Jimmy Graham, 36, the veteran tight end for the New Orleans Saints, was arrested in Southern California on Friday evening after being found wandering disoriented in traffic. Law enforcement was called in response to Graham’s erratic behavior, and he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to TMZ. During the arrest, Graham allegedly resisted officers before being transported to a hospital.
The Saints organization confirmed the incident and provided insight into the situation, stating:
“New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham experienced a medical episode last evening, which resulted in him becoming disoriented,” the team said, according to ESPN, adding, “He was taken into custody by local authorities and transported to a local hospital for evaluation for what Dr. John Amoss believes to be a likely seizure and spent the night under medical supervision and testing. Amoss met Graham at the hospital and is overseeing his care at this time. He was released this morning and is with the team as they continue preparations for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.”
The arrest occurred while the Saints were in Southern California, preparing for a preseason game against the Chargers. Graham had actively participated in practice earlier that day, and his sudden medical issue has come as a shock to many.