Veteran Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was arrested on Friday on the suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance near a Southern California resort, and the team is now saying he suffered through a medical episode.
According to TMZ, when police saw Graham walking through the streets they attempted to take in the 36-year-old, but he resisted.
Graham was eventually taken into custody for suspicion of being under a controlled substance and resisting and delaying and obstructing a police officer, both misdemeanors.
The five-time Pro Bowler has since been released and the incident is under investigation.
The Saints released a statement Saturday afternoon and said the tight end suffered from a “likely seizure.”
“New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham experienced a medical episode last evening, which resulted in him becoming disoriented,” the team said. “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.
“Amos 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.”
Graham is in the midst of an attempt to revive his career after he sat out the 2022 season following two years with the Bears.
The best days of his career came mostly with the Saints, where he played for five years with quarterback Drew Brees, catching 386 passes for 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns.
The tight end also had stints on the Seahawks and Packers, including two straight Pro Bowl selections in 2016 and 2017 with Seattle.
Graham recently reconnected with Brees at Saints practice, calling the iconic New Orleans signal-caller the GOAT with an emoji.
The tight end’s deal with the Saints guarantees $1.2 million and includes a $152,000 signing bonus.
The Saints are in California to prepare for their preseason matchup against the Chargers on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, a game which could be impacted as Hurricane Hilary heads toward the state.