March 4th, 2014

Palm Beach Post: NFL bully Incognito hospitalized by police

WBI: The tale gets curiouser and curiouser …

Police in Arizona send Richie Incognito to mental-health facility
By Andrew Abramson, Palm Beach (FL) Post, Feb. 28, 2014

Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is receiving treatment at a psychiatric-care unit in Arizona after reportedly admitting to police that he damaged his Ferrari with a baseball bat in a fit of rage.

Incognito was hospitalized involuntarily late Thursday after Scottsdale police filed a petition to have him admitted, according to TMZ, which quoted a source.

Incognito apparently did not fight the order. NFL Media reported that he accepted the care because of the stress of the NFL investigation of his alleged bullying.

The NFL hired attorney Ted Wells to investigate claims of harassment in Miami’s locker room. The report, issued two weeks ago, found that Incognito led the bullying of offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, several other players and an assistant trainer.

This week, TMZ provided Scottsdale police with a photo of Incognito’s Ferrari. When police went to investigate, Incognito admitted causing the damage.

Incognito was interviewed by Fox 10 News in Arizona on Thursday. He rambled at times and said he plans to donate his Ferrari to charity.

“Oh, that was, that was just me venting, that was self expression, that’s a piece of art,” Incognito said of bashing his car. “The happiest day of my life was when I got that car and now the second-happiest day will be when I donate it to charity.

“The Ferrari is a story unto itself, the Ferrari is one entity. But I will tell you this, the Ferrari is going to be for sale through my mission, which is helping the brotherhood, whatever brotherhood it is.”

Incognito has received care for mental-health issues before.

When Martin left the team in October, he texted Incognito to say he was in a mental facility.

“It’s a lot to take in,” Incognito responded. “I’ve checked myself in before. I had to threaten to beat everyone up for them to let me out. Not fun.”

In his interview Thursday, he appeared to try to justify some of his antics in the locker room, saying he was trying to motivate.

“Me and my dad, my mom, my brother, Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins, (Dolphins owner) Stephen Ross, you, we’re all brothers and sisters,” Incognito said. “I think we all understand that it’s just time to move on. You know words were said, things were done, but at the end of the day, we’re all brothers and sisters and we’re here to lift each other up.

“We’re here to motivate each other. That’s something my dad instilled in me a long time ago. He’s from a military background, so we have some odd ways of training.”

Incognito will be a free agent March 11 and Ross said Incognito will not return to the team. He could also face an NFL suspension.


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