Report: Incognito placed on psychatric hold following Florida gym incident

May 23, 2018

Former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito has reportedly been put on an involuntary psychiatric hold after getting into an altercation with a man at a Florida gym.

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According to TMZ, police were called after the man claimed Incognito threw a dumbell at him. The alleged victim said Incognito also rambled about the government and screamed at him to "get off my f***ing playground." Incognito was removed from the gym by police and placed on the psychiatric hold for evaluation.

Incognito, 34, was released by the Bills on Monday after earlier this offseason saying he was retiring from football. He then apparently changed his mind and told the Bills he wanted to play for another team, leading the team to release him from its reserved/retired list.

This marks the second time Incognito has been placed on a forced psychiatric hold. The first came following a bullying scandal in 2013 involving teammate Jonathan Martin when Incognito was a member of the Miami Dolphins. Following that highly-publicized situation, he was suspended and sat out a full season before signing with the Bills in 2015. He worked to rehabilitate his image in Buffalo, making the Pro Bowl three times.

The alleged Florida incident is the latest in a string of attention-grabbing behaviors for the New Jersey native. In January, he was accused of using a racial slur toward Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in a playoff game. He agreed to restructure his contract with the Bills, taking a pay cut, and later fired his agent via Twitter. He then announced his intention to retire after the season, citing health issues.