Tuesday’s NFL: Incognito charged in gun threat
Former NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito has been arrested on charges he threatened to shoot employees of a funeral home, authorities said Tuesday.
Incognito, 35, posted a $20,000 bond Tuesday afternoon. He has an Aug. 27 pretrial conference in a court in suburban Phoenix.
Police said Incognito was at the Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary on Monday to make arrangements for his father, who died last weekend.
A police report showed officers later executed a search warrant on Incognito’s pickup and seized two Glocks, three rifles and a silencer for a handgun. The report also said Incognito’s family had told him he wasn’t going to be allowed to attend his father’s funeral and he had been acting erratically.
Witnesses at the funeral home told police that Incognito wanted them to cut his dead dad’s head off for research purposes and Incognito punched caskets, threw pamphlets around and took an urn from a shelf and slammed it down on top of a casket.
Incognito had an 11-year NFL career with St. Louis, Miami and Buffalo. Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins in 2013 for bullying a teammate and arrested last May in Florida for allegedly throwing a dumbbell and tennis ball at another gym patron.
Moore’s 113-mph ticket
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore has been “chastised” after the first-round draft pick from Maryland was cited for driving about 113 mph in a work zone in Interstate 77 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The speed limit is 65 mph.
Moore was ticketed on Aug. 10 just before 3 a.m., shortly after the team returned from its preseason game against the Bills. Moore was on his way home and was cooperative with state troopers.
Rivera said Tuesday it’s an opportunity for Moore — and young teammates — “to learn and realize you have a responsibility to the community.”
Ravens’ Smith suspended
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
The Ravens released a statement that in part read: “The Ravens fully support the NFL’s decision. The NFL found evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors by Jimmy toward his former girlfriend that showed a pattern of improper conduct. Our player’s behavior was inappropriate and wrong.”
Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, 31, announced Tuesday his retirement Tuesday, saying he plans to join ESPN as an NFL analyst. Cruz will contribute to variety of shows and make his ESPN debut today.
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... Eli Harold won’t say why he’s no longer kneeling during the national anthem, after doing so the past two seasons with San Francisco 49ers teammates such as Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.