*Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito has reportedly checked himself into a psychiatric care unit in Arizona on Thursday night, one day after revealing he had smashed his own car with a baseball bat.
Incognito, the focus of the team’s bullying and harassment scandal, is reportedly seeking counseling to help him deal with stress.
Scottsdale, Ariz., police responded to reported damage to Incognito’s Ferrari, which he said he caused. The matter was closed since no crime was committed.
*Offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who was at the center of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, for some reason took a baseball bat to his Ferrari, damaging the hood and grill, according to the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Police Department.
Sgt. Mark Clark said the police became aware of this situation after TMZ brought it to their attention Wednesday afternoon. He said the Dolphins guard took responsibility when police contacted him Thursday.
“They provided us with a photo of a damaged car and reported it to belong to Mr. Incognito, and they gave us an address,” Clark said. “We went out there and checked to see if there was a damaged car there. There was no car and no one answered the door.
*As the NFL’s competition committee soon considers a rule that would penalize players for using the N-word on the field, one veteran believes it will be difficult for the league to police the use of the racial slur, reports ESPN.
“I think it’s going to be really tough to legislate this rule, to find a way to penalize everyone who uses this word,” Ryan Clark, a Pittsburgh Steelers safety who’s spent 12 years in the league, told ESPN’s Bob Ley during an “Outside The Lines” special report. “And it’s not going to be white players using it toward black players. Most of the time you hear it, it’s black players using the word.”
The OTL broadcast aired Sunday night, just days after the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, said he expects the league to establish a rule that would call for a 15-yard penalty for players who use the N-word on the field. John Wooten, the head of the alliance, anticipates that the competition committee will enact the rule at the owners’ meeting in late March.
*After Richie Incognito deleted his Twitter account Friday in the wake of an independent investigator’s report on bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room, he returned to the social media website Monday and apologized to teammate Jonathan Martin early Tuesday morning.
“I would like to send Jonathan my apologies as well. Until someone tells me different you are still my brother. No hard feelings :)”
Incognito also apologized to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, whose organization he’s caused major embarrassment and a ton of negative publicity.
*The report is now in and it doesn’t make Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito and others look good.
A 148-page document of attorney Ted Wells’ three-month investigation into alleged bullying concluded that Incognito as well as linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey “engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.”
Richie Incognito (L) and Jonathan Martin
*NFL investigator Ted Wells’ report on the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal concluded that Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.
Wells was retained by commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 6 to examine the club’s workplace environment. His findings were released Friday, reports ESPN.
“The Report finds that the assistant trainer repeatedly was the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language; that the other offensive lineman was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching; and that 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,” Wells said in a press release.