NFL Star Jimmy Graham Arrested Following Suspected Seizure and Controlled Substance Incident

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New Orleans Saints tight end, Jimmy Graham, was arrested on the night of August 18, 2023, after what his team describes as a “likely seizure” left him disoriented and wandering the streets.

The incident occurred in southern California, where Graham was found acting erratically near a resort.

According to reports by TMZ, the 36-year-old NFL star was taken into custody on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

When police attempted to detain him, he reportedly resisted arrest, leading to additional charges of resisting, delaying, and obstructing a police officer.

The Saints issued a statement to Mail Sport, explaining that Graham had experienced a medical episode that resulted in his disorientation. Dr. John Amoss, who attended to Graham, suggested that the incident was likely a seizure.

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Graham spent the night under medical supervision and testing at a local hospital.

He was released the following morning and rejoined the team as they continued preparations for an upcoming preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Graham’s recent arrest and reported medical issues have raised concerns about his high-profile return to the Saints this offseason.

Having previously played for the team from 2010 to 2014, Graham’s comeback had been eagerly anticipated.

He had a brief hiatus from the NFL in 2022 following the end of his contract with the Chicago Bears.

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In May 2023, he also endured a cycling accident that resulted in a calf laceration requiring stitches, but it did not deter his determination to return to the field.

Throughout the week leading up to his arrest, Graham had been actively participating in team practices, demonstrating his commitment to his return to the NFL.

He even played in a preseason matchup against the Chiefs the week prior.

His experience and achievements are notable, having been a five-time Pro Bowler and a veteran of the NFL for 12 years.

Despite the challenges he has faced, Graham’s presence on the field continues to be a focus as he navigates the later years of his career.

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