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Vikings’ Everson Griffen: ‘I am bipolar’ and will ‘be an advocate for mental health’

He will miss his second straight game Sunday in Detroit. Griffen missed five games in 2018 due to a mental health situation. He has been with the Vikings since 2010 with the exception of last season, which he split between Dallas and Detroit.

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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen celebrates his sack against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Brad Rempel / USA Today Sports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who has been away from the team since a mental health situation on Nov. 24, posted a message on social media Friday night saying he is “bipolar” and will “be an advocate for mental health.”

Griffen was placed on the non-football illness reserve list on Nov. 26. He will miss his second straight game on Sunday at Detroit.

“It’s true I am bipolar,” Griffen wrote on his Instagram account. “I will embrace it and I will be an advocate for mental health. I been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore. It all started when my mother passed away (in 2012). Went into a dark place, though I was great for many years. I promise this time I will do everything the experts say. i love my family and I miss my friends. Thank you for all the love and support, but most of all thank you for all the prayers.”

Griffen posted a since-deleted video early in the morning of Nov. 24 from his Minnetrista home holding a handgun and he called 911 to report there was an intruder. Law enforcement and mental health officials went to his residence, found no intruder, and after about a half day were able to coax Griffen out of his home. He then was taken by ambulance to a mental health facility.

Vikings co-defensive coordinator Andre Paterson, who is close to Griffen, was asked for an update on him Wednesday and he said, “I’ll keep that between me and Everson.”

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Griffen missed five games in 2018 due to a mental health situation. He has been with the Vikings since 2010 with the exception of last season, which he split between Dallas and Detroit.

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