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:
Richie Incognito's Victim's Blow-By-Blow: 'I Knew Something Was Off' https://t.co/D54WXiagkG
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) May 24, 2018
“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.
QB Murray out again for XFL Vipers home opener
For the second consecutive week, the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL will have to go with backup quarterbacks in place of the injured, Aaron Murray.
As the Vipers get set to take on Houston in their inaugural home game Saturday afternoon, the XFL made official that Murray will miss his second game due to his lingering foot injury suffered in week one.
Murray has been unable to practice the last two weeks and that means,Tampa Bay will likely turn to Taylor Cornelius for the second straight week to start in his place. Cornelius was shaky a week ago in Seattle completing only 16 – 27 for 154 yards and two INTs, as the Vipers fell to 0- 2 with an 17-9 defeat to the Dragons.
Tampa Bay has yet to score an offensive touchdown in either of its first two games, and the Vipers may look to play former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers more (above) in this one Saturday. While not a traditional pocket passer, but more of a dual-threat, exceptional runner, Flowers has played sparingly in the Vipers first two games.
A week ago in Seattle, Flowers was just 3 – 7 for 43 yards in the air with a “pick six” as a Seattle defender leaped in the air and intercepted his pass at the Vipers one yard line and fell in the endzone.
Flowers also ran 5 times for 15 yards in the loss. He is obviously a fan favorite in the Tampa area having starred at USF in 2016-17.
If there is such a thing as a “hot seat” after only two games in the rebirth of the XFL, Tampa Bay coach Marc Trestman is clearly on it, as offense is supposed to be his forte’. Yet, the Vipers have not been able to sustain much of anything in their two losses to New York and Seattle scoring a total of 12 points.
Saturday’s home opener at Raymond James Stadium will be the first Spring football professional game in the Tampa Bay Area since the final season of the USFL and Steve Spurrier’s Tampa Bay Bandits played at the old Tampa Stadium in 1985.
Report- new 17th game for NFL teams will all be International
More details are coming out on the new proposed collective bargaining agreement for the NFL and its players. And, a report Friday says that the 17 game in the regular season schedule will be a neutral field, international games for every team.
NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported Friday morning that for fairness and schedule balance, the extra game will favor neither team:
Some added details on CBA being voted on by players today:
—Playoff expansion is pretty much tied to CBA approval. So likely no expansion this year if players don’t approve the deal.
—17th game wouldn’t be an international game for every team. Would be a cap on total intl games.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 21, 2020
As it stands right now, the NFL is committed to play at least four games in London each year for its “International Series.” They have done this in each of the last two years. The league is also committed to playing in Mexico City, where are the Chiefs and the Chargers played a Monday Night Football game a year ago.
The NFL has also previously played Buffalo Bills home games in Toronto during the regular season in the last decade.
While Garafolo didn’t get specific details, it appears that the NFL will now play 16 games involving the 32 teams on the international neutral fields.
Of course, as it relates to our state, the Jaguars already have an annual series where they play home games in London. Further, owner Shahid Khan just announced earlier this month that they will be adding a second home game off their Jacksonville schedule in London starting this fall.
That was meant by considerable outrage by the Jaguars fan base, as it takes a second game off of their season ticket.
The Buccaneers just play division rival Carolina at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium a year ago (above), and the Dolphins last played in London against the Saints in the 2017 season.
It had been rumored that the NFL was looking to play as many as eight games in London annually, as soon as possible. It will be easy to see that the NFL varies up the combination and rotation of games between the U.K., Mexico and potentially again, in Canada to help accommodate the 16 total new games being added to the schedule.
When the CBA is ratified, it will be the first time the NFL increases its regular season since the league went from 14 to 16 regular season games in 1978. While this is not expected to go into effect for the 2020 schedule, it is believed that the 17 game schedule with each franchise playing an international game could come into play as soon as 2021.
As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, the league will now have an extra postseason team make the playoffs from each conference. And, that means there will be three NFC and three AFC Wildcard playoff games on the first weekend each January. That could happen as soon as this season, depending on ratification of the new deal.
Under this scenario, only the top-seeded team in each conference would receive a bye the first week and there would be three Wild Card teams pitted against the three division winners. It’s also unclear if the NFL will change the format of allowing division winners, regardless of record, to be able to host play off games. There has been considerable complaining from fans, media and teams about division winners sometimes having 2-3 or sometimes more fewer wins than the Widcard team that they are hosting.
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