NFL player Richie Incognito placed on 'involuntary psychiatric hold' after bizarre incident at gym


Another confusing and troubling story involving Richie Incognito has resulted in the Pro Bowl lineman being placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold.

The alleged incident happened Wednesday morning at the Life Time gym in Boca Raton, Florida.

TMZ Sports spoke to a person at the gym who said an argument with Incognito led to the former Buffalo Bills guard throwing first a tennis ball and then a dumbbell at the person.

The alleged victim said Incognito began muttering about the government and then told him to “get off my f—ing playground.”

The 6-foot-4, 322-pound lineman was not arrested, but was taken into custody under the state’s “Baker’s Act,” which allows authorities to commit someone seen as a danger to themselves or others.

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Natalie Bushaw, Life Time gym senior director of public relations, said via the Palm Beach Post that Incognito “will not be welcomed back on the premises.”

“For us, it’s a matter of making sure we are creating a safe and respectful environment for our club,” Bushaw said.

Incognito, of course, first gained national notoriety in the 2013 bullying scandal of then-Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin.

He sat out the entire 2014 season before signing with Buffalo, where he revived his career.

Incognito made his fourth Pro Bowl last season, but he was accused of using a racial slur toward a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars in a playoff defeat.

He and the Bills agreed to a new contract for the 2018 season in March, which included a $1.7 million pay cut.

Weeks later, Incognito, though, fired his agent via Twitter, then shockingly retired, telling the Buffalo News, “My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing me.”

Shortly after that announcement, Incognito expressed his desire to play next season.

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The Bills released him Monday, making him a free agent.

TMZ reported that Sunday, prior to his release, Incognito was at a bar buying drinks for other patrons.

He is being held under that psychiatric hold for observation.

It sure seems as though Incognito has much bigger problems than anything involving football.

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