NFL will look into Yannick Ngakoue’s claim of racial slurs by Incognito

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Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has accused Bills guard Richie Incognito of using racial slurs during Sunday’s game in Jacksonville. That definitely won’t be the end of the situation.

“We will look into this,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT on Monday morning.

Several years ago, the NFL began to enforce aggressively a prohibition on the use of racial slurs during games. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined in 2014 for using a racial slur; he denied it even after the fine was cut in half.

The challenge could be corroborating Ngakoue’s claim, if Incognito aldo denies it. Field microphones could be relevant, as could other players who may have heard whatever Incognito said.

40 responses to “NFL will look into Yannick Ngakoue’s claim of racial slurs by Incognito

  1. I don’t think Incognito is a good person. I believe he’s the epitome of the sort of smiling-faced hatred that’s wrong with our world. That said, if you’re going to have a rule about what’s said on the field, make it an in-game unsportsmanlike conduct and have your refs listening for it. I don’t believe post-hoc punishment by the league should exist for verbal infractions. League investigations are extremely unpopular, primarily because they are arbitrary and capricious. The fewer league investigations and post-game punishments, the better.

  2. In addition to film, which the NFL uses to punish players for things not caught by the refs, the NFL needs, going forward, to have all players “mik’d up” during the game, so, they can punish players for saying mean things during the game. That is the only way this “hazing” during a game can be stopped. They must protect the players fragile psychs.

  3. I don’t really care if he said it or not. Grown men who physically battle are now whining to “mommy” over name calling? What a sad weak society we are becoming.

  4. Jaguars> Richie Incognito said X

    Bills> Richie Incognito did not say X

    Goodell – After a careful and thorough investigation, the evidence is overwhelming, 1 year suspension.

  5. If it can be proven that Incognito did not utter what he is accused of uttering than Ngakoue should be given the same punishment Incognito would have gotten. Had he indeed said what he’s accused of saying then did anyone else hear it?

  6. Listening to this game in stereo, I at one point heard a player calling another player a “s–k a– n—-” over and over again after a play. The dialect, from this instance, did not sound like Ritchie. Not sure why this not flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, whoever says it. If I can hear it through the TV feed, the officials could certainly hear it.

  7. Funny that he claims he is so concerned with protecting his black heritage, yet he had no problem with the cheap shot that he gave to Tyrod Taylor during the game, which he should have been thrown out of the game for.

  8. All those players and officials on the field, and the ONLY one that heard the verbal attack was Ngakoue????? I don’t buy that. If the things were said, someone else would be saying something.

  9. Incognito is a immature man-baby. He was bullied for being overweight as a kid and has never gotten over it. He has the emotionally maturity of a 14 year old. He says this crap, not because he’s racist deep down (although maybe he is), but because he’s trying to say the most hurtful thing he can. He wants other people to feel just as bad as he does. Coward.

  10. Truthfully I’m more surprised the league isn’t talking fine for the Bills player throwing a liquid at the fans. I was hoping someone would have doused him back with a full beer.

  11. The tweet is written in such a way to deny that Icognito said anything yesterday, and to give the accuser a plausible out to say that he was referring to what he said to Jonathan Martin. PFT and others must think so because no one in the media is really quoting or linking to the tweet. Sorry, too many hoaxes lately for me to take this at face value.

  12. Why is this a surprise to anyone?? Incognito proved when he was with the Dolphins that he’s a first class jerk.

  13. 16 games, nobody says anything. 1 game, a game where it was visibly chippy all game, some guy I’ve never heard of throws out an accusation. Something doesn’t add up. Pretty sure I saw the Jags jawing to McCoy, Tyrod, Benjamin, and Zay Jones all the while they scored a total of 10 points against “the worst team in the playoffs”. This team is in for a reality check when Rothlisberger goes from 5 picks to 5 TD’s against them. Is all I heard from Jags fans leading up to this game was to “humble yourself”, well, take your meds there Jacksonville, it’s about to come crashing down. Much like NE, it’s a team that easy to root against.

  14. The accuser needs to come forward with what exactly was said. In other news pertaining to racially charged sayings, the term “White boy” needs to immediately be on the list of no-no’s. Any violation is immediate suspension and shaming. All that term does is cause division and negativity. Think it’ll happen?

  15. Jay Are says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Funny that he claims he is so concerned with protecting his black heritage, yet he had no problem with the cheap shot that he gave to Tyrod Taylor during the game, which he should have been thrown out of the game for.

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    So, in other words, racism is cool as long as the person being verbally abused has it coming.

    Got it.

  16. tommynatorii says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    The accuser needs to come forward with what exactly was said. In other news pertaining to racially charged sayings, the term “White boy” needs to immediately be on the list of no-no’s. Any violation is immediate suspension and shaming. All that term does is cause division and negativity. Think it’ll happen?
    =================================

    False equivalence and classic case of deflection and blaming the victim. You make no condemnation of any slur used by Incognito yet choose to make up your own “outrage”. White boy or black boy are not slurs, but there sure as heck is a nasty slur to describe African Americans.

  17. To those saying all players need to be mic’d up: do you have any idea how many players have gotten hurt being mic’d up every year? It’s not insignificant.

  18. Maybe if true it was a heat of the moment mistake. People say stupid things when under stress or overly excited. RI is the kind of person that would blurt something out. I just think he lacks smarts rather being a racist. He should be fined for that photo above if nothing else.

  19. ksiner says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:33 am
    He is a racist

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    Wait. The real kind or the ‘you don’t agree with me so I can tell by your tone you must be racist’ kind?

    We care about the former, but the social justice shout down any dissent latter and we don’t care. No one should care, it’s the most overworked tool in the social justice box, lost its edge and worn to a nub.

  20. Incognito sure has a lot of defenders here. MAGA indeed. Got me thinking some of you would love to be able to tell the same thing to NFL players like the soccer hooligans in Europe.

  21. Jay Are says:

    January 8, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Funny that he claims he is so concerned with protecting his black heritage, yet he had no problem with the cheap shot that he gave to Tyrod Taylor during the game, which he should have been thrown out of the game for.
    ________________________________

    What cheep shot? Are you talking about the hit that knocked Tyrod out? Because A. That was Fowler not Yannick.
    B. That was a perfectly legal hit, he grabbed him around the chest and shoulders and Taylor hit his head on the ground.

  22. I’m sure Michael Bennett will vouch for Ngakoue…..

    How many white players are called racial names? Most of them

  23. “We will look into this,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT on Monday morning.

    How about you guys look into what a catch actually is, nobody cares about this BS.

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