Richie Incognito’s tumultuous year continues, per a report by TMZ that says the former left guard for the Buffalo Bills is being involuntarily held for psychiatric evaluation following a confrontation he instigated in a Florida gym.
Per the report, an alleged victim told TMZ that Incognito “threw a tennis ball at him for no reason.” Incognito was characterized as rambling about the government and screamed at the alleged victim to “get off my f***ing playground.” Police were called, but not before Incognito threw a dumbbell at the same individual, per the report. An update to their story indicates that police confirmed that Incognito was taken into custody, and specified that it was for psychiatric evaluation rather than an arrest.
Incognito’s career has been plagued with off-field incidents, including a bullying scandal involving former Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito was given another chance to play in the NFL by the Bills where he has enjoyed a mostly peaceful three years marked by Pro Bowl nods following each season.
This year, Incognito and the Bills restructured his contract in what was regarded as a cap saving move for Buffalo. Soon after, Incognito fired his agent and announced his retirement. Buffalo placed Incognito on the reserve/retired list until May 21st when the team announced his release. It was speculated that Incognito wanted to continue to play and the two parties had mutually agreed to part ways.