The Richie Incognito bullying scandal has officially met its match. Just weeks after Davone Bess was hospitalized against his will due to concerns surrounding his mental state, the Miami Dolphins took a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach as they shopped the veteran wide receiver to other NFL teams.
Less than one month before shipping Bess out, the Dolphins learned Bess’s family had him Marchman Acted so he could be evaluated and receive treatment for the emotional or psychological issues that seemed to be troubling him.
But while the Dolphins knew Bess was troubled, sources confirm they took a don’t-ask-don’t-tell approach on the matter when shopping and trading Bess. The Dolphins did not offer information on Bess’s apparent personal instability.
Late Friday night, reports surfaced that detailed several chilling scenarios involving Bess and various states of mental volatility which predated his arrest in a Florida airport. While the Dolphins did not break and NFL rules by not disclosing what had happened to Bess, not only did they opt to help their player or cut ties so he could focus on himself rather than the game of football, they felt that the best course of action would be to ship him off to unfamiliar territory and let another franchise sign him to three-year contract extension only to be left picking up the pieces.
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