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Richie Incognito

Involuntary Psychiatric Hold

2/28/2014 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0228_incognito_gettyRichie Incognito is being held on an involuntary psychiatric hold ... but HE was the one who initially wanted to get help ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Sources tell us ... Richie was hanging out with a friend last night -- when they started drinking and talking about all of the drama in Richie's life ... including why he smashed up his Ferrari with a baseball bat. Sources tell us ... Richie has been on the verge of a breakdown from all of the stress connected to the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal AND his parents' divorce. We're told Richie was aware of his situation -- and was wrestling with the idea of seeking psychiatric help for a while ... but was scared because of the frightening "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" imagery connected to a psych ward. We're told Richie got very emotional during the conversation with his friend Thursday night ... and eventually both men decided Incognito should seek immediate psychological help. Problem was ... our sources tell us they realized they were too drunk to drive -- so they called police to ask for a ride to the psychiatric facility. Our sources tell us Richie initially checked himself in to the facility ... but shortly after he arrived, he freaked out and wanted to leave. That's when multiple people sprang into action and secured an involuntary commitment order. The involuntary commitment is on a ticking clock ... and it's unclear if his family will move to get a conservatorship after the involuntary commitment runs its course.
Sources tell us ... Richie was hanging out with a friend last night -- when they started drinking and talking about all of the drama in Richie's life ... including why he smashed up his Ferrari with a baseball bat. 

Sources tell us ... Richie has been on the verge of a breakdown from all of the stress connected to the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal AND his parents' divorce. 

We're told Richie was aware of his situation -- and was wrestling with the idea of seeking psychiatric help for a while ... but was scared because of the frightening "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" imagery connected to a psych ward. 

We're told Richie got very emotional during the conversation with his friend Thursday night ... and eventually both men decided Incognito should seek immediate psychological help. 

Problem was ... our sources tell us they realized they were too drunk to drive -- so they called police to ask for a ride to the psychiatric facility. 

Our sources tell us Richie initially checked himself in to the facility ... but shortly after he arrived, he freaked out and wanted to leave. 

That's when multiple people sprang into action and secured an involuntary commitment order. 

The involuntary commitment is on a ticking clock ... and it's unclear if his family will move to get a conservatorship after the involuntary commitment runs its course.

Richie Incognito

Admitted to Psychiatric Care Center

Family, Friends Concerned

2/28/2014 8:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Richie Incognito was admitted to a psychiatric care unit in Arizona late Thursday night ... TMZ Sportshas learned.


Our sources tell us ... Incognito did not voluntarily admit himself and the Scottsdale PD filled out a petition to have Incognito admitted to the facility. 

Scottsdale PD will not comment on the situation due to HIPAA laws (patient privacy rights). 

We're told ... standard operating procedure is that the PD petition requires a detailed description of at least two incidents that show psychiatric instability, however Scottsdale PD has not confirmed this is the case with Incognito. 

We already know Incognito admitted taking a baseball bat to his own Ferrari -- unclear if that incident was listed on the petition. 

Sources connected to the situation tell us ... Incognito didn't resist ... and acknowledges that he needs help dealing with all of the drama in his life. 

Besides being the focus of a 5 month NFL investigation where he's accused of bullying Jonathan Martin, Incognito's parents are also in the middle of a divorce

We're told Incognito is being held at the facility until a bed opens up at a nearby hospital ... where he can undergo an evaluation by a mental health professional. 

We spoke to several people close to Incognito who tell us they've been very concerned about Richie in recent days and were hoping he would get help. 

Story developing ... 
Our sources tell us ... Incognito did not voluntarily admit himself and the Scottsdale PD filled out a petition to have Incognito admitted to the facility. 

Scottsdale PD will not comment on the situation due to HIPAA laws (patient privacy rights). 

We're told ... standard operating procedure is that the PD petition requires a detailed description of at least two incidents that show psychiatric instability, however Scottsdale PD has not confirmed this is the case with Incognito. 

We already know Incognito admitted taking a baseball bat to his own Ferrari -- unclear if that incident was listed on the petition. 

Sources connected to the situation tell us ... Incognito didn't resist ... and acknowledges that he needs help dealing with all of the drama in his life. 

Besides being the focus of a 5 month NFL investigation where he's accused of bullying Jonathan Martin, Incognito's parents are also in the middle of a divorce

We're told Incognito is being held at the facility until a bed opens up at a nearby hospital ... where he can undergo an evaluation by a mental health professional. 

We spoke to several people close to Incognito who tell us they've been very concerned about Richie in recent days and were hoping he would get help. 

Story developing ...

Richie Incognito

On Smashed Ferrari:

'That Was Just Me Venting'

2/28/2014 7:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Richie Incognito says he decided to take a baseball bat to his Ferrari to "vent" ... explaining, "That was self expression, that's a piece of art."

Incognito finally talked about the photos posted by TMZ Sports to Fox10 in Phoenix ... and why he wouldn't explain what set him off and triggered him to go all smashy smashy to his ride, he now says he wants to get rid of it.

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"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."

Richie says he now wants to focus on relaxing ... and taking his father and brother to baseball games.

As for the Ferrari, Incognito says the profits from the sale will be donated to charity ... but so far, he hasn't decided which one he'll donate to.

Richie Incognito

Smashed Ferrari Himself

... Cops Say

2/27/2014 8:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0226_incognito_ferrari_TMZRichie Incognito SMASHED HIS OWN FERRARI with a baseball bat ... at least, that's what he told police this morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We broke the story ... neighbor's noticed someone had taken a bat to the front of the Richie's black Ferrari in front of his home in AZ yesterday.  

Now, the Scottsdale Police Department tells us ... they spoke with Richie early this morning and he admitted he took the bat to his own car.

Clearly, Incognito was pissed about something ... but we don't know what set him off.

We reached out to Richie's people for comment -- so far, no word back.

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Richie Incognito

Parents Divorcing

Richie Supports the Whole Family

2/27/2014 8:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0227_incognito_gettyAs if he didn't have enough going on in his life, Richie Incognito's parents have filed for divorce ... and in docs, his dad claims Richie supports his entire family ... TMZ Sports as learned.

Richie's father filed for divorce in Arizona on October 31, 2013 ... just 3 days after Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins due to Incognito's alleged bullying.

In the court documents obtained by TMZ Sports, Richie's dad praises his son for essentially keeping the family afloat for years during extremely hard financial times.

In the docs, Richie's father writes ... "If it was not for the kindness of our son we would have been living in a tent when we lost our home."

In addition to helping out with their living situation, Richie's dad says ... "I have a son at ASU. His tuition is paid by his brother."

The divorce is still in the courts. We reached out to Richie's people for comment -- so far, no word back.

Richie Incognito

FERRARI SMASHED

In Apparent Baseball Bat Attack

2/26/2014 5:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0226_incognito_ferrari_launch2Someone smashed up Richie Incognito's expensive black Ferrari with a baseball bat ... in front of the NFL player's home in Scottsdale, AZ ... and TMZ Sports has photos of the destruction.

Sources tell TMZ Sports ... Richie's neighbors first noticed the car had been attacked on Wednesday afternoon.

You can see a baseball bat lying in front of the car ... with a piece of the bat stuck in the grill. There are also red shirts hanging from the car -- we're told they have Incognito's name written on them.

It appears to be the very same Ferrari that Incognito had delivered to his Miami home back in November -- right in the middle of the fallout from the Jonathan Martin situation.

So far it's unclear who smashed the car ... or why. Also, unclear if Richie was home at the time of the attack.

We called the Scottsdale PD for more info -- so far, no word back.

Richie Incognito

'I'M MISUNDERSTOOD'

I Just Wanna Play Football

2/23/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Richie Incognito has issued another apology ... though it's unclear why ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

The embattled Miami Dolphins lineman was out in Beverly Hills this week -- with another hot blonde on his arm -- when he explained that he's a misunderstood guy who "just wants to play football."

"I'm misunderstood ... but you know what ... I apologize."

We're not really sure if he's apologizing for being misunderstood -- or apologizing for all of the things he allegedly did to Jonathan Martin -- but he seems to be sorry for something.

Know what he's not sorry about? Being a ladies man ... because the next night, he was hanging out with 5 GIRLS outside of a Hollywood nightclub.

Don't hate the player ...

Richie Incognito

I AM A ROLE MODEL

Don't Drink and Drive, Kids!

2/22/2014 7:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022214_richie_incognito_launchSporting his finest Sigma Chi fraternity t-shirt, Richie Incognito hit the Hollywood bar scene again ... and this time, acknowledged that he's a role model.

TMZ Sports shot footage of the Miami Dolphins player rolling into Warwick on the Sunset Strip -- after arriving in his Uber chauffeuered car.

On his way out, Richie got back into his hired ride and had some words of advice for his fellow partiers  -- DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.

Even Jonathan Martin can't argue with that.

Richie Incognito

CHICKS LOVE ME

Pulls 5 Girls at Hollywood Nightclub

2/21/2014 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022114_richie_incognito_1oak_launch_v2Richie Incognito was lady-killin' in Hollywood last night ... with 5 GIRLS getting into his car outside of a Sunset Strip nightclub ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.

Incognito was partying at 1OAK last night ... where we asked him if he had any advice for another NFL star in crisis, Ray Rice.

But Richie was more focused on another situation -- the 5 ladies from Wisconsin who were clearly interested in spending some private time with the embattled football star.

The girls all piled into his waiting ride ... but got out after only a few minutes. They hinted they were gonna meet up with Richie later in the evening.

But the best part ... when we asked the girls if Richie could be considered a good role model -- one of the ladies shot back -- "NO!! Because we are 18-years-old!"

Ha.

Richie Incognito

HITS THE CLUBS

Wells Report Won't Bring Me Down!!

2/16/2014 10:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Despite being demonized in the Wells Report, Richie Incognito hit the L.A. club scene last night -- to party like he didn't have a care in the world ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

Incognito hit up Warwick bar and lounge on Sunset Blvd. Saturday night -- sporting a big 'ol smile and a hat that read, "SWAG."

It was clear, incognito didn't want to talk about Jonathan Martin -- or the Wells Report -- or anything else related to the allegations that he bullied people on the Miami Dolphins ... but DID want to talk about Johnny Manziel.

In fact, Richie stopped and explained why he thinks Johnny's a "hell of a football player" and why he'll go in the first round in the NFL Draft.

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Richie Incognito

PENIS ALARM CLOCK

... Investigator Says

2/14/2014 1:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0214-richie-incognito-getty-01Richie Incognito posed for a photo with his penis thiiiis close to the ear of a sleeping Miami Dolphins teammate ... this according to NFL investigators.

In the report, spearheaded by Ted Wells, investigators say the offensive linemen "routinely communicated and behaved in a profane manner" and sometimes sent each other shocking photos on the group text message chain.

One of the pics, according to investigators, shows Incognito "holding his penis near the ear of a sleeping or unconscious teammate."

At the time the photo was taken, Richie was surrounded by other laughing teammates, including Jonathan Martin.

Another pic features "Incognito's own excrement."

You stay classy, Miami.

Richie Incognito

NFL REPORT IS WRONG

I'm Not a Bully!!!

2/14/2014 10:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0214-richie-incognito-martin-gettyRichie Incognito says the report released by NFL investigators is "replete with errors" ... and he still maintains he NEVER bullied Jonathan Martin

Incognito’s attorney Mark Schamel tells TMZ Sports ... "Mr. Wells' NFL report is replete with errors. The facts do not support a conclusion that Jonathan Martin's mental health, drug use, or on field performance issues were related to the treatment by his teammates."

As we previously reported ... the NFL investigation, led by Ted Wells, stated Martin WAS INDEED harassed and bullied by Incognito and two other members of the Miami Dolphins. 

Schamel continues, "It is disappointing that Mr. Wells would have gotten it so wrong, but not surprising.  The truth, as reported by the Dolphins players and as shown by the evidence, is that Jonathan Martin was never bullied by Richie Incognito or any member of the Dolphins Offensive line."

"We are analyzing the entire report and will release a thorough analysis as soon as it is ready.”

NFL Investigation

Incognito and Teammates BULLIED Martin

Bragged About 'Breaking Jmart'

2/14/2014 7:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The NFL investigation into Richie Incognito has been released ... and it says the Miami Dolphins player DID bully Jonathan Martin ALONG WITH OTHER PEOPLE in the Dolphins organization.

The report, led by investigator Ted Wells,  says ... "After a thorough examination of the facts, we conclude that three starters on the Dolphins offensive line, Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman ... and a member of the training staff."

The report continues, "We find that the Assistant Trainer repeatedly was targeted with racial slurs and other racially derogatory language. Player A frequently was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching."

"Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments."

Among the insults geared toward his sister, the report find Incognito, Pouncey and Jerry would fire out things like:

-- "Hear your sister has a wolf-puss. A fat, hairy p**sy."
-- "Hey, Jmart's sister is in town. Get the plastic sheets ready, she's a squirter."
-- "We are going to run a train on your sister."
-- "I'm going to bang the sh*t out of her and spit on her and treat her like sh*t."

We know Incognito and Pouncey are tight ... in fact, the two went berserk together in a bar in Florida, with a shirtless Incognito screaming the N-word and stomping around the place.

021414_richie_nbomb_launchInvestigators say ... Jonathan Martin had a fragile mindset going into the team -- partly because he had been bullied in middle school and high school. Martin's depression led to suicidal thoughts in 2013 ... after the bullying by his Dolphins teammates.

In the report, investigators say ...one of the offensive lineman was "often was called a 'f*g' or 'f*ggot' and was 'accused of sucking d*ck and pissing while sitting down, asked where's your boyfriend?"

Investigators also say one of the linemen was once physically restrained by Pouncey -- who told Jerry to "come get some pussy."

"Jerry responded by touching [the player's] buttocks in a way that simulated anal penetration."

The report says Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner was aware of the running joke that [one of the linemen] was gay ... and on at least one occasion participated in the taunting.

The report also mentions that Incognito -- and other members of the offensive line -- would use a notebook to track fines issued by their "kangaroo court."

According to the report, Incognito recorded a $200 fine against himself for "Breaking Jmart" ... which meant he caused Martin to have an emotional reaction to the bullying.

Investigators say Incognito then tried to destroy the book to cover his tracks.

The report includes a "Pros and Cons list" about continuing to play football ... which he wrote in the midst of the bullying.

On the "pros" list -- it's fun, he can make a lot of money, he'll have a legacy.

The "cons" list paints a sad picture:

-- "I hate going in everyday."
-- "Maybe I'll start to like myself."
-- "I am unable to socialize with my teammates in their crude manner."

As for Incognito's claims that Martin made up the allegations -- investigators are clear ... "We reject the assertion by Incognito that Martin has fabricated claims of harassment after the fact."

Ultimately, investigators concluded ... "We encourage the creation of new workplace conduct rules and guidelines that will help ensure that players respect each other as professionals and people."

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