Guard Richie Incognito’s bizarre behavior reached a new level this week when he smashed his $300,000 black Ferrari with a baseball bat, according to a Scottsdale, Ariz., police department spokesperson.
Incognito, an impending free agent who will not be invited to return to the Dolphins, told Scottsdale police that he was responsible for beating on his car Wednesday but did not give a reason.
TMZ, which reported the story, also disclosed that Incognito’s parents are divorcing, but he has known about that for months, and the website did not cite that as the reason he smashed his car with a bat.
According to the report, no windows were damaged, but there were several dents, including on the hood. The handle of the baseball bat was jammed in the car’s grill and broken off. Incognito left the bat lying in front of the Ferrari.
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A Scottsdale police spokesman said after getting a tip from TMZ, “patrol officers went to the address [Wednesday] afternoon and found no Ferrari and no answer at the door of the residence. [On Thursday] morning, our patrol officers contacted Mr. Incognito at his residence to ascertain if he was in need of police assistance or report of the damage to his car.
“He told our officers that he damaged his own car and did not wish a police report. Since this incident did not meet the state’s criteria for a criminal report or further police involvement, no reports have been made.”
Incognito, whose career has been at least temporarily derailed by his role in the Dolphins' locker-room scandal, has displayed erratic behavior for months, including criticizing his agent as well as Jonathan Martin and others on Twitter, and then either praising them or apologizing a short time later.
Meanwhile, teammate Tyson Clabo told NFL Sirius Radio on Thursday that Incognito “comes with baggage” but “is a really good teammate.”
Clabo criticized Ted Wells’ report chronicling the Dolphins’ locker-room scandal.
“I don’t think the people that were around those situations, that were in that report, feel that was an accurate portrayal of the spirit of those events,” Clabo said. “I don’t see that there was harassment for the sake of harassment…. It’s a locker room. It’s a situation that people in the everyday world don’t understand.”