'Scary' Everson Griffen video leaves fans worried for his mental health

Yasmine Leung November 24, 2021
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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen posted a concerning – now-deleted – video to Instagram, which fans believe is related to his struggles with mental health.

NFL player Everson Griffen is trending on Twitter after fans spotted his now-deleted video upload on his social media. He also removed a concerning message on his Stories.

Fans have been assuming his unexpected posts are connected to his battle with mental health, which the 33-year-old has spoken about on numerous occasions.

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What happened in Everson Griffen’s video?

The football player uploaded a video on 24 November 2021 of him holding a firearm and claiming someone is “after him” in his home.

In the video he explains the origins of his weapon, including how it is registered in his name, and alleges a teammate helped him source the gun.

Griffen goes on to plead for help in a now-deleted Insta Story message.

Fans worry for Griffen’s mental health

Fans on Twitter have claimed the “worrying” clip occurred because of Griffen’s struggle with mental health and are now praying for his safety.

The Minnesota Vikings released a statement and said they were looking after the well-being of their defensive end.

“A Vikings representative and the team’s mental health professionals have been on-site at Everson Griffen’s home since early this morning and are co-operating with law enforcement. Our only concern at this time is the safety and well-being of Everson and his family,” they write.

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Everson Griffen’s mental health history

In 2018, Griffen was sent to hospital for evaluation after allegedly being involved in several incidents.

ESPN reports Les Pico, the Vikings’ executive director of player development, told authorities the athlete had been “explosive, screaming and yelling” while at the team facility.

He also reportedly turned up to the home of teammate Trae Waynes, shirtless and uninvited. However, Waynes confirmed it wasn’t a break-in: “To clarify, there was no attempted break-in at our home and at no point did my family or I feel unsafe.”

Griffen spoke about his struggles two years later, revealing he was thankful he powered through the difficult time.

“I’m happy 2018 happened because I wouldn’t be sitting here today being able to tell my story and showing teams I am strong, I am healthy and there’s nothing really you have to worry about. Because I’m doing all the right things. I’m doing everything possible to make sure 2018 doesn’t happen again. And it will not happen.”

We send our best wishes to Everson Griffen and his family.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.