Dolphins' Richie Incognito Enters Psych Clinic

He admits he smashed his own car with baseball bat, calls it 'art'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 28, 2014 2:36 PM CST

(Newser) – Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to an Arizona psychiatric clinic, in the wake of an incident in which he smashed his own car with a baseball bat. Sources differ on the circumstances; TMZ's sources say Incognito didn't go to the facility willingly, and that police filled out a form requesting his admission, but the South Florida Sun Sentinel and NFL.com are both reporting that he checked himself in. According to the latter, the Players Association and NFL both urged Incognito to get help.

"After going through what he's been through the last five months, he's mentally exhausted," one source said. Earlier this week, photos surfaced showing Incognito's Ferrari parked half on his lawn and badly damaged, apparently with a baseball bat. Incognito told police yesterday that he'd damaged the $300,000 car himself, ESPN reports. "That was just me venting, that was self expression. That's a piece of art," he quipped in a distinctly affable interview with Fox 10. He plans to donate the car to charity.

In this July 24, 2013 file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) stretches during an NFL football practice in Davie, Fla.
In this July 24, 2013 file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) stretches during an NFL football practice in Davie, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
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