Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley was detained Tuesday by police in Los Angeles to undergo a mental evaluation following an incident first reported by TMZ Sports.
“We were recently made aware of the situation involving Takk in Los Angeles earlier (Tuesday),” coach Dan Quinn said in a statement released by the team. “Any time a situation occurs that is or could be related to mental health issues we take it very seriously. We will do everything we possibly can to support and assist Takk, as our players’ mental and physical well-being are always our top priority.”
McKinley, 23, was at a “high end” L.A.-area hotel with a friend who became concerned with the player’s well-being and called police, according to TMZ.
McKinley, who cooperated with authorities, wasn’t arrested but was detained for evaluation.
In his second season with the Falcons, McKinley, the team’s 2017 first-round pick, registered 22 tackles (seven for losses), seven sacks and 15 quarterback hits.