The Atlanta Falcons had quite the scare on Tuesday, as a TMZ report indicated that young defensive end Takkarist McKinley was detained by police in order to undergo a mental health evaluation.
It appears that all is well with McKinley, as a team spokesperson revealed that he returned to his home on Wednesday.
Report: Takk McKinley back home after mental evaluation https://t.co/BgeMchzQmK— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 16, 2019
"There is no reason to believe that this was anything serious," said the Falcons spokesperson. "He’s back home in Oakland with his family."
There was some confusion after the news was reported on Tuesday afternoon. McKinley did not commit a crime and was not arrested by police; while at a Los Angeles hotel, a friend was concerned about the player's well-being, and called the police as a precaution. The responding officers offered to take him in for an evaluation, and he cooperated.
A statement from Dan Quinn regarding DE Takk McKinley: https://t.co/Mi3N0b0tKt— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) January 16, 2019
"We were recently made aware of the situation involving Takk in Los Angeles earlier [Tuesday]," said Falcons head coach Dan Quinn in a statement. "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."
Luckily for McKinley, his family, and the Falcons, this situation didn't have a chance to spin out of control.