Vikings DE Griffen being evaluated at hospital
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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is being evaluated at a Minneapolis-area hospital days after he was allegedly involved in incidents that caused team leadership to be concerned for his well-being.
According to a Minnetrista, Minnesota, police incident report, Les Pico, the Vikings’ executive director of player development, told police that Griffen had been “explosive, screaming and yelling” at the team facility and that he had been struggling in recent weeks. Vikings director of security Kim Klawiter told police that the team told Griffen not to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills and to “go get his head straight.” When Griffen reported to the team facility for practice Saturday, he was sent home.
Pico also told police that team management had sent Griffen and his agent a letter last Thursday that stated Griffen would not be allowed back with the team until he underwent a mental health evaluation. Sources told ESPN’s Courtney Cronin that such a letter was never sent to Griffen or his representatives.
A league source told Cronin that Griffen was told by the Vikings not to worry about practice last week or the Bills game and to instead place his focus on getting