Richie Incognito thought government authorities were out to get him after he was taken into custody following an incident at a Florida gym on Wednesday, according to a police report released Thursday. Police say he could be there anywhere from 24 to 72 hours.
TMZ Sports cited "multiple sources" in reporting that Incognito "threw a dumbbell" at another gym user, after first hurling a tennis ball and "screaming at the man to 'get off my f-ing playground.' " That account has not been confirmed by other media entities, and Boca Raton police did not offer details of the disturbance. Police were called following Incognito's freaky behavior and he reportedly told them "they didn't have high enough clearance" to be told what was going on.
Nadeem Ashraf, an employee at the fitness center, told police Incognito was "acting irregularly, throwing things at staff", according to the report.More news: Former NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal Charged With Welfare Fraud
Former NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito has been taken into custody for a psychiatric examination after an incident in a gym. "It was determined that without care or treatment there was a substantial likelihood Incognito would cause serious bodily harm to himself or others as evidenced by recent behavior".
"I'm definitely not a choir boy", Incognito said.
Many were shocked when Incognito announced his retirement from the Bills in April after 11 seasons in the NFL. The Bills released him from their reserved/retired list on Monday, leaving open the possibility he could sign with another team. He earned Pro Bowl recognition in 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The NFL suspended Incognito for the final half of that season, and he was eventually released by Miami before being reinstated by the league the following offseason.More news: Teacher, teen girl in critical condition after shooting at in middle school
Incognito was out of football for 18 months before the Bills signed him to a one-year contract. The Bills had asked him to take a pay cut earlier this offseason, and Incognito appeared to be in favor of it before abruptly changing his mind and firing his former agent, David Dunn. "The stress is killing me".
About six weeks ago, Incognito sent out a series of freakish tweets abruptly announcing he was retiring.More news: NOAA predicts near- or above-normal 2018 hurricane season