Incognito on incident with Smith: “Thank God no one got hurt”

AP

Dolphins guard Richie Incognito didn’t do his name justice on Tuesday, a day after video surfaced of Texans defensive end Antonio Smith whacking Incognito with his own helmet.

“Football’s an intense game, it’s played with a lot of passion, blood runs hot, I’ve been there, I’m no choir boy,”  Incognito told reporters.  “People lost their cool, just thank God no one got hurt.”

(By “no one,” Incognito necessarily means “me.”)

It’s an understatement to say Smith lost his cool.  He forcibly removed Incognito’s helmet and used it as a weapon, swinging it toward Incognito’s face.  Incognito was mum regarding the specifics of the incident.

“You know I’m not really going to touch on anything like that, I’m moving past it and just moving on to the Tampa Bay game,” Incognito said regarding whether the helmet hit him in the face.  (A league source tells PFT that the Texans insist the helmet didn’t hit Incognito in the face.)

Review of the video suggests that Incognito was indeed struck in the head/face area by the helmet.  The fact that he remained standing suggests that it was, at most, a glancing blow.

Regardless, Incognito is done talking about it.

“I’ve made my statement on that, I’m moving on from the Houston game, we’ve got Tampa coming in and I’m focused on the home opener,” Incognito said.

Of course, with the league office suspending Smith for one regular-season game, there’s really nothing for Incognito to add.  Despite Incognito’s reputation for rough-and-tumble play, Smith crossed the line — and Smith is paying for it.

56 responses to “Incognito on incident with Smith: “Thank God no one got hurt”

  1. Chances are fairly high, given Icognito’s reputation and his previous altercation with Smith, Incognito did something dirty. Probably several things.

    That still doesn’t excuse tearing off a guy’s helmet and beating him with it, though.

  2. Well done Richie. Don’t lower yourself to his (Smith’s) standard of poor anger control.

    You’ve finally grown up and he’s paying all the fines.

  3. Not punished enough. They give out worse for a lot less. He tried to bust the big lunkhead’s skull open, it’s just too thick. Incognito is one tough SOB.

  4. 1 game is not enough for an assault with a deadly weapon. If I swing a helmet at someone in the street that’s what I would be charged with. A felony assault.

  5. hehateme2 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 3:31 PM
    Well done Richie. Don’t lower yourself to his (Smith’s) standard of poor anger control.

    You’ve finally grown up and he’s paying all the fines.
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    He hasn’t grown up, he’s just learned how not to get caught.

  6. Nothing to add except the salt in the wound. That’s just his style and maybe not the best personal choice, but sure doesn’t make me want to play against that crazy beastly man. He has a rep to uphold and he’s playing his role really well. What if all the WWE superstars were so humble all the time, somebody has to play the villain!

  7. Incognito, taking the high road? I think my head’s about to explode.

    But I also think Smith’s getting off pretty lightly, personally.

  8. steelerben says:
    Aug 20, 2013 3:31 PM
    Chances are fairly high, given Icognito’s reputation and his previous altercation with Smith, Incognito did something dirty. Probably several things.

    That still doesn’t excuse tearing off a guy’s helmet and beating him with it, though.
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    Except he didn’t “beat him” with it, he just swung it at him without contact.

  9. If you can’t deal with people like Incognito, then you have no business playing DL. That’s part of the job description, the name of the game. You can’t go swinging a helmet because he gets under your skin.

  10. Angels in the endzone prevented that from being disasterous folks. True story, even better movie. Good looking out, Christophet Lloyd. You are truly heaven’s head on a swivel.

  11. The “thank god no one got hurt comment” is basically to rub it in Antonio Smith’s face. He knows that Smith would rather get suspended one game for hitting him in the face than getting suspended one game for not hitting him. Incognito is trying to downplay the fact that he got smacked in order take take away the on bit of satisaction Smith might have gained.

    He’s a dirtbag but that’s a classic tough guy stance.

  12. I guess Incognito wins this round. Dolphins 2- Texans 0. Oh well Ill just have to live with 7….You know as in 7 wins in 10 years vs. the Dolphins.

  13. rpiotr01 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 3:39 PM
    If you can’t deal with people like Incognito, then you have no business playing DL. That’s part of the job description, the name of the game. You can’t go swinging a helmet because he gets under your skin.

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    Agree 100% Smith let Incognito get under his skin.

    Incognito is laughing under his breath the whole time he’s saying this…. Did any one get hurt right before this incident when he punched Smith in the face?

  14. brutus9448 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 3:36 PM
    1 game is not enough for an assault with a deadly weapon. If I swing a helmet at someone in the street that’s what I would be charged with. A felony assault.

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    No offense but if 90% of the things that happen on a football field, happened on the street, you’d be charged with felony assault….

  15. There is also a video of the play on YouTube and it is clear to me the helmet hits him in the shoulder pad/chest area and not the face. I’m guessing the NFL agreed since he only really got suspended for one game.

    I don’t agree with what Smith did and trust me I am a huge Texans fan, but there is clearly bad blood between the two. They both need to get their act together.

  16. htown1035 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 3:38 PM

    Except he didn’t “beat him” with it, he just swung it at him without contact.

    “Review of the video suggests that Incognito was indeed struck in the head/face area by the helmet. The fact that he remained standing suggests that it was, at most, a glancing blow.”

    Perhaps “beating” was an overstatement, however hitting someone in the head with their own helmet remains indefensible. The suggestion that he *only* attempted to hit someone in the head with a weapon makes it excusable, coupled with the lack of reading comprehension speaks volumes about you.

  17. i think we can all agree that suh’s foot “barely” made contact with dietrich-smith…but he got suspended two regular season games.

    smith already has a “history” after kicking incognito last year.

  18. formyministy says:
    Aug 20, 2013 4:05 PM
    i think we can all agree that suh’s foot “barely” made contact with dietrich-smith…but he got suspended two regular season games.

    smith already has a “history” after kicking incognito last year.
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    Wow, talk about fanboy logic. Smith kicked Incognito because Incognito has a “history” of playing dirty and was holding Smith’s leg to the point of twisting it and causing possible injury.

  19. hehateme2 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 4:14 PM
    All here can see that it is WAY too easy to get under the Texans skin…. fans included.

    Weak.
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    Are you kidding? Miami fans are calling it attempted murder for chrissake…

    Now THAT’S weak…

  20. As a fins fan I would rather see Sweringer or whatever his name is suspended for his hit on Keller. Smith is more valuable to the texans so I guess his minor suspension is still better than nothing.

  21. ishudbgm says:
    Aug 20, 2013 4:27 PM
    As a fins fan I would rather see Sweringer or whatever his name is suspended for his hit on Keller.
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    For what…. Every national NFL commentator that I’ve seen has said it was a clean hit.

  22. hehateme2 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 4:14 PM
    All here can see that it is WAY too easy to get under the Texans skin…. fans included.

    Weak.

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    Fins fans are starting to border on whining. Its getting a little pathetic.

    Smith did something stupid… no one got hurt… he got suspended…

  23. richie playing the head games and winning! all the people mad because richie is a dirty player too, so your mad becuase he does’nt get cought….we’re you mad at ferris bueler too then?

  24. htown1035

    Are you kidding? Miami fans are calling it attempted murder for chrissake…

    Now THAT’S weak…
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    No, weak is thinking that one or 2 fan’s opinions on a topic are agreed upon by the entire fanbase. Get a clue. Not every Texans/Dolphin fan think the same, and that goes for every fanbase. Stop trying to label others based on what one person says. Someone calls me weak face to face were scrappin, to talking.

  25. brutus9448 says: Aug 20, 2013 3:36 PM

    1 game is not enough for an assault with a deadly weapon. If I swing a helmet at someone in the street that’s what I would be charged with. A felony assault.
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    No one is paying to see you work. That’s the difference, get over it.

  26. ”People lost their cool, just thank God no one got hurt.”

    (By “no one,” Incognito necessarily means “me.”)

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    I am pretty sure Incognito was referring to Smith when he said this, not himself. Incognito could easily take this dude out. C’mon, man!

  27. Smith Should be suspended for 2 season, that was deliberate and could be labeled as attempted to murder.. If he connected with that swing of the helmet, incognito, might of been, incognito

  28. 8to80texansblog says:
    Aug 20, 2013 4:33 PM
    ishudbgm says:

    As a fins fan I would rather see Sweringer or whatever his name is suspended for his hit on Keller.
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    For what…. Every national NFL commentator that I’ve seen has said it was a clean hit.
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    Yes every commentator who is a former player and hates the head to head rules just as much as the active ones, even though some of those commentators are likely part of he concussion lawsuits.

    The guy intentionally went low and speared Keller’s knee making little or no attempt to arm tackle and wrap him up. There was clear intent to injure.

    The claim that he had to go low so he wouldn’t get fined is totally disingenuous and self serving. There have been a ton of legal high hits in the preseason and somehow those players managed to do so without head to head hits.

    Not to mention that whole midsection area that he acts like it doesn’t exist and our bodies go directly from our heads to our knees with nothing in between.

    Dirtiest hit of the preseason.

  29. Gotta love the name “Incognito.” I’d laugh if it wasn’t his vanity plate. But, even we Bills wouldn’t keep him for his play. He’s a mediocre punk with semi-good skills. What he does have is Smith’s #. As long as Smith takes the bait…he wins!!

  30. Oh well. Smith is out for one game, but there is still enough depth on the Texans to be able to San Diego. Incognito got away with being a turd. Swearinger put a clean hit on Russel with unfortunate results. Miami fans need to get over it and worry about their train wreck of a team swimming at the bottom of their division for yet another season.

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