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Griffen takes full responsibility for September incident, thanks Vikings for support

Griffen takes full responsibility for September incident, thanks Vikings for support

In his first public interview since the incident, he apologized to those he affected, advocated for people with mental health struggles to seek help, and said he and doctors have a plan in place that Griffen feels confident will keep him in a good place. He last played on September 16 in a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers.

The report states Griffen's behavior at practice - described by a team official as "explosive, screaming and yelling" - was so disruptive that the defensive end was ordered to get a mental health evaluation before he would be allowed to rejoin the team. Griffen is one of the team's best pass rushers and has had double-digit sacks in two of the last three seasons. "I had a lot of time to reflect on my life and where I want to go and the decisions I made", he said.

In a statement released Tuesday, Griffen says he someday hopes to use his platform to raise awareness about issues he has faced.

Coach Mike Zimmer said the team will evaluate Griffen at the end of the week before determining whether he'll suit up against the Saints on Sunday night. If he's not on it, that would mean the Vikings are expecting him to play. Police said he was involved in the incident at the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis in which he allegedly threatened to shoot someone.

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"He's done a lot of work", said Zimmer. But Zimmer's answer to supporting Griffen through this process is absolutely spot on.

"Everybody in life has probably had to deal with these different types of issues that go on and not necessarily (physical injuries)", Zimmer said. I don't think this is as unique as we're making it out to be. "This is an illness and he's done a good job of helping to get better and continues to try to get better and he's probably going to have to continue to do that". Connecting the dots here, it sounds like Griffen has some mental-health issues to work through and could be facing criminal charges.

For now, Griffen is simply happy to have returned to the Vikings. "Just getting back to life in general; driving my auto, doing all the little things". "It's been hard to be away".


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