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NFL star arrested after threats to shoot funeral home workers, requests they cut off dead dad's head

Police arrest former NFL lineman Richie Incognito after he reportedly threatened to shoot funeral home employees and request disturbing services. (Image source: Twitter video screenshot)

Police arrested former NFL lineman Richie Incognito after he reportedly threatened to shoot funeral home workers.

Incognito, who was visiting the funeral home Monday in the days after his father's death, also reportedly requested that employees cut off his late father's head for research purposes.

What are the details?

According to the Arizona Republic, Incognito threatened to shoot the employees at a Scottsdale, Arizona, funeral home.

Incognito was present at the funeral home to make final arrangements for his deceased father.

On Sunday, Incognito reported that his father had passed away.

He wrote, "08/18/18 I regret to inform you that my father ARMY AIRBORNE RANGER RICHARD DOMINICK DEJASA HAS PASSED. Keep 'my family' in your prayer[s]."

The former Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills offensive lineman was reportedly erratic and upset with staff when police arrived on the scene. He had also reportedly damaged property while in the funeral home, punching caskets.

"At several points during his contact with staff, Incognito threatened to retrieve guns from his vehicle and return to shoot the employees," Scottsdale Police Sgt. Ben Hoster told the outlet.

Incognito did have guns in his vehicle, according to the police report, obtained by the outlet.

Officers reportedly discovered a Glock 17 9mm handgun, a Glock 35 .40-caliber handgun, three rifles, four handgun magazines, and a handgun silencer.

Police immediately arrested Incognito and held him on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of threats and disorderly conduct. He posted the $20,000 bond and was released on Tuesday. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Aug. 27 in Scottsdale Municipal Court.

ESPN reported that Incognito was simply not able to communicate properly during the interaction.

"[Incognito] appeared to lack concentration and was unable to maintain a coherent thought. Rather, he appeared to ramble about numerous things that did not correlate," police said, ESPN reported.

The police noted that the NFL free agent's "moods were erratic as he would be very respectful toward [the] officer at one point, and [then] immediately raise his voice and demand to be let out of the handcuffs the next."

The network also reported that a funeral home employee had told police that the former NFL star's family was not going to allow him to attend his father's funeral.

You can see Incognito's mugshot below.

Anything else?

Incognito has a long history of violence and bullying.

In 2013, Incognito reportedly bullied and threatened fellow Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin in such a manner that Martin left the team and checked himself into a mental hospital.

In 2014, Incognito was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold in connection with the Martin incident.

According to a 2013 New York Post report, Incognito's history is quite checkered. The report alleged that Incognito was raised in a volatile home rife with varying levels of abuse between different members of the family.

One former affiliate of the family even described Incognito's family as "psychotic," and a former neighbor said that Incognito had a mean and violent streak, and would often destroy his own toys and surroundings in fits of rage.

In college, Incognito — who once played football at the University of Nebraska — was ejected from a game for fighting, and was later sent to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, in order to be treated for anger management issues.

Incognito was arrested in 2004 on misdemeanor charges of assault after a wild party.

At one point, Incognito's peers even voted him among the dirtiest NFL players in the game.

Florida police arrested Incognito in May for his conduct in a gym, in which he purportedly threw a dumbbell and tennis ball at another patron. He was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold after the May arrest, and reports alleged that he was rambling incoherently about the government and screaming at the fellow gymgoer to "get off my f***ing playground."

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