A gun-wielding Minnesota Vikings defender posts a terrifying Instagram video.
According to Clutch Points, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen just shared a scary video on his Instagram account showing him clutching a gun. Griffen is seen carrying a gun in a dark room while referring to those who are trying to “get” him in the 30-second video, which has since been removed from YouTube. He reportedly said that running back Dalvin Cook, a teammate, assisted him in “purchasing this pistol.” The Vikings issued a statement in response to the incident. The Vikings said that “Vikings representatives and the team’s mental health professionals have been on-site at Everson Griffen’s residence since early this morning and are collaborating with local enforcement.” “Our sole concern at this time is Everson’s and his family’s safety and well-being. We’ll have more to say about it when the time comes.” Griffen also shared screenshots of text conversations to his agent Brian Murphy on his Instagram account, asking for help and telling him to contact 911, adding “they are attempting to kill me,” according to the Star Tribune. Griffen has had to battle with mental health concerns in the past. Griffen was transported to the hospital in September 2018 after two instances triggered police involvement. Griffen threatened violence at a Minneapolis hotel at the time, and made remarks about individuals trying to kill him.
Griffen returned to the team after completing mental health treatment for four weeks. Griffen also resided in a sober house throughout the last months of the 2018 season, according to reports. After spending the 2020 season with the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions, Griffen signed with the Vikings before the start of the 2021 season.
According to the Pioneer Press, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer remarked of Griffen in August, “We talked to him for quite a bit the other day.” “I believe he appears to be in a good place, and I hope he continues to do so, because if he does, he will be able to assist us.” Griffen was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Griffen, 33, was named to the Pro Bowl four times and was named to the All-Pro Second Team in 2017. Griffen had a career-high 13 sacks during the season. Griffen has 85.5 sacks in his 11-year career, which ranks him 15th all-time among current players.