Reports: Incognito getting treatment at psychiatric center
EMBATTLED LINEMAN Richie Incognito is undergoing treatment at a psychiatric-care unit in Arizona after checking into the facility late Thursday, multiple media outlets reported yesterday.
Incognito, the player at the center of the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal, which came to a head in November, is seeking help because of stress, according to reports. In a 2013 interview with NFL.com, he spoke of his struggles with anger management and depression.
In an earlier report, TMZ said Incognito checked himself into the facility, then later reported that his admittance was not voluntary.
Brett Romberg, a friend and former teammate of Incognito's with the Rams, told Miami radio stations 104.3 and AM 790 The Ticket that he is concerned for Incognito and that his friend hasn't gotten back in touch with him for a while.
"My wife Emily called me yesterday and was like, 'You need to call Richie,' " he said. "This is really, really bad. This is the first time he hasn't answered my call and answered my text. I'm really, really concerned. Like very concerned."
Incognito's parents are divorcing, and it is believed to be having an impact on Incognito.
"His parents are his backbone in life," Romberg said. "He loves his mom more than anything. His old man loves him to death. His little brother . . . this is just bad. And I'm terrified that he might go about doing something really, really, really bad to himself.
"This is . . . now it's dangerous. I don't think he's going to go as far as to hurt other people now . . . now I think it's just self-inflicted, just breakdown."
Incognito resurfaced in the news Thursday when Scottsdale police checking on reported damage to a car belonging to him said Incognito told an officer he did the damage himself. Scottsdale police have closed the matter because no crime was committed.
Incognito told Fox 10 in Arizona later in the day that he was just "venting" when he smashed his Ferrari with a baseball bat. A photo showed Incognito's car with several dents in its hood and a bat in front of the vehicle. A part of the bat was lodged in the car's grille.
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