Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Things just keep getting worse for former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Last night he was escorted to a nearby hosptial for a mental evaluation by the Irvine Police Department after a close friend reported Jackson was acting out of character.
When contacted by Irvine Lieutenant Rick Handfield this morning by MMA on Tap, Handfield confirmed that Jackson was taken by police to mental health professionals in the area following reports of Jackson’s behavior potentially being dangerous to others.
“We were called to Jackson’s residence yesterday afternoon to help assist him and to ensure that he was not a danger to himself or others,” Handfield said. “We exhibited unusual behavior forthcoming from Jackson to the point that we became concerned along with friends and family that were present. We detained Jackson and took him to be seen by mental health professionals.”
Due to California privacy laws, Handfield was unable to provide any specific details concerning Jackson’s behavior or his current condition at this time. The UFC has yet to release an official statement on the matter although company figurehead Dana White did comment on the situation on KLOS’ Mark and Brian Show in Los Angeles:
“I’m actually here right now, I’m in Southern California,” White said during the interview. “I’ve been dealing with this all day yesterday, I haven’t really gotten to the bottom of this yet. I don’t know what I’m going to do about it yet. Last night when he got out, Rampage is very religious…yeah I’m dealing with it.”
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