Richie Incognito: I “shook hands and hugged it out” with Yannick Ngakoue

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Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said Wednesday that he and Bills guard Richie Incognito spoke to each other before a Pro Bowl practice and Incognito shared a bit about the meeting on Thursday.

It was the first time the two men saw each other since Ngakoue accused Incognito of using racial slurs during Jacksonville’s 10-3 win over Buffalo in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Incognito said “we are just going to keep it between us” in terms of the details of a conversation he believes was productive.

Incognito said he “apologized for my part in this” and “shook hands and hugged it out” with Ngakoue when the conversation was over.

“It was important for me to be able to speak man-to-man with Yannick about it,” Incognito told Peter King of SI.com. “It was a reminder how powerful our words can be. But it gets crazy out there. Real crazy. Things are said and done on the football field that are never said off the field, never seen off the field. What happens on the football field very often is not a reflection of who we are as people. That’s why I wanted to see him here. It’s a great setting to talk as men. Yannick is celebrating his first Pro Bowl—much deserved, and he is a heck of a pass-rusher, and we had our hands full with him when we played. And I was glad we were able to get together as men and talk about it. … I do think it’s dead. I hope it can be put to bed.”

Ngakoue declined to speak with King via a Jaguars spokesman. The NFL opened an investigation into the matter that remains open.

35 responses to “Richie Incognito: I “shook hands and hugged it out” with Yannick Ngakoue

  1. As a Dolphins fan who supported Richie through the Jonathan Martin ordeal, it’s smart of players to make these kinds of in-game remarks public if they want to end them. Coaches are never going to punish a player for trying to get into another player’s head. Owners are never going to suspend a player for trying their hardest to win the game, and I don’t blame them. It’s a business. So the only way to change that tiny aspect of the game is through bad PR. Racism on the field is a hell of a headline.

  2. I respect the fact the two guys were able talk to each other face to face like two grown men.

    That’s Something that’s something that seems to be lost in today’s society.

  3. JokerSC says:

    January 25, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    So, it sounds like he did say something pretty bad after all.

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    That can’t be possible because according to all the arm chair quarterbacks Yannick was just being a baby and making it all up.

  4. So Yannick has nothing to say? Seems like Richie revoked his race card and told him to keep quiet or he’ll get the J-Martin treatment.

  5. Who hasn’t said something really stupid when you’re really mad or in the heat of the moment, that you wish you hadn’t said when things cool down? I know I have! Glad these two guys can turn the page, and move on.

  6. Talk like men? More like one man got called a name in the trenches on the gridiron and snowflaked the millisecond he had a chance to the media. Typical.

  7. raideralex99 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 2:55 am
    Once the XFL starts we won’t be hearing about this garbage.

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    No, we’ll be hearing about some nitwit who has “He Hate Me” for his name on the back of his jersey.
    Seriously — how can anyone follow anything that Vince McMahon is involved in? He’s the white Don King — abuses the people who work for him and takes steroids just like all the athletes he promotes.

  8. And THAT’S how you handle this type of thing. Not in court or the court of public opinion. No summary execution. No vocational death sentence. No rioting. You put away the past and your prejudices and talk to each other. Lesson for everyone here. Once you stop allowing anger or jealousy rule your life everything gets better rather quickly.

  9. To be honest, I kind of rock with Richie Incognito. I like a guy who will just say whatever between the lines, as long as it rattles his opponent. I feel like we’ve become tremendously mentally weak as a society, to a point where we let words —not actions, but WORDS— shake us to our core. I remember being taught to just slug somebody if I really didn’t like what they had to say to me. Now we’re taught to run and tell a teacher (as kids), or police, or worse yet, a lawyer. I’m honestly getting embarrassed to be a part of all this. I like the way this is being handled. Incognito is a free-willed human who can say anything his brain, lips, tongue, and larynx allow him to. Like you just CAN’T make rules about that. All you can do is hold people accountable as an individual. Punch him in the ribs on the next play, this is football. Fire something back about Italians, I don’t know, but whatever you do, if you let it ruin your day after the whistle blows, you are s-o-f-t, SOFT. None of us should even know this happened. So I don’t like that the story made it out publicly, but I like how the aftermath has been handled. Incognito stepped to him as a man and offered an apology. Ngakoue made choice between shaking his hand, or swinging his own hand. I just feel like the entire world is way too sensitive about things that don’t have a tangible real life impact.

  10. raideralex99 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 2:55 am

    Once the XFL starts we won’t be hearing about this garbage.
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    Yeah, I’m sure everyone in the XFL will be of high moral standards and totally not the same people as NFL players, just in a different league.

  11. Any time anyone in the NFL is doing damage control, they immediately go find Peter King and drag him away from whatever coffee shop he’s writing about so he can softball them back into acceptability.

  12. If Yannick can put up with Jalen Ramsey’s mouth all of time, you’d think he could handle Richie’s.

  13. I love all the cheering for a guy “talking it out like a man” after he drops racist comments on the field. Real men don’t say stuff like that in the first place. Cowards do. This isn’t the first time Cognito has been accused of this. A guy kneeling is unforgivable but a racist just apologizes and does it again and all is forgiven.

  14. So Richie was getting in an opponents’ head, good for him. Anything you can say to get a guy off his game should be said. Nothing is off limits on the field. Guys who can’t understand that and get bent out of shape over it don’t deserve pity.

  15. The same people on here Trying to justify saying anything to “get into an opponents head” are the same people who absolutely can’t handle a guy taking a knee to draw attention to exactly that kind of thing. Not surprising.

  16. Who hasn’t called somebody a racial slur to get in their head? Ya, that’s the right formula, no other trash talk, just revert to racial slur. Nothing is off limits on the field, including saying you’ll do something to somebodies family member or using a racial slur.

  17. If Richie doesn’t stop this sort of behavior, he won’t be able to show his face in public. In fact he may have to go “incognito”.

  18. Oh but nothing happened… Yeah right why do all of that if you didn’t say anything. Good for Ngakoue to be the bigger man, Incognito is sorry he got caught again.

  19. What typically happens is that people bring their personal attributes to your job!! Whoever you really are will not only be discovered but it will intensify when adversity strikes. So of course you said what you said. Its not the first time you’ve been accused. Why would you need to talk man to man if there was NOTHING said? It is precisely who you are Richard!

  20. playedthegame32 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    What typically happens is that people bring their personal attributes to your job!! Whoever you really are will not only be discovered but it will intensify when adversity strikes. So of course you said what you said. Its not the first time you’ve been accused. Why would you need to talk man to man if there was NOTHING said? It is precisely who you are Richard!

    If a guy at work told people you talked smack about him you wouldn’t go talk to him personally to sort things out? If you said something that was misheard or misspoken you’d just leave it there to fester? How about you put away your obvious prejudice and credit a guy for, well, being a guy instead of some weasel hiding behind a screen name.

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