Vikings’ Everson Griffen brandishes handgun and claims people want to ‘pop’ him in disturbing video

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Minnesota police and mental health professionals have been at the home of Vikings defensive lineman Everson Griffen since 7am after he posted a disturbing Instagram video of himself brandishing a handgun and later called 911 claiming an intruder was trying to kill him. 

The Minnetrista Police Department released a statement saying they were called to Griffen’s home after he called 911 shortly after 3am on Wednesday, saying someone ‘was inside his home.’

‘Griffen also told the 911 dispatcher that he fired a weapon but nobody was injured,’ police said in the statement. An intruder was never found. 

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‘Since approximately 7am, law enforcement and psychologists from the Minnesota Vikings have been in on-going communication with Griffen, who has refused to come out of his residence,’ the police statement continued. 

‘At this time, law enforcement officers are confident Griffen is alone inside the home and continue to work with him to resolve the situation.’ 

In response to Griffen’s Instagram video, the team rushed mental health workers to his home in Minnetrista to help officers resolve the situation peacefully.  

‘Vikings representatives and the team’s mental health professionals have been on-site at Everson Griffen’s home since early this morning and are cooperating with law enforcement,’ the team said in a statement. ‘Our only concern at this time is the safety and well-being of Everson and his family. We will have further comment at the appropriate time.’ 

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The 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive end, has three sons with his wife, Tiffany. Griffen has previously battled mental health issues and apologized in 2018 for a ‘nervous breakdown’ in which he allegedly threatened to shoot hotel staff and jump out of a moving ambulance. 

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The Minnesota Vikings sent team representatives and mental health professionals to the home of defensive lineman Everson Griffen Wednesday morning after the 33-year-old posted disturbing video footage of himself on Instagram clutching a handgun and claiming people wanted to shoot him

Griffen seen holding his handgun

The Minnesota Vikings sent team representatives and mental health professionals to the home of defensive lineman Everson Griffen Wednesday morning after the 33-year-old posted disturbing video footage of himself on Instagram clutching a handgun and claiming people wanted to shoot him

Griffen's gun, which he said is a '.45 Wilson Combat'

The four-time Pro Bowler claimed in the disturbing footage that people were trying to shoot him

(Left) Griffen shows his gun, which he said is a ‘.45 Wilson Combat’. The four-time Pro Bowler claimed in the disturbing footage that people were trying to shoot him 

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Griffen’s latest incident took place Tuesday night, when he posted the bizarre video on Instagram.  

‘Yo, yo, yo,’ Griffen says while holding a handgun at the beginning of the 30-second clip. ‘I’m in my house. N****** trying to pop me. I still got clips left.

‘This is my gun, .45 Wilson Combat, registered to me,’ he said. ‘I bought all my bullets around town.’

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Griffen added that Vikings running back Dalvin Cook ‘helped me purchase this gun.’

‘It all belongs to me and they are registered to me, so I know exactly where I bought them. I got the card I have them on. I have everything.’

Cook has faced his own troubles, recently, after being sued for domestic violence by his now-former girlfriend. The woman’s lawsuit, obtained by DailyMail.com, includes photographs of injuries she claims she suffered during the altercation in November of 2020, when Cook allegedly gave her a concussion.

Cook has denied the accusations and claims he is the victim.

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The 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive end, has three sons with his wife, Tiffany (left)

The 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive end, has three sons with his wife, Tiffany (left)

In the video, Griffen said Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (pictured) 'helped me purchase this gun.' Cook has faced his own troubles, recently, after being sued for domestic violence by his now-former girlfriend. The woman's lawsuit, obtained by DailyMail.com, includes photographs of injuries she claims she suffered during the altercation in November of 2020, when Cook allegedly gave her a concussion. Cook has denied the accusations and claims he is the victim

In the video, Griffen said Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (pictured) ‘helped me purchase this gun.’ Cook has faced his own troubles, recently, after being sued for domestic violence by his now-former girlfriend. The woman’s lawsuit, obtained by DailyMail.com, includes photographs of injuries she claims she suffered during the altercation in November of 2020, when Cook allegedly gave her a concussion. Cook has denied the accusations and claims he is the victim

Tuesday’s incident was not the first for Griffen, a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

In 2018, he allegedly threatened to shoot staff at Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis unless he was allowed back into his room, according to the incident report obtained by the Daily Mail. The name of the accused was redacted, but according to multiple reports, the man was Griffen.

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Tuesday's incident was not the first for Griffen, a four-time Pro Bowl selection. In 2018, he allegedly threatened to shoot staff at Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis unless he was allowed back into his room, according to the incident report obtained by the Daily Mail. The name of the accused was redacted, but according to multiple reports, the man was Griffen

Tuesday’s incident was not the first for Griffen, a four-time Pro Bowl selection. In 2018, he allegedly threatened to shoot staff at Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis unless he was allowed back into his room, according to the incident report obtained by the Daily Mail. The name of the accused was redacted, but according to multiple reports, the man was Griffen

He was not seen with a gun while making those threats, according to witnesses.

Later Griffen allegedly attempted to break into Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes’s home, but Waynes later denied that in a statement issued by the team.

Griffen ultimtely agreed to go to the hospital, but allegedly jumped out of the ambulance at one point and tried to flee, according to the police report. The reporting officer ultimately placed a health and welfare hold on Griffen ‘based upon his actions and information’ he’d been told by Vikings officials and Tiffany.

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During that 2018 incident, Griffen’s wife Tiffany told police he suffers from mental struggles and had gone several days without sleeping, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

In his apology, Griffen thanked his family, his teammates, the Vikings organization and the fans for their support and apologized for his impending absence at upcoming games that season.

‘I apologize for not being able to take the field with my teammates and do not have an exact timeline for my return,’ he wrote. ‘I promise, however, I will return as a much-improved person and player.’

Although he wasn't seen with a gun, Griffen allegedly threatened to shoot staff at a Minneapolis hotel (pictured) in 2018 and later threatened to jump out of a moving ambulance

Although he wasn’t seen with a gun, Griffen allegedly threatened to shoot staff at a Minneapolis hotel (pictured) in 2018 and later threatened to jump out of a moving ambulance

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