Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen announced he is bipolar in an Instagram post Friday night, saying he will be an advocate for mental health after an incident last week where he called police for his home and then refused to leave.
“It’s true that I’m bipolar. I want to embrace that and I want to be an advocate for mental health,” Everson’s statement read. “I’ve run from it for a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore. It all started when my mother passed away. Went into a dark place, thought I was amazing for many years.
“I promise this time I will do everything the experts say and my wife. 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, 33, was transported to a mental health facility on Wednesday after refusing to leave his home after a disturbing series of posts he made on Instagram, including one in which he held a gun and said people were trying to kill him.
Griffen called 911 shortly after 3 a.m. local time Wednesday and said someone was inside his home and that he needed help from police. He told the 911 dispatcher that he fired a weapon but that no one was injured.
Local law enforcement and psychologists from the Vikings team were on site and communicated with Griffen, who began around 6 p.m. 7 Wednesday, before the defensive end finally came out of his residence without incident around noon. 13.30
“We got him the help he needed [he’s] in the care of doctors, “Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said at the time.
The Vikings placed Griffen on the reserve / non-football illness list on Friday, which means he will miss at least three games.
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin contributed to this story.