A day after admitting to police that he smashed his Ferrari with a baseball bat, Richie Incognito has sought professional help, according to multiple reports.
He has entered an Arizona facility for treatment, the NFL Network’s Jeff Darling reports, after officials from the NFL Players Association and NFL and others reached out to him in an effort to help him with mental issues and stress resulting from an investigation that determined he and other Miami Dolphins were part of a pattern of harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin.
Earlier, this week TMZ Sports published video of Incognito’s dented $300,000 Ferrari and a broken bat outside his Scottsdale, Ariz., home and police told TMZ that Incognito admitted bashing the car. That, Darlington reports, “was only one more sign of the pressures and stress that have pushed him toward a type of behavior that was foreign to even those who had witnessed him during his tenure” in Miami. In the two weeks since the results of the investigation into the bullying in the Dolphins were made public, Incognito “spent several weeks in several hotels in Hawaii and Los Angeles, as multiple parties attempted to intervene,” Darlington reports.
On Friday, TMZ first reported that Incognito had sought help, one day after an odd interview with Fox 10 in Phoenix in which he said he was taking his frustrations out on his car.
“Oh, that was that was just me venting. That was my self-expression. That’s a piece of art,” he said. “The happiest day of my life was when I got that car and now the second-happiest is going to be when I donate it to charity.”
As for the bullying investigation, Incognito said:
“When things went down, that was just unfortunate and we understand it. Me and my dad and my brother, my mom, my dad, Jonathan Martin, the Miami Dolphins, [Dolphins owner] Stephen Ross you — we’re all brothers and sisters. I think we understand that. It’s just time to move on. Words were said, things were done, but at the end of the day we’re all brothers and sisters.”
Ross has said that the offensive lineman won’t be back with the Dolphins. He’ll be a free agent and, for now, he told Fox, he is “just relaxing.” He declined to say what led him to smash the Ferrari and gave no hint that he was headed to a treatment facility.
“The Ferrari is a story unto itself,” he said. “The Ferrari is one entity, but I will tell you this: the Ferrari is going to be for sale through my mission, which is helping the brotherhood, whatever brotherhood it is.”