PALM BEACH, Fla. — After admitting to cops that he smashed up his own Ferrari with a baseball bat, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is being held at a psychiatric care unit in Arizona, according to several media reports.
A source told TMZ that “Incognito did not voluntarily admit himself and the Scottsdale PD filled out a petition to have Incognito admitted to the facility” late Thursday night.
NFL Media then reported that “Richie Incognito has accepted professional help in wake of severe mental stress from Wells report.”
Scottsdale police became aware of the Ferrari incident after TMZ sent them photos of the damage. When police approached Incognito about it on Wednesday, he admitted that he caused the damage himself.
After police filled out the petition to have Incognito admitted to a facility, “Incognito didn’t resist … and acknowledges that he needs help dealing with all of the drama in his life,” TMZ reported.
He is reportedly being held at the psychiatric unit until a bed opens for him at a hospital where can be evaluated by a mental health professional.
This comes two week after the NFL released its independent investigation into harassment in the Dolphins locker room. The report, written by attorney Ted Wells, accused Incognito of being the ringleader of locker room bullying. He allegedly bullied an assistant trainer and several players, most notably Jonathan Martin who brought the issue to light when he left the team in October.
Incognito is reportedly also dealing with family issues. His parents are filing for divorce, and his father wrote in divorce filings that Incognito financially supports the family.
His future is the NFL is now uncertain. He will be a free agent when free agency begins on March 11. Even if a team wants to sign Incognito, he could face a league suspension.
Incognito received professional help in the past for anger management issues. Once known as the dirtiest player in the NFL, he kept his image relatively clean in Miami until the bullying scandal broke. It was then revealed that he molested a woman with a golf club at a charity golf tournament in 2012 but that the incident had been kept quiet by the Dolphins and he reportedly settled out of court with the woman.
In text messages between Incognito and Martin that took place after Martin left the Dolphins and checked himself into a mental hospital, Incognito shared his own experiences with Martin. The text messages between Incognito and Martin were leaked to the media earlier this month.
“It’s a lot to take in,” Incognito said to Martin of being in a mental facility. “I’ve checked myself in before. I had to threaten to beat everyone up for them to let me out. Not fun.”
Martin responded, “I almost snapped and started breaking” stuff.
“That’s exactly what I was feeling,” Incognito said.
Incognito gave a bizarre interview to FOX 10 in Arizona on Thursday, saying he was “venting” when he smashed up the Ferrari.
He said he plans to donate the Ferrari to charity.
“Oh that was that was just me venting, that was self-expression, that’s a piece of art,” Incognito said. “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.”
He also told the Arizona TV station that it’s time to move on:
“When things went down it was just unfortunate. Me and my dad, my mom, my brother, Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins, Stephen Ross, you we’re all brothers and sisters 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.”