards staff.

The incident occurred at the Hotel Ivy, where a number of professional athletes live, ESPN reported.

Minneapolis police were called to the hotel after the Minnesota Vikings defensive end threatened to “shoot up” the hotel if staff did not let him into his room, according to FOX News.

Hotel staff told police they believed Griffen, 30, was possibly under the influence of narcotics or alcohol, and that he had been causing disturbances “each time he walks through the lobby” since he checked in a week ago, ESPN reported.

Griffen allegedly paced around the lobby making threats, and at one point laid down on the hotel floor, according to KTSP.

Many hotel staff members eventually moved into the rear portion of the office for their own safety.

Griffen agreed to leave the area after Minneapolis police arrived on the scene.

“There was absolutely no indication that threat was credible,” Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told the New York Post. “There was no indication of a firearm. There was no belief that a threat was capable of being carried out at that time.”

Later in the day, Griffen was taken into police protective custody in western Hennepin County, KMSP reported.

According to TMZ Sports, a Vikings staffer had contacted police earlier in the day to report that Griffen was acting strangely and that some members of the team were concerned that he might harm himself or someone else.

Griffen’s wife, Tiffany, also told officers that Griffen had been dealing with “demons” in his mind, and that he was behaving erratically.

She said that she had received a call that Griffen had “broke into” the residence of his teammate, Trae Waynes, and that he was not wearing a shirt at the time, police said.

Griffen had fled the scene prior to Minnetrista officers’ arrival.

They later learned that he ran into an acquaintance at a gas station near Waynes’ home, and that he jumped into the man’s passenger seat and told him to drive him around.

The panicked driver contacted Griffen’s wife, who alerted police as to her husband’s location.

Officers were able to locate the vehicle, and summonsed paramedics to the scene.

Griffen eventually agreed to go to a local hospital for an evaluation.

Along the way, Griffen became frightened when a deer sprinted across the road, so he jumped out of the moving ambulance.

According to TMZ Sports, Griffen explained that he “was in fear that someone was going to shoot him.”

He was ultimately taken to the hospital, where he remained as of Tuesday afternoon.

“We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said, according to ESPN. “We are currently focused on Everson’s well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family.”

The three-season Pro Bowler was already expected to sit out Sunday’s game due to a knee injury, but questions arose after he wasn’t seen sitting on the sidelines during the Week Three game.

“He is having a personal matter, and I’m going to leave it at that,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN after the game.

Griffen has played for the Vikings for nine seasons, and signed on for another four years in 2017.

In 2011, he was arrested in Los Angeles for public intoxication. Several days later, he was again arrested for assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop.

Holly Matkin - September Tue, 2018


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