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Who is Everson Griffen? What's his mental health history?

Minneapolis police showed up at Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen's home after he called 911 telling them there was an intruder in his house.

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Who is Everson Griffen? What's his mental health history?
Brace Hemmelgarn USA TODAY Sports

Everson Griffen had another run in with police on Wednesday afternoon after posting a video on Instagram wielding a gun. This is not the first time that the Minnesota Vikings defensive end has been involved with police.

Griffen called police around 3 a.m.

Griffen called police early Wednesday morning claiming that someone was in his house and needed assistance from Minnetrista Police. While on the phone with the dispatcher the defensive end said he had fired a weapon from inside his house, but there were no injuries.

Before calling police Griffen posted several Instagram videos, including one where he was carrying a gun that he said was his.

"I'm in my house. N----- trying to pop me," Griffen said in the video. "I've still got clips left. This is my gun, .45 Wilson Combat, registered to me. I bought all my bullets around town. Dalvin Cook helped me purchase this gun. It all belongs to me, and they are registered to me. I know exactly where I bought them. I've got the card I have them on. I have everything."

2018 was a "rough year" for Griffen

Vikings psychologists and and Minneapolis law enforcement were in contact with Griffen at around 7 a.m but the former Dallas Cowboy refuses to leave his residence.

Griffin has had previous run-ins with police, and in 2018 had to check into a sober house in attempts to treat previous mental health incidents.

At the start of the 2018 season Griffen was involved in two disturbances in which police had to intervene. One was at the Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis in which he threatened to shoot someone if was not able to go the hotel room he was staying in. Days later team officials alerted law officials that Griffen was not acting himself and asked police to go check on the defensive end.

Griffen had mental health check after breaking in to teammates house

Police discovered Griffen’s wife, Tiffany, had left their home and taken their children after Griffen’s behavior changed. Tiffany told police that he left in the middle of the night on September 16th of 2018 and didn’t comeback until three days later.

There was a verbal altercation that ensued between Griffen and his wife upon his return, but officers spoke with the Minnesota Viking and declined to put him on a mental and welfare hold. The trouble didn’t stop there. A day later Griffen briefly broke into his then teammate Trae Wayne’s home claiming that “God made him do it.”

Authorities spoke with Griffen after the incident and told him the Vikings wanted to have his mental health evaluated, he agreed to the request and was put in an ambulance that would take him to the hospital.

On the way to the hospital the ambulance was forced to swerve to avoid an accident after a couple deer had jumped into the middle of the road. Griffen jumped out of the ambulance and refused to get back it stating that someone was trying to shoot him. After a while officers were able to convince him to get back into the ambulance which would eventually take him to the hospital. No chargers were filed after law enforcement deemed no crime had been committed.

Four Pro Bowls and 85.5 sacks in 12 NFL years

A month long hiatus followed the several run-ins with police and that was when Griffen checked into a sober living house. He came back to the Vikings later in the season and recorded 5.5. sacks and 22 tackles.

The four time Pro Bowler played at University of Southern California before getting drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He played in Minnesota until 2019 before brief stints with the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions. He returned to the Vikings this offseason and was originally cut, before rejoining the team in September.

Griffen has 403 career tackles with 85.5 sacks, and has scored two defensive touchdown off of hiss six fumble recoveries and two interceptions.