Bills GM thinks Richie Incognito racial slur allegation is ‘misunderstanding’
The NFL is looking into a claim from a Jacksonville Jaguars player that Richie Incognito directed a racial slur at him during Sunday’s game, but Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane seems to believe Incognito is innocent.
On Tuesday, Beane acknowledged that there was some sort of exchange between Incognito and Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. However, the GM thinks Ngakoue may not have understood what Incognito said to him.
#Bills GM Brandon Beane on whether G Richie Incognito used a racial slur: “There was definitely an exchange. I think there was a misunderstanding of what was said.” … The NFL is looking into it.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 9, 2018
Ngakoue did not reveal what it was specifically that Incognito said, but he claimed the word was “racist.” The Jags DE made reference in a tweet to Incognito’s infamous bullying scandal with former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin.
Great win to day! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I’m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin!
— YANNICK NGAKOUE! (@YannGetSacks91) January 8, 2018
The NFL is likely trying to figure out if any microphones may have picked up what Incognito said to Ngakoue. Because of some of the allegations against him in the past, Incognito may not get the same benefit of the doubt that other players would be afforded.