Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen generated concern when he called 911 after 3 a.m. Wednesday to report an intruder was attempting to kill him inside his home.
As Courtney Cronin wrote for ESPN, Griffen also took to Instagram to explain via posts that have since been deleted that somebody at his house was attempting to kill him. However, the Minnetrista Police Department said they believe Griffen is home alone, and law enforcement and Vikings team psychologists have communicated with the 33-year-old who reportedly hadn't yet emerged from his residence as of early Wednesday afternoon.
"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," the team said in a brief 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."
In a now-deleted Instagram video, Griffen was holding a pistol he said he needed to protect himself from intruders "trying to pop" him.
"I've still got clips left," he added. "This is my gun, .45 Wilson Combat, registered to me. I bought all my bullets around town. (Vikings running back) 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."
Griffen told the 911 dispatcher he fired a gun at some point but that nobody was injured.
Cook spoke with reporters about Griffen on Wednesday:
"That's my brother. I just want him to be okay." - Dalvin Cook on Everson Griffen pic.twitter.com/zMOTC1L2DZ— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 24, 2021
Understandably, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Griffen's status for this coming Sunday's game at the San Francisco 49ers is "really not our concern right now."