Ex-Bill Richie Incognito Has Bizarre Breakdown at Florida Gym
Described as a 'paranoid' by police officers, recently retired NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito had an apparent meltdown at a Florida gym this week.
Incognito was seen throwing tennis balls and weights at fellow patrons of a Boca Raton fitness center, and seemed to think he was a government agent who was being followed by other gym-goers.
According to an incident report by the Boca Raton Police Department, obtained Thursday by ESPN, the 34-year-old Incognito "believed ordinary citizens were government officials that were tracking and recording him." He was not arrested but was taken into custody under Florida's Baker Act, which allows for involuntary psychiatric commitment for people seen as a danger to themselves or others.
The ESPN story also included this bit of info from the police reports, which seems to indicate Incognito may not be mentally well:
When officers approached him, Incognito told them he was "running NSA class level 3 documents through my phone" and didn't have to explain himself to officers because they didn't have enough clearance, according to the incident report. When later told by officers that his behavior might pose a danger to others, Incognito asked a woman in the swimming pool to call the FBI.
Incognito retired from the NFL last month, after spending three years with the Buffalo Bills as he worked to rebuild his career and reputation. He was at the center of the 'Bullygate' scandal with the Miami Dolphins and teammate Jonathan Martin - who not only accused Incognito of bullying, but also using racial slurs.
And, Incognito came under a similar spotlight just a few months ago in the Bills' playoff game with the Jaguars as Jacksonville's Yannick Ngakoue alleged he was being called racial slurs by Incognito.