Report: Richie Incognito paranoid, believed he was an NSA agent at time of dumbbell incident

Richie Incognito reportedly told police that he was an NSA agent when they responded to a call that he threw a dumbbell at somebody.  (AP)

On Wednesday, Richie Incognito was reportedly detained for an involuntary mental evaluation after being accused of throwing tennis balls and a dumbbell at another person at a Boca Raton, Florida gym.

The police reports of the incident were made public on Thursday and point to more trouble for the former former Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins offensive lineman.

Report: Incognito thought he was an NSA agent

Per CBS Sports, which obtained the reports, Incognito told police when they arrived that he believed he was an NSA agent.

“There’s a guy walking around with headphones on,” Incognito reportedly said. “I’m running NSA class level 3 documents through my phone. I can’t have anybody in bluetooth capability of me or taking pictures of me.”

CBS Sports reports that Incognito then told police that he couldn’t disclose information about his phone because they didn’t have “high enough clearance.”

Police: Incognito was in “altered, paranoid state”

The police report stated that “investigations revealed that Incognito was suffering an altered, paranoid state and believed ordinary citizens were government officials that were tracking him and recording him.”

Incognito told police that he had taken a supplement called Shroom Tech — a real thing — before going to the gym.

The makers of Shroom Tech touted the product’s safety on Twitter, adding, “We don’t know Richie, but we hope he feels better soon.”


Police responded to the incident when the man allegedly targeted by Incognito called 911.

Per the CBS Sports account of the 911 call:

“The gentleman threw a … chucked a tennis ball at me for no reason. Then he started throwing s— at me,” the man said. “Then he tried to mow me over with a sled. And he just started yelling at me like he was going to kick my ass. And he started beating the s— out of the equipment over there.”

Police detained, but did not arrest Incognito using Florida’s Baker Act, which allows officials to hold a person for psychiatric evaluation “who is in danger of becoming a harm to self, harm to others.”

The Bills recently granted Incognito’s request for release, leaving the 34-year-old on the free agent market. He said in April he intended to retire before deciding he wanted to play again.

The four-time Pro Bowler had a career resurgence in Buffalo after being suspended for a year by the Dolphins for his role in the bullying scandal involving Jonathan Martin while in Miami.

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