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Former Miami Dolphins player detained for mental evaluation after throwing weights at gym

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Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito threw a tennis ball and a weight at a man running at a track at Life Time Athletic fitness center in Boca Raton on Wednesday and responded erratically when police arrived, according to a city police report.

The police report suggests that officers believed Incognito was “suffering an altered, paranoid state,” and as a result, the 6-foot-4, 322-pound offensive lineman was involuntarily committed to a mental health facility after the incident.

The runner, Mark O’Brien of Delray Beach, told police he saw Incognito acting angry and said, “Hey, we all go through some [expletive],” according to the report. O’Brien said Incognito, the only other person in the area, threw a tennis ball at him and skimmed the back of his leg with a weight sled before telling him to, “Get out of my [expletive] playground,” according to the report.

O’Brien said Incognito threw a weight at him but did not hit him.

“I just wanted to work out,” O’Brien said in a 911 call. “Literally, I have no idea [why Incognito targeted him]. He has some issue going on.”

When police arrived and an officer asked Incognito what was going on, the lineman said, “There’s a guy walking around with headphones on. 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,” according to the report.

One officer asked for more details on his phone and his involvement with the government, but Incognito reportedly told him he couldn’t talk about it because “he was under contract” and the officer “didn’t have a high enough clearance.”

The report says Incognito’s “speech pattern was very erratic,” “his hands were shaking heavily,” that he would “suddenly jump up and move locations without warning,” and that he told the officer he had taken “Shroom Tech,” an over-the-counter supplement. Incognito denied hitting anyone with tennis balls or a weight sled.

The report says that while Incognito threw the tennis balls and the weight and brushed O’Brien’s leg with the weight sled, he had no intent to harm anyone and was “unable to form intent, and his actions were due to his paranoia that he was being followed.”

A member of the Dolphins from 2010-13, Incognito started 55 games at guard and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012. But he made national news for his part in a bullying scandal involving then-teammate Jonathan Martin in 2013. The Dolphins suspended him for “conduct detrimental to the team,” and he never played for Miami again.

After missing the 2014 season, Incognito signed with the Buffalo Bills, starting every game from 2015-17.

The Bills placed the 34-year-old on the retired list on April 12 when he told the NFL Players Association in a tweet that he was “done” with his career. He later told the Buffalo News that he retired for health reasons.

The Bills released him on Monday so he could come out of retirement and play again.

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