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More details on why former Bills/Dolphins OL Incognito was “Baker Acted” Wednesday

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We have now learned more about why Boca Raton police were called to a local gym Wednesday morning and eventually took former Bills and Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito into custody and then to a psychiatric facility.

As we wrote yesterday, Incognito, who recently retired but then asked his former team the Buffalo Bills to release him to make him available for a possible new NFL team, was working out Wednesday at a Lifetime Fitness in Boca Raton.

For whatever reasons, incognito became upset with another person working out at the facility and began to behave in an aggressive and provoking manner.

TMZ Sports, which broke the story on Wednesday, also landed an exclusive interview later in the afternoon with the other gym customer. Warning the language is NSFW:

“Mark,” as the Tabloid site refers to him, detailed erratic and odd behavior from Incognito. And, at the point where he picked up a weighted dumbbell and threw it at him, almost anyone would have called the police.

It’s also new and interesting information that according to Mark, Incognito ripped a “workout mannequin” that is used for boxing exercise off it’s base and then, sat on it, while making irrational sounds and half sentences. And, as the gym patron told TMZ, at that point, he didn’t know who Incognito was, but knew something was definitely wrong with him.

Boca Raton Police did confirm later on Wednesday that Incognito was not arrested, but that the 34 year old was “Baker Acted” under Florida law, where someone can be held for up to 72 hours for psychological evaluation. He remains there Thursday morning.

Thursday afternoon, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald obtained the actual “incident” report from the Boca Raton Police. He detailed that Incognito was obviously in an altered state:

When police approached Incognito, he told them he was training when he felt like he was being watched.

“There’s a guy walking around with head phones on,” Incognito, 34, said according to the report. “I’m running NSA class level 3 documents through my phone. I can’t have anybody in blue tooth capability of me or taking pictures of me.”

When police asked Incognito what he was talking about, Incognito said he couldn’t tell them because they didn’t have high enough clearance, according to the report.

The report also states that Incognito took the over-the-counter supplement “Shroom Tech,” his hands were shaking, his speech was erratic and that he would “suddenly jump up and move locations without warning.” When told he could potentially be a danger to others, Incognito asked a woman in the nearby pool to call the FBI, according to the report.

Investigators ultimately concluded that “Incognito was suffering from an altered, paranoid state and believed ordinary citizens were government officials that were tracking him and recording him.”

Incognito has had a 12-year career littered with controversy and suspension, and it’s likely that this incident will scare off any team once and for all, from giving him yet another chance to play pro football in the NFL.

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New Jersey authorities charge Janoris Jenkins brother in homicide at his home

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It only took a little over 24 hours for authorities in Bergen County, New Jersey to make an arrest in the homicide at the home of New York Giants defensive back Janoris Jenkins. And as it turns out, Jenkins older brother William is being charged aggravated manslaughter in the death of 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene.

Rene, who had been staying at the Jenkins home as a guest and friend of the family, was found by a worker in the basement of the home on Tuesday morning.

The 34 year old older brother, William Jenkins had been taken into custody early Tuesday in New Jersey and was sent to Ontario County, New York on a parole violation. He is in the process of being extradited across the New York/New Jersey state lines to Bergen County to face the manslaughter charge.

On Monday evening the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that Rene had been strangled or suffocated to death.

Meanwhile. Janoris Jenkins, who just completed his second season with the Giants after signing as a free agent, is reportedly still in Florida. And, he has yet to comment either himself or through a spokesperson about the death at his home.

Janoris Jenkins was not believed to have been home this weekend as neighbors  reported that he and his girlfriend had gone to Florida two weeks ago after Giants mini-camp at concluded.

The Giants have had no comment other than they are monitoring the situation.

As we wrote on Monday, Jenkins is a former star at Pahokee High School where they won the state championship and was part of the Gators National Championship season of 2008 as a freshman in Gainesville.

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Is there a referee crisis for the NFL?

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Over the course of the past couple of weeks a story has developed that isn’t getting nearly as much attention as it probably should.

Yes, whether or not Bucs QB Jameis Winston is suspended for at least the first three games of the season is a big deal.

Whether or not Quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski are happy or unhappy with the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick is also a big deal.

And yes, whether or not players, like Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, can get new contracts or will be holding out come training camp next month is again, a big deal.

However, we haven’t seen nearly as much coverage on something that is also very significant once the game start being played. There are four former NFL referees from a year ago that have all resigned/retired and that’s a big number all at once.

As is laid out here, with the NBC official announcement Thursday that former referee Terry McAulay will be joining NBC Sunday Night Football in the booth, that means three of them will be in the Network TV booth this fall:

There has already been some eyebrow raising at Triplette going to Monday Night Football as a rules expert for ESPN, but they obviously had a need when Gerry Austin agreed to go join former MNF analyst Jon Gruden in a newly created position with the Raiders.

And as for Steratore, who worked Superbowl 52 last year, he will serve not only in the booth with the Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, but will be used as a college basketball rules analyst this winter for CBS’ hoops coverage. He’s shown above dealing with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll being on the field and flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct in their December loss at the Jaguars.

The fourth referee is Ed Hochuli, who is retiring and yet to have a TV role, if there is one for him.

The bigger point is that everyone of these head referees are long time veterans and represent approximately 25-30% of the referees who work weekends in the NFL.

And in the cases of Steratore and McAulay, they are younger than Triplette and Hochuli, and could have conceivably been referees another 10 years or so, had they wanted.

So, why didn’t they want to continue?

Former supervisor of the NFL officials and now Fox TV rules analyst, Mike Pereira, has repeatedly expressed that due to the micromanaging that HD replay reviews have caused, that many of the “rank and file” are disgruntled and discouraged.

And, if several on field officials can follow his lead and end up with a high paying network TV gig, then who can begrudge them?

Still, we at F.F.I. can’t hope but wonder if this kind of turnover with head referees will have some effect with the new ones taking over botching calls or situations come this fall.

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Former Bucs first round pick McCants arrested, again

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The sad tale of former Buccaneers number one pick Keith McCants continues, as early Monday morning he was arrested, yet again, this time in St. Petersburg for drug possession.

McCants, who was taken fourth overall as the Bucs first round pick in 1990, was booked in the Pinellas County jail for felony possession of crack cocaine.

According to jail records, this is the ninth different time that McCants has been arrested on some charge in the Tampa Bay area in the last eight years.

McCants, now 50 years old, never lived up to the billing of being taken in the top five, as he played only three seasons in Tampa Bay,. He battled weight and knee problems and only registered 12 sacks in three seasons. He also played for the Oilers and the Cardinals in subsequent seasons, but was out of the NFL by 1995.

McCants has repeatedly tried to get his life in order, including giving motivational speeches and writing an essay in the Sporting News in 2011 warning younger players about dangers with drugs, etc. and his troubles. 

The former Alabama All American was also featured on the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Broke” in 2012, where he detailed how he had lost all of his $4.5 million dollars from his playing career.

McCants was booked at 4:24 a.m. in the Pinellas County Jail Monday morning and bonded out at $2,000  on the felony charge for drug possession, and also for driving with a revoked or suspended license.

One of McCants previous arrests was for driving with a suspended license in January of this year and he was to have stood trial on July 10th on that charge.

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