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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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