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Report: Richie Incognito getting treatment in Arizona

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While it has been easy to make Richie Incognito a punch line for things like smashing his own car, it’s as clear that there are real issues lying underneath the shock value.

As such, he’s getting some help.

According to Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network, Incognito has “accepted professional help in the wake of severe mental stress,” and is being treated at a facility in Arizona.

Incognito’s behavior has never been what is generally described as “normal,” and his treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, swinging from protective big brother to bully, only adds to that impression.

Hopefully, he gets the help he needs to become a well-adjusted member of society, beyond any football implications.

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76 Responses to “Report: Richie Incognito getting treatment in Arizona”
  1. floratiotime says: Feb 28, 2014 11:16 AM

    Had he instead beaten a minority with a bat in Arizona he wouldn’t be getting treatment … he’d be elected to office.

  2. tonyugoh says: Feb 28, 2014 11:18 AM

    Maybe if he hadn’t been a douche in the first place none of this would’ve happened, ZERO sympathy for him whatsoever.

  3. richndc says: Feb 28, 2014 11:20 AM

    uh, BS. He may have agreed to get some help. He may even talk once or twice to a “professional”, but it will take more than a press announcement to change this guy, who has shown no desire to change or recognize that he needs to. He is acting, under advisement, to try and save his football career (likely done for good as a starter or contributor). That’s all this is–NEXT!

  4. seatownballers says: Feb 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    Good. Get him off Twitter, and in group therapy

  5. rahavort says: Feb 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    This headline should have the word “finally” in it somewhere

  6. SparkyGump says: Feb 28, 2014 11:23 AM

    If he can overcome his demons and just mellow out, I actually see a bright future for Mr. Incognito as a motivational speaker. His experiences can help him turn around young bullies and help their victims.

  7. seatownballers says: Feb 28, 2014 11:23 AM

    Did he bring his bat?

  8. wydok says: Feb 28, 2014 11:25 AM

    Arizona… makes sense.

  9. bigbaldpapahawk says: Feb 28, 2014 11:26 AM

    Good for him. I am tired of winter. I could use some treatment in Arizona too.

  10. silverhornet says: Feb 28, 2014 11:27 AM

    well this is about 20 months late, but it’s hopefully good news for him nonetheless.

  11. stubbyjones says: Feb 28, 2014 11:27 AM

    c’mon…suck it up buttercup! sucks when the shoe is on the other foot huh Ritchie?

  12. annes22 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:28 AM

    He needs help that’s obvious. I am glad he has finally realized. I wish him the best, because Jonathon Martin has a lot to do with all the trouble with the Dolphins. He’s no innocent person.

  13. blackandbluedivision says: Feb 28, 2014 11:29 AM

    Soooo. We’re supposed to feel sorry for him now? This feels like another PR ploy. He’s trying to save his career not get better.

  14. singletitle says: Feb 28, 2014 11:34 AM

    I’d like to say I hope Mr. Incognito gets the help he needs, but I have a feeling there are other reasons behind his trip to “rehab”.

  15. 12brichandfamous says: Feb 28, 2014 11:34 AM

    In some ways, I feel sorry for him. Yes, he caused his troubles, but it does not play out in public at any other job. At most places of work, HR problems like this are handled behind closed doors and not in the media.

    This has turned into a bonfire of the vanities. Jesse Jackson will soon be involved.

  16. glenuendo says: Feb 28, 2014 11:35 AM

    I really how he gets the help he needs but I’m thinking it is gonna take more than “counseling”.

  17. Mark Olwick says: Feb 28, 2014 11:38 AM

    An obvious ploy by his agent and lawyers to repair his image. I’m sure he’ll come out of this “100% cured and employable”.

  18. bspurloc says: Feb 28, 2014 11:38 AM

    he beat his car cuz he was mad jan brewer caved to world pressure…

  19. till3r says: Feb 28, 2014 11:40 AM

    Can’t wait to see what he does when he’s unemployed.

  20. tanstewie says: Feb 28, 2014 11:40 AM

    Its crazy ghat a guy who’s so ill adjusted for society has almost the perfect mentality for the nfl. When his playing days are over I cannot imagine him not struggling…or worse. Glad he’s getting help

  21. noahbird says: Feb 28, 2014 11:40 AM

    When you finally accept that you can’t fit in your quarter million dollar car then your only option is treatment.

  22. chuckh13 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:42 AM

    Hope he gets help he needs

  23. jayniner says: Feb 28, 2014 11:44 AM

    How many lawyers are lining up recommending he counter-sue Jonathan Martin and the Dolphins for mental anguish?

  24. qdog112 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:44 AM

    Paint him green and get out of his way.

    Didn’t he call Martin a punk for getting treatment?

  25. schmitty2 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:46 AM

    Calculated ploy by him IMO. He is going to blame the issue with him bullying on “mental issues” so everyone will give him a free pass when anyone with half a brain knows its mostly due to roid rage.

  26. rgiii2dc says: Feb 28, 2014 11:46 AM

    Get him out of our state! We don’t need more bad publicity!

  27. bygd1 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:51 AM

    While he was in Buffalo he also was forced to get treatment for anger issues, he had legal problems in Buffalo for Anger , This I am afraid will only end one way, Badly

  28. bbb82 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:51 AM

    Best decision he has made in a long time. Hope it helps him.

  29. 6ball says: Feb 28, 2014 11:51 AM

    .

    He may have “Intermittent Explosive Disorder” where people go off unexpectedly. It was best characterized by Jim Carey in the movie, “Me, Myself and Irene”

    .

  30. scaredhitless says: Feb 28, 2014 11:54 AM

    With his raised profile he’s not going to the treatment facility “incognito.”

    I’ll be here all week folks. Make sure to tip the waitress.

  31. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 28, 2014 11:54 AM

    I wonder if he’s going to have to beat up everybody to get out of the hospital again?

  32. elway6532 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:58 AM

    Why does everyone feel the need to pile on when Richie finally tries to get some help? Nice. Very charitable!

  33. ebr362 says: Feb 28, 2014 12:02 PM

    Gotta love the rightious here that condemn a person that finally realizes he has a problem and is taking steps to help himself……Bravo know it alls, you should all be so proud of yourselves!

  34. cjas9298 says: Feb 28, 2014 12:05 PM

    I guess there are problems that violence cannot solve. Go figure.

  35. anonymous135 says: Feb 28, 2014 12:06 PM

    Good luck bro, you need it.

    You are the stereotype

  36. richardmswartz says: Feb 28, 2014 12:08 PM

    People just don’t beat their cars. The dude probably could use a combination of therapy and the right medication.

  37. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 28, 2014 12:08 PM

    In other words, his agent told him that if he ever expects to see another dollar playing in the NFL, he better do what all celebrities do and pretend he’s getting help.

  38. wtfchiefs says: Feb 28, 2014 12:20 PM

    PR move. Richie Incognito reality show to follow I am sure

  39. Max says: Feb 28, 2014 12:20 PM

    Richie needs to look at Darren Sharper and realize it could be worse!

  40. weepingjebus says: Feb 28, 2014 12:20 PM

    Hopefully he’s getting that upper arm looked at as well, I don’t like the looks of that dark wavy pattern. I hope it’s benign!

  41. tvjules says: Feb 28, 2014 12:21 PM

    Philbin first learned that Richie needed help when he read about it on profootballtalk.com

  42. smilesaustin says: Feb 28, 2014 12:21 PM

    I’m no psychiatrist, but I’ve been around guys like Incognito in my life. They don’t like to lose control and they don’t like to feel disrespected.

    In the real world, not many people are ever going to mess with a guy his size and especially with his aggressive demeanor, so he gets to overpower people and nobody ever calls him out on it. If they do, he just gets aggressive and there will either be a fight or the other person will back down. Either way, the problem ends there.

    This situation is different. He’s being attacked by people he can’t just punch or threaten to get them to shut up. He has lost control and he can’t handle it.

    Obviously being ripped on by millions of people would upset anybody, but it is going to bother a guy like Incognito worse than most others. I’m glad he’s getting help, but hopefully they’re telling him the same things I’m saying. You can’t overpower people forever and in every situation. Sometimes you will lose control and you’ve got to learn to deal with that.

  43. spartyownsyou says: Feb 28, 2014 12:21 PM

    Where are all the people who defended Incognito and claimed that Martin was somehow to blame for being constantly harassed and bullied now? All I hear is crickets. This guy is obviously insane but that was apparent to any intelligent, thinking person even way before the Martin incident.

  44. imthaschmidt says: Feb 28, 2014 12:33 PM

    i love how this guy gets bashed on this website. He is a football player!!! what do you want him to do? sit down with a therapist and cry it out? this guy deserves to be in the NFL and i would love to have him on my team. If he goes to a different team where captains are already in place he will have to prove he belongs and wont do half the shenanigans he did in Miami. Hard Worker/ NFL Veteran/ bring him to my team please. i would rather have incognito than martin any day.

  45. chickphina says: Feb 28, 2014 12:34 PM

    Come on, people. There were texts he sent to J. Martin admitting that he had to seek help previously. Beneath all of those tattoos and tough exterior there is a human being that has emotions and feelings. (I’m sure that will get a lot of thumbs down.) After all of the negative attention and pressure he’s been under for months it’s no surprise that he needs help.

  46. jackburton77 says: Feb 28, 2014 12:39 PM

    What an ironic last name. It’s like calling a fat guy “tiny.”

  47. sinisterg says: Feb 28, 2014 12:44 PM

    He should play for Oakland….

  48. nicofthenorthstar says: Feb 28, 2014 12:47 PM

    Oh the irony.

  49. username5891 says: Feb 28, 2014 12:51 PM

    The problem with this whole thing is Martin thinks he’s the 1st person to ever have mental issues. I’m tired of all the Martin defense. This guy got so many ppl fired over his issues.

  50. kate773 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:00 PM

    Ha. The commenters here complaining that people are not being “charitable” enough to RI are probably the same ones who condemned JM for being too soft and not being able to take the abuse.

  51. gjdodger2 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:04 PM

    I don’t believe any of this. I don’t believe he beat up his own car; I don’t believe he’s getting treatment. He’s a cold, calculating sumbitch, and I think he’s decided the sympathy card played well for Martin so it might work for him. He just wants to get another NFL job and has decided the bombastic, unrepentant attitude he displayed before the report came out should be jettisoned. It’s the newer, cuddlier Richie.

  52. ravens533 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:06 PM

    I hope that Richie is truly ready to get some much needed help. If he does not, I fear we will one day see a headline about Richie killing someone in one of his outburst.

  53. vegasgreek says: Feb 28, 2014 1:12 PM

    He’ll sign with the Raiders and they’ll move back to LA & ressurect the Dynasty in 3-4 years . Book It .

  54. kevo95 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:12 PM

    That won’t help he’s a big mess

  55. schmitty2 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    For all of you that are upset that people are bashing him, he has well documented anger issues that date back 9 years to his rookie season. Don’t you find it just a tad ironic that only now, after all this bullying stuff came out and he is getting blasted on a national level that he decides to go seek “help”?

  56. denverbronconj says: Feb 28, 2014 1:16 PM

    JMart should write in the “players book” that he fines himself $1000 for breaking the Tornado.
    Ha Ha

    The truth has set him free to have a mental breakdown….so much for being a tough guy……

    I hope all of you who have criticized JMart for being a wimp, realize how pathetic your comments were when the instigator has a mental breakdown

  57. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 28, 2014 1:18 PM

    Football aside, there’s no reason why Incognito can’t recover from his demons and go on to be a successful, recovered member of society and help others. Here’s hoping he gets well

  58. urbusted2 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:28 PM

    I think he’s a result of the NFL culture of the past to present. I hope he gets the help he needs. What bothers me is the lack of accountability the NFL has shown over issues such as this. I don’t for a minute believe they didn’t know of these type of clubhouse mentalities. They should have been more proactive in sensitivity / diversity training all along. Use of social media education should be intensified as well.

  59. dolphincritic says: Feb 28, 2014 1:31 PM

    I have no idea if Richie has some devious motive for checking in to the mental ward but I am certain that Richie can become a better person with help.

    I also believe that coach Philbin and his staff were aware that Richie is not right. Incognito kis not the guy you put on your leadership council. Asking Richie to toughen up anyone is an illustration of very poor judgement.

    Philbin needs to go now!

  60. don2074978 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:36 PM

    Sad that he can’t be joined by every state legislator who voted for SB 1062

  61. cameron poe says: Feb 28, 2014 1:43 PM

    Looks like this has turned into an involuntary hold after Richie admitted himself. So, one can assume there is a legitimate problem with his mental state. Maybe, folks should hate just a little less, seeing as how no one really knows the exact details of whats going on in this mans head.

  62. bradygirl12 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:45 PM

    You would think that he would have taken a good hard look at himself months ago when it all hit the fan. If he’s only getting around to getting help now,it’s for the wrong reasons.

  63. cuda1234 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:51 PM

    If you had been demonized in the media, 100x/day, every day for about six months, how would YOU be holding up?

  64. conormacleod says: Feb 28, 2014 2:11 PM

    When the original story broke, I would say Richie had about 90% support on this website. Now it is about opposite of that. And that will dwindle to about 1% before Richie goes away, files for bankruptcy, and is never heard from again. I give it 18 months, tops.

  65. mezanine10 says: Feb 28, 2014 2:21 PM

    This is a PR move right out of the Tiger Woods playbook. Do something bad. Get caught. Check yourself into some medical facility claiming X illness. Hope that that bleeding hearts forgive and makes excuses for you. Rebuild your image.

    The saddest part is, too many people fall for it.

  66. metitometin says: Feb 28, 2014 2:41 PM

    It is well known in mental health circles that bullies are usually the ones with severe long-standing psychiatric issues. It’s clear Jonathan Martin wasn’t dealing with a normal well-adjusted human being.

  67. tremoluxman says: Feb 28, 2014 2:54 PM

    Maybe a couple teammates can pay him a visit and ‘Code Red’ him to toughen him up. Time to man up and put on your Big Boy pants, Richie.

  68. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 28, 2014 3:59 PM

    Does the treatment facility have an auto body shop?

  69. jbarr1 says: Feb 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    You can’t cure stupid

  70. theneedforspeeed says: Feb 28, 2014 6:09 PM

    They tried to make me go to rehab, I said ‘no, no, -er, wait, you mean if I go I can maybe get another chance in the NFL? OK!’

  71. fdugrad says: Feb 28, 2014 7:11 PM

    It’s always interesting to witness when the hunter becomes the frightened hunted…Ain’t no fun when the RABBIT has a gun. In the end, perhaps being placed in this position is the ONLY way he can develop some empathy and change his thought patterns, as well as his behaviors.

  72. sbaltimore says: Feb 28, 2014 8:13 PM

    It’s about time.

  73. El Pollo Loco says: Mar 1, 2014 11:58 AM

    Barrett Robbins called and says incognito needs help

  74. jfk69 says: Mar 1, 2014 8:00 PM

    Arizona???
    The perfect place for Incognito to get help with his myriad of issues. Maybe he can help them get the Super Bowl back when they lose it.

  75. jfk69 says: Mar 3, 2014 3:01 AM

    Here is hoping he gets well?????
    This man child has been enabled his whole life. He treated people like crap and when somebody stood up to him,he used his brute force and size to intimidate them. He is the classic school bully now “grown up”.
    The reason he got away with this misbehavior this long was due to his football career. That is what his coaches expected of him at work. The problem with that is he never separated his work demeanor from his personal life.
    If he was a regular joe blow he would have been working some menial job with a few harassment and assault arrests under his belt by now.
    Here is hoping you get taught the life lessons on how to treat people with respect that your parents might have tried to do. But your coaches never bothered to do.
    jk

  76. jfk69 says: Mar 3, 2014 3:11 AM

    Oh..and Richie
    Don’t bother reading the papers, twitter and facebook or some other crap counting media to define how you should behave as a human being. Or to see if x amount of people agree with your so called reality.
    Start with yourself. Humbled is a good place to start.
    And in your case..Anger….NOT GOOD.
    I

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