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Richie Incognito getting treatment for ‘severe mental stress’

Frank Schwab
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After the Ferrari-bashing incident and a weird, rambling interview with a Phoenix television station, Richie Incognito is getting help.

NFL Network's Jeff Darlington said the Dolphins guard is being treated at a facility in Arizona after "severe mental stress" caused by the fallout from the Jonathan Martin ordeal.

That comes right after Incognito's bizarre interview about bashing his Ferrari.

Fox 10 in Phoenix wasn't sure what it was going to get when it approached Richie Incognito's house hoping to ask him why he'd take a baseball bat to his car, something that was reported by TMZ on Thursday.

Incognito welcomed them in. The station's story said he was polite.

His explanation of why his $300,000 car got knocked around with a bat was a little odd.

"So what happened?" the reporter asked.

"To what?" Incognito asked.

The Ferrari that was hit with a bat, she said. He took a second to recall what she was talking about.

"Ohhhh," Incognito said after the pause, like he didn't immediately remember hitting his sports car with a bat. "That was just me venting. That was self expression. That's a piece of art. The happiest day of my life was when I got that car and now the second happiest day will be when I donate it to charity."

After the story about the damaged Ferrari, which was parked in the front yard of Incognito's house, was broken by TMZ, National Football Post said that some Dolphins teammates are worried about him and his mental state. They said he has been out of contact with them. Incognito was not painted in a good light in the Wells Report about the Martin harassment.

The mental stress that apparently caused Incognito to seek help led to the peculiar interview.

"The Ferrari is a story unto itself," Incognito said. "The Ferrari is one entity. I will tell you this, the Ferrari is going to be for sale through my mission, which is helping the brotherhood. Whatever brotherhood it is."

The entire locker room situation with the Dolphins has caused a lot of harm. Martin left the team and checked himself into a hospital for a short stint months ago. His future with the team is uncertain. Incognito is now getting help too. He's a free agent and it's unclear if an NFL team will sign him, or if the league will punish him as a result of the Wells Report. Others have lost jobs or might have trouble continuing normal NFL careers because of their involvement.

In his interview with Fox 10 in Phoenix, Incognito said it was "time to move on" from the entire ordeal. That won't be so easy, for anyone involved.

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