SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police checking on reported damage to a car belonging to Richie Incognito, the player at the center of the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal, say Incognito told an officer he did the damage himself.
Sgt. Mark Clark said the Dolphins guard took responsibility when police contacted him Thursday.
Incognito later admitted during a television news interview to bashing his own Ferrari with a baseball bat.
“Oh that was that was just me venting, that was self-expression, that’s a piece of art,” Incognito told FOX 10 in Phoenix. “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.”
Clark said police first went to Incognito’s home Wednesday after being contacted by TMZ Sports and being given a photo of a black Ferrari with several dents in its hood.
Clark said further details are unavailable because no report was filed because no crime was reported. He said Scottsdale police are done with the matter.
An investigation conducted for the NFL determined Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.
Incognito has since “accepted professional help” and “is currently being treated at a facility in Arizona,” Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reported via Twitter on Friday.
“When things went down it was just unfortunate,” Incognito told FOX 10. “Me and my dad, my mom, my brother, Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins, Stephen Ross, you we’re all brothers and sisters I think we all understand that its just time to move on. You know words were said, things were done, but at the end of the day we’re all brothers and sisters and we’re here to lift each other up.
“We’re here to motivate each other that’s something my dad instilled in me a long time ago he’s from a military background so we have some odd ways of training.”
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