Everson Griffen will apologize for calling Kirk Cousins ‘ass’


Everson Griffen’s first order of business in his second stint with the Vikings will be to say sorry to the quarterback, head coach and general manager.

The defensive end told reporters Monday he plans to apologize to Kirk Cousins for calling him “ass” and suggesting head coach Mike Zimmer never wanted to sign the quarterback in a Twitter rant in January.

“I haven’t really talked to him yet but I’m going to get around to doing that,” Griffen said of Cousins, according to ESPN. “Apologize to him, apologize to Coach Zimmer, [general manager] Rick [Spielman] about what I said. I take full ownership in that. I’ve still got to talk to Kirk and apologize to him about that.”

The 33-year-old Griffen spent a decade with the Vikings before opting out of his contract in February 2020 and signing a one-year, $6 million deal with the Cowboys.

“I left because I thought the grass was greener on the other side, to be honest, and it wasn’t,” Griffen said.

He was traded to Detroit two months after signing with Dallas, and agreed Monday to return to Minnesota on an undisclosed contract.

Griffen’s disparaging tweets from January have since-been deleted. He issued an apology shortly after they were posted.

Kirk Cousins; Everson Griffen
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“I’m sorry for saying anything negative. I love this organization,” Griffen tweeted about about the Vikings, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. “Vikings will always have a place in my heart. If you want it, go get it. All love for for real.”

Griffen, a four-time Pro Bowler in Minnesota, ranks seventh in sacks totaled (74.5) in franchise history.

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