Richie Incognito arrested for disorderly conduct, threats

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Free-agent offensive lineman Richie Incognito has had a difficult and troubling few days, starting with the death of his father over the weekend.

The Scottsdale, Arizona police department has confirmed that Incognito was arrested Monday on counts of disorderly conduct and threats arising from an incident at Messingers Funeral Home in Scottsdale. As of this posting, Incognito remains in custody.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Incognito allegedly created a disturbance by “acting erratically and making the employees feel incredibly uncomfortable” while handling arrangements for his late father. Incognito allegedly made a gun gesture toward one of the employees, and he said that he has guns in his truck.

According to the source, weapons were indeed in his truck, and the weapons were impounded.

Incognito, a free agent who has expressed an interest in continuing his career, has had a variety of incidents and issues over the years. Those close to him have urged him to get the ongoing help he needs to avoid potentially threatening or troubling behavior.

We wish Richie Incognito and his family the best at this difficult time, and we hope that Richie Incognito gets whatever assistance he may need to move forward in a productive and positive way.

106 responses to “Richie Incognito arrested for disorderly conduct, threats

  1. Yeah he needs some help – a death in the family probably ramps up any issues he may have. Hopefully after the funeral he checks in some place to get that help.

  2. The guy obviously needs to be on meds…
    There is a history of mental instability in my family, and I understand the issues involved in people staying on their meds. Hopefully the NFL recognizes this. Punishment by the NFL is not the answer. But help from them would probably be beneficial.

  3. Poor guy just lost his dad! I HOPE he gets the mental help he so desperately needs at this point in his life.

  4. Part of this incident may be attributable to stress over his father’s death and part of it is probably as a result of more serious issues with the man himself.

  5. Clearly something has happened to us mental state this offseason. This is already the 2nd time he’s been arrested for strange behavior in the past what, month and a half? I am sure his fathers death made it worse. But there is obviously something else going on with him.

    I have to wonder if it is some kind of substance abuse, with his history of cocaine/alcohol abuse and somewhat recent all night twitter rants. Seems like every time he starts posting very late at night on twitter, a strange incident follows not to long afterwards.

    I have no idea if it is substance abuse or not, but whatever it is I hope he gets the help he so clearly needs.

  6. tylawspick6 says:
    August 21, 2018 at 11:59 am

    This guy is simply off the rails. Lock him up!

    Please stop embarrassing yourself with your moronic comments. As a Bostonian I would appreciate it if you changed your screen name. We don’t the musings of troll being perceived as acceptable or representative.

  7. I wonder if there are related to early onset CTE. Remember the Justin Strzelczyk situation in Pittsburgh. He was an offensive linemen as well.

    Either way, I hope Incognito gets the help he needs.

    Very sad situation!

  8. This should not be construed as a political statement in anyway, but I’m glad they could impound his guns and it would be nice if they were allowed to take any gun he has registered to his name. I’m sure he has unregistered guns, but take whatever they can find because this guy has been ready to go postal for awhile now.

  9. The NFLPA should be checking up on him just in case he’s estranged from his family/friends. He needs some intense help before he hurts himself or someone else.

  10. OK, first of all, it’s fairly obvious this guy has severe mental issues. If I were a general manager, I would request a full mental evaluation before even thinking of signing him.

    Mental issues apart, you have to take into account the fact that his father had just passed away. I don’t know how close Incognito was with his father, but it’s always something traumatic.

    That said, I wonder what is to blame. Too many hits on the noggin to the extent where he is suffering from CTE? A case of ‘roid rage? A grieving process that goes a bit too far? Or just your plain, average, run-of-the-mill mental problems? Maybe all of the above? Who knows, but one thing is certain: Richie Incognito must seek professional help and I personally hope he does

  11. My father passed away 2 months ago so I know how Ritchie is feeling…..having said that it did not compel me to threaten anyone with a gun….Having said that, and given Ritchies past
    this is just more proof that we need better laws regarding gun control…

  12. tylawspick6 is an idiot. Sure hope someone shows more compassion when he or his is in trouble.

    For the rest of you, thanks for reaffirming my belief in humanity. I don’t know if he has substance abuse issues but I am guessing he has a mental disorder. The two are not the same. As a counselor for both I offer my services to the guy, and I am not even a fan of his. But I care about people.

  13. And to think, a few short years ago when this guy was badgering a teammate with threats and racist taunting, it was *totally okay* to most posters here — all part of locker room culture!

  14. I’m certainly no mental health expert, but seems like he’s showing signs of bipolar disorder of which I think without meds (if he’s not on any) is only tamped down by immersing himself in football 24/7. Without it, he’s alone with his thoughts and doesn’t have (or refuses to obtain) the tools necessary to deal with it on his own. Couple that with a very high likelihood he has CTE based on his position and playing style, he’s on a slippery slope. I hope this arrest is a wakeup for him to make changes in is life before he harms someone or hurts himself.

  15. This guy should not be allowed to have guns. Let’s hope they are taking his guys away before he actually uses them on someone.

    Gun control should = NO guns for the mentally unstable!

  16. if he was trying out for some team he prolly wouldntve been arrested. im not saying he can still play or that his health can handle playing. but the reason hes acting up is he doesnt know what to do with himself other than football.
    also wanna shoutout that rickie was a beast at one time true artist on the oline

  17. I hate to be cliche but, it seems like maybe Richie has some CTE issues. He’s been displaying this behavior for years while still in the league. As far as I know he was never popped for substance abuse.

  18. A lot different reaction from the commenters here when Jonathon Martin was arrested for nearly the same exact thing. Look in the mirror folks. Then take off the robe.

  19. Better get this stooge off the streets before he hurts somebody. I hope PedEllman is paying attention. Long term steroid abuse affects you more than just physically

  20. This guy has had ‘issues’ since High School. He’s gonna really hurt someone if he doesn’t get help.

  21. For as poorly as he has handled himself in the past i can understand why people wouldnt give him the benefit of the doubt.

    I will in this spot… I can understand why it was hard for him to keep his composure. Its hard to think straight… emotions run wild everything from trying to honor him right…. to anger and sadness…

    I hope he gets better… but he also needs to want to get better.

  22. This guy’s been a bully since grade school. Always the biggest and baddast. Instead of coddling and “help”, what he needs is a good, thorough asskicking by someone bigger and badder than him to teach him some humility. That and only that may teach him to understand that the rest of humanity deals with frustration, heartbreak and disappointment every day without reacting to everything with extreme violence. It is only when a mosquito lands on one’s testicles that he realizes violence is not the solution.

  23. in light of his past, he gave Buffalo 3 very good and trouble free years, other than whatever was said at the Jaguars game (which was apparently resolved). Something changed, or reverted back to his past shenanigans. Or was that outburst at the Jags game the first sign of the change? I hope he gets help.

  24. Unfortunately Richie has mental issues obviously, a death of a parent sure doesn’t help, but he didn’t seem to get in much trouble when he was in the league, but now that he has retired he’s been arrested twice, the idle time of retirement isn’t faring well with Richie, he needs a hobby or a girlfriend or something to ground him a bit.

  25. When all the services with his father are completed, dude needs to get away for a while.

    Whether that is in some sort of facility or just being alone for a while it would be good for him.

    All things considered, I hope his family moved the services to a different funeral provider. Everyone deals with grief differently and unless they were under direct threat calling the police was kind of lame especially if the rest of his family around to help calm him down.

  26. This must be hell and then some for his family. The last thing anyone needs at a funeral is a member of the family breaking down so badly.

    But it’s really beyond the guy’s control, isn’t it? He’s broken and I join the voices hoping that he can find the help he needs before it’s too late.

  27. I hate to fathom what Richie’s future holds, but it doesn’t look good at all. God have mercy on this volatile man…So sad.

  28. Leaving Buffalo seems to have been a big mistake for this guy. Those were seemingly the most stable years of his career.

  29. So EVERYONE see’s major trouble brewing for awhile now & nothing seems to help. Lock him up and protect the public untill he’s medicated, stable and has a solid support system. Not a great thing for Richie, but a smart thing to do for the general public.

  30. “difficult and troubling few days” He’s been a menace most of his adult life…stop with the poor Richie comments, I feel sorry for the people that have to put up with him over the yrs…lock him up, put him on meds before he hurts more people…enough already, how many chances does he get to terrorize people before something is done….

  31. A guy with a history of being a racist and a bully threatens another human being with a gun, and he gets an outpouring of sympathy and well wishes. Guy kneels silently for the anthem without doing harm to single solitary person, he’s branded a traitor and black balled from the league. Way to go America!

  32. If kaepernick or someone like that did this something tells me you guys would not be suggesting that they get all the help they need…..

  33. tylawspick6 says:
    August 21, 2018 at 11:59 am
    This guy is simply off the rails. Lock him up!

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    Grow up son

  34. Is this the same clown who got kicked out of Nebraska, then Oregon? Miami, then the Bills? Beat up his Ferrari, threw weights at someone at the gym, and now this? Keep telling yourselves that Kaep is bad for football and ask what the differences are. It’ll come to you eventually.

  35. Not a Dolphins fan and think they have definitely had some issue on their coaching staff over the last few years (see Chris Foerster)

    However, looking back on the Incognito/Martin abuse issues now that we have seen how these guys lives have played out for a few years, it seems like these two individuals each have mental health issues that result in them suddenly becoming aggressive, threatening and potentially violent. So, to me, it puts some perspective on why these two guys might have had the issues they did. Not suggesting the team was totally faultless, but neither of these guys have seemed very stable over the last few years.

    Hopefully they will each get help and get better.

  36. Surely ,Incognito took many shots to the head as an o-lineman. CTE is possibly to blame or some sort of other mental disorder. Very sad to see any guy go downhill like this…

  37. jm91rs says:
    August 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    This should not be construed as a political statement in anyway, but I’m glad they could impound his guns and it would be nice if they were allowed to take any gun he has registered to his name. I’m sure he has unregistered guns, but take whatever they can find because this guy has been ready to go postal for awhile now.

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    Unfortunately, in Arizona, guns do not need to be registered. You do not even need a permit to buy guns or carry them openly in public. They have some of the loosest gun laws in the country.

    It is definitely scary to think that someone in Richie’s mental state is driving around with multiple guns in his trunk, and in Arizona could walk around legally, in public, with a gun on his back any time he wants.

    It is the same in Florida, where I believe he is currently planning to live. Guns do not need to be registered, and you do not need a permit to buy or openly carry a gun in public. You only need a permit to conceal carry a handgun.

    Trump also recently did away with the Obama era gun check law for people with mental illness. Not that it would have likely applied to Richie at this time, anyway, as I don’t think he fits the criteria that law was intended for. My only point there is that I believe we are moving in the wrong in that regard and I don’t see it getting better any time soon.

  38. gauchosporlife says:
    August 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm
    He’s a menace to society, needs to be locked up in a mental ward.

    ***

    You must not be aware of the criteria for admission to a mental ward.

  39. James Jackson says:
    August 21, 2018 at 1:15 pm
    Unfortunately Richie has mental issues obviously, a death of a parent sure doesn’t help, but he didn’t seem to get in much trouble when he was in the league, but now that he has retired he’s been arrested twice, the idle time of retirement isn’t faring well with Richie, he needs a hobby or a girlfriend or something to ground him a bit.
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    probably because football, his entire life, allowed him a violent outlet while simultaneously being apart of something incredibly structured with leadership. Now that he is on his own, he can’t take care of himself.

  40. terrier92 says:
    August 21, 2018 at 12:20 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    August 21, 2018 at 11:59 am

    This guy is simply off the rails. Lock him up!

    Please stop embarrassing yourself with your moronic comments. As a Bostonian I would appreciate it if you changed your screen name. We don’t the musings of troll being perceived as acceptable or representative.

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    Please stop being a whiny Millennial. Your opinion doesn’t count, well, because frankly most Millennials are dumber than a bag of rocks. Congrats, you’re one of them.

    A guy threatening to mow down a funeral homer shouldn’t be locked up? What planet do you live on, little guy?

  41. 13worldchampioinships says:
    August 21, 2018 at 2:44 pm
    gauchosporlife says:
    August 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm
    He’s a menace to society, needs to be locked up in a mental ward.

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    You must not be aware of the criteria for admission to a mental ward.

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    I would say this guy’s constant lifelong, odd behaviors means he needs to be sent to an institution, certainly for further evaluation over a period of time, so he needs be put in lockdown, regardless of where the state sees fit.

    Lots of (not you), dopey, naive children on here, pretending Incognito is some kind of victim here and/or should be allowed to continue on in our society with this unbelievably out of control citizen, going on, you know, his whole life.

  42. dickshotdogs says:
    August 21, 2018 at 11:56 am
    This guy’s rooting for you, Richie. Prayers to you, my friend.

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    I honestly would like to know what compels people to root for Richie Incognito? Is it because he was a good football player for the team you cheer for?

    After reading the texts he wrote to Jonathan Martin and how horribly he referenced women in them, the accusation against him of sexual battery and now this, I don’t understand how he is deserving of any support. He may need help, but he’s certainly not actively seeking it. He is just a bad guy based on all available evidence.

  43. James Jackson says:
    August 21, 2018 at 1:15 pm
    Unfortunately Richie has mental issues obviously, a death of a parent sure doesn’t help, but he didn’t seem to get in much trouble when he was in the league, but now that he has retired he’s been arrested twice, the idle time of retirement isn’t faring well with Richie, he needs a hobby or a girlfriend or something to ground him a bit.

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    Read the despicable texts that Incognito wrote to Jonathan Martin about his sister and other women, then combine that with the fact that Incognito was accused of sexual battery. I don’t think a girlfriend is the answer. Women should stay far away from that guy.

  44. bradygirl12 says:
    August 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    Surely ,Incognito took many shots to the head as an o-lineman. CTE is possibly to blame or some sort of other mental disorder. Very sad to see any guy go downhill like this…

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    I’m not sure he’s gone downhill. He’s always been this way.

  45. No one chooses to have a mental illness. Whether mental illness is something that people are born with or is brought on through life experiences involving some sort of emotional trauma (IMO mostly likely people are born with it and it only becomes active if certain life experiences trigger it), until the stigma that goes along with it goes away, many people won’t acknowledge the possibility that they might have one.

  46. Well, I’m sorry to hear about his dad. But if anything that just makes my thoughts on him even firmer: I’m almost certain he will either be imprisoned long term or dead within a couple of years. There’s no way he lives happily ever after in retirement.

  47. detroitfanatic says:
    August 21, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    A lot different reaction from the commenters here when Jonathon Martin was arrested for nearly the same exact thing. Look in the mirror folks. Then take off the robe.
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    This is a majority right leaning comment section. So the flip flop reactions are to be expected.

  48. Brandon Marshall where are you ? This is an NFL brother in trouble and you maybe able to assist him in his time of need. Ray Lewis where are you with your gospel ?

  49. Everyone has concluded he has mental issues and his behavior has definitely odd. Do people STILL think it’s ok for people with mental health issues to have guns, especially if they’re threatening people?

  50. all you wanna-be therapists who want to coddle him will be no where to be found when he assaults, rapes, shoots or kills someone. which looks like it will be not to far in the future. and it will not matter what the cause is whether its roids, cte, his football culture, mental issues, lack of gun laws, etc. – the outcome will still be the same > someone will pay with grave consequences!!!!!!!!!

  51. Is this guy on steroids?

    All of his behavior is relative to someone that is suffering from the side effects of steroids.

    Intense fits of anger, uncontrollable and irreconcilable anger. This is quite scary considering it is coming from a 300 pound man.

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