Everson Griffen says he will apologize to Kirk Cousins for calling him ‘ass’


After signing a one-year deal to return to the Vikings on Monday, four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen said he learned that “the grass wasn’t greener” during his 2020 season away from the team, in which he signed with the Cowboys and was subsequently traded to the Lions mid-season. 

Griffen, who spent the first 10 years of his career with Minnesota, said he is now “happy to be home.” But that doesn’t mean he is free from the mess he left behind. 

In January, Griffen tweeted at the Vikings organization and said, “(Starting quarterback) Kirk Cousins is ass. Thank you”. He followed it with a pair of disparaging tweets in which he tried to indicate that Vikings coach Mike Zimmer did not want Cousins on the team (he signed during the offseason in 2018). 


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Asked about his mini-diatribe against his starting quarterback on Monday afternoon, Griffen said he would soon apologize to Cousins and had already spoken with Zimmer and Vikings general manager Rick Spielman about the matter. 

“I take full ownership in that,” Griffen said. “I still got to talk to Kirk and apologize to him about that.” 

Last season, Cousins had a year that was far from what Griffen called it, at least compared with other players at his position. He recorded a career-best 35 touchdown passes along with 4,265 passing yards and a 67.6 completion percentage, all of which ranked among the top-10 quarterbacks in the league. 

Still, the Vikings had just a 7-9 record in their first season without Griffen. Maybe this reunion will create some motivation for both players? 

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