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Falcons’ Takkarist McKinley detained by L.A. police, being mentally evaluated

Takkarist McKinley

Another NFL player has reportedly been involved in an incident at a hotel. This time it’s Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley, who has been detained by authorities in Los Angeles and is currently undergoing a mental evaluation, per TMZ Sports.

Details of the incident are hard to come by as of the moment, but a concerned friend of McKinley reportedly was the one who contacted the police.

We’re told cops spoke with McKinley who agreed it was in his best interest to get help — and he cooperated and left with police. We’re told McKinley was NOT arrested or booked for any crime.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has already released a statement with regard to this troubling episode in McKinley’s life.

Via Atlanta’s official website:

“We were recently made aware of the situation involving Takk in Los Angeles earlier today. 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.”

The Falcon selected McKinley 26th overall back in the 2017 NFL Draft, signing him to a four-year deal worth $10.2 million shortly thereafter. In his first two seasons in the pros, McKinley has racked up 42 combined tackles, 25 quarterback hits, and 13.0 sacks. He is graded above average with a rating of 62.2 by Pro Football Focus following the 2018 NFL regular season.