Bills brass weighs in on Richie Incognito allegations
By: Nick Wojton
ORCHARD PARK — One day after Buffalo Bills players said they didn’t hear teammate and offensive lineman Richie Incognito say a racial slur toward Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, it turns out that might not have been that case.
On Tuesday, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane discussed the allegation made by Ngakoue on Sunday via Twitter and the same one Ngakoue elaborated on, on Monday.
In Jacksonville, Ngakoue told media members you hear stuff all the time, but certain stuff oversteps boundaries, indicating that Incognito did so.
“You hear all type of stuff. Stuff is not going to bother you, but when somebody says something about your ethnicity, that’s really kind of taking it a little bit too far… You can’t say certain things,” Ngakoue said. “He knows what he said, I don’t have to repeat it.”
Aside from Ngakoue, teammates on both sides all said they did not hear Incognito say anything. However, that might not have been to case according to Beane.
The Bills GM confirmed the NFL would conduct an investigation and the team has already begun an investigation of their own.
Beane indicated he had spoke to Incognito and per Incognito it was described as a misunderstanding of sorts.
“Anytime you have an accusation like that you take it very seriously,” Beane said. “From what I understand, it was a little bit of on the field, back-and-forth, I know there’s one accusation. We’re looking into it. I know we’ve spoken to the league, we’re going to follow protocol, and that’s really where it’s at.”
Additionally, Beane said that he spoke to other players, presumably Incognito’s teammates, about the incident and what they heard. That contradicts what players said on locker cleanout day. Dion Dawkins and Eric Wood, who both lineup next to Incognito on Buffalo’s offensive line, said they did not hear anything.
“I didn’t hear anything. I mean, it was chippy out there but I didn’t hear anything,” Wood said on Monday. “Richie’s done a lot in the past few years to restore his image and I hope it’s not all thrown away off of speculation. But honestly, I didn’t hear it.”
Aside from that, Beane added one final interesting nugget: Incognito has attempted to reach out to Ngakoue to clear the air, however, it has yet to be confirmed by Ngakoue or Incognito, who, as of early Tuesday afternoon, has remained…Incognito… on the matter.
Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott only made one statement on the accusations: “You know what? They won the game. The whole situation to me is very unfortunate and I’ll leave it at that.