Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen released a personal message today via Instagram.

Griffen is not with the team tonight in Los Angeles, but released a statement addressing the personal issues that boiled over last weekend in Minneapolis.


This past week’s events have raised many questions and I apologize to everyone who was impacted. I am currently focused on resolving personal issues with which I have been dealing for a long time. Once I have had time to address those issues, I hope to share my story with everyone.


I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from my family, the Vikings organization, my teammates and our tremendous fan base.


I apologize for not being able to take the field with my teammates and do not have an exact timeline for my return. I promise, however, I will return as a much-improved person and player.

This is the second straight game Griffen has missed after being taken to the hospital for mental evaluation last weekend by police.

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