Jimmy Graham will not face criminal charges after his August arrest in California for an incident that occurred on New Orleans Saints said was caused by a seizure, according to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell.
Former Pro Bowl tight end was arrested on August 19 in Newport Beach, California on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs and obstructing a police officer, after reportedly displaying erratic behaviour. Graham was hospitalized after the arrest and released the next morning.
The Orange County District Attorney’s office reportedly stated that it dismissed the case due to insufficient evidence to prove wrongdoing beyond a reasonable doubt.
Graham thanked the Los Angeles Police Department while speaking to reporters on Thursday, via ESPN:
“Thanks for [the] LAPD and how quickly it all happened and how helpful they were throughout the process,” Graham said at the Saints’ facility on Thursday. “Right now, we’re dealing with all of that personally.”
After the arrest, the Saints issued a statement saying that Graham’s behavior was caused by a medical episode that the team doctor believed to be a seizure:
“New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham experienced a medical episode last night, causing him to become disoriented. Local authorities took him into custody and transported him to a local hospital for evaluation of what Dr. John Amoss believes which is a probable seizure.” And he 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 preparations continue for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.”
Since then, Graham has returned to practicing. His participation was limited Wednesday due to the bye, but otherwise he looks set to play in the team’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 10.
The Saints signed Graham to a one-year deal in July, eight years after the team traded him in a deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Graham sat out all of last season after recording just 167 receiving yards in 15 games for the Chicago Bears in 2021, but he made the Saints’ 53-man roster as part of a group of tight ends that also included Foster Moreau and Juwan Johnson.