Police and psychologists from the Minnesota Vikings have been gathered outside the home of defensive end Everson Griffen following a 911 call he made stating someone was in his house.
Griffen reportedly called the authorities a little after 3 a.m., saying that someone was in his home and that he needed help from the police, the Minnetrista Public Safety Department said in a statement.
Griffen also told the dispatcher that he had fired a weapon, but nobody was injured. Police added that they were not able to find any intruders.
This comes after a disturbing Instagram post that Griffen made overnight, where he was filming himself with a gun, making statements that someone was after him. Due to the nature of the post, it has not been added to this story.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer shared in a press conference that the team is focused on Griffen’s safety at this point.
“I really can’t get into any of this stuff right now with this, so we’re only concerned about his well-being,” Zimmer said. “He’s been with us for a long time, good guy, works hard.”
When asked if Griffen was safe, Zimmer responded, “I don’t know.”
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman may speak more on the situation later today, according to Zimmer.
Griffen has been open about his mental health in the past, having a series of incidents in 2018 that resulted in his hospitalization.
Law enforcement and mental health representatives from the Vikings continue to be in contact with Griffen, but at this point, he has refused to leave his home. They also added that they believe he is alone inside his home as they continue to work with him to resolve the situation.
The Vikings issued a statement on the matter on Wednesday morning.