Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen was arrested at a traffic stop near USC’s campus today. Police officers were apparently performing a traffic stop when pulling Griffen over. Instead of showing an ID and cooperating with the officers; he didn’t have an ID, became aggressive towards the officers and assaulted one to the point he had to be tased. Griffen is now being charged with felony battery.
This is also not the first time Griffen has been in trouble with the law. In 2009 Griffen was cited by the Nantucket Police Department for a noise violation at a party. No charges were filed after a letter of apology was written. Griffen also had other instances where his maturity level was called into question. Upon being drafted Vikings director of college scouting Scott Studwell said “He’s a college student that enjoyed the college life a little bit. We’re not going to kill him for that.”
Let’s not literally kill Griffen for this either. But he has a long ways to go if he’s to be considered a starting defensive end on this team, let alone a contributing member of society.
UPDATE: As of 6 AM on Tuesday morning, Griffen is still in custody with his bail set at $50,000. Celebrity news website TMZ.com is reporting this is Griffen’s second arrest in 3 days. Somehow I don’t think this team now coached by Leslie Frazier, who is a Tony Dungy protege, will not take to kindly to these acts at all.
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