Vikings defensive end Everson Griffin, who was ruled out of Sunday’s game with a knee injury, didn’t show up for the game because of a “personal matter.”  

It turns out the personal matter was that one of the NFL’s highest paid defensive ends threatened to shoot someone at a Minneapolis hotel.


According to police records, a person at Hotel Ivy was verbally threatening to shoot someone in the middle of the day on Saturday.

The Minneapolis Police Department redacted that person’s name from the report, but a source confirmed that it was indeed Griffen named in the report.

According to the report, at one point staff members moved to the back of the office while Griffen paced around in the lobby.

Police dispatch audio archived online includes a dispatcher saying that the suspect said to the staff that if someone wouldn’t let him in his room that he was going to shoot someone. Police said no gun was ever seen. 

This sounds a little more serious than a personal matter.  It’s probably an incident that the NFL is going to want to take a closer look at.  Although nobody can really be for sure when it comes to the NFL.