Vikings fear for star who allegedly threatened hotel shooting

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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is being treated at a mental health facility after a series of unusual incidents have his family and his team anxious about his well-being.

While waiting for the ambulance to take him to the hospital, Griffen reportedly told an officer about people trying to kill him. "Again, I just hope the best for him". Details continue to emerge, but reports state the Griffen has been struggling with mental health and feelings of paranoia for weeks before Saturday's actions prompted additional action.

UPDATE (12:52 p.m. ET): Griffen apparently was involved in another unusual incident after Saturday's episode at Hotel Ivy.

According to the report, staff at the hotel moved into a back office at one point as Griffen paced around the lobby and threatened to assault hotel employees if he wasn't allowed into his room. He told police that "Everson was acting insane and he was risky", according to a report filed Saturday by Minnetrista police officer Justin Thompson.

The Vikings had cited a knee problem in ruling Griffen out on the pregame injury report before Sunday's loss to the Bills.

Vikings director of security Kim Klawiter requested a welfare check for Griffen's wife, Tiffany, and their three children after a recent pattern of erratic and disruptive behavior at team headquarters had caused concern.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer on Tuesday said the organization is in full support of Everson Griffen as the defensive end works through a personal matter. During the game, defensive end Everson Griffen was nowhere to be seen. Pico said he meant to meet with Griffen on Saturday at Hotel Ivy, where Griffen had been staying. Authorities later heard from Vikings officials that he'd been ordered away from the team pending a mental health evaluation.

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Reached by Kokesh on his phone, Griffen said he had no thoughts about harming himself or anyone else.

Later that day, Griffen arrived at the west suburban home of teammate Trae Waynes. "We are now focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family". The driver later told police he "didn't feel safe at all and needed to get out of there", according to the report.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement the team is aware of the incident and is focused on supporting Griffen, who has played for the team since it selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Griffen signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension with the Vikings in 2017.

The situation began early Saturday morning when a Vikings staffer called cops to report the 3-time Pro Bowler was acting bizarrely and the team feared he could either hurt himself or others.

After being told to leave practice, Griffen went to the Hotel Ivy, where he had been staying during the week after leaving his home.

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