Mike Mayock on Richie Incognito: Can’t have all boy scouts

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The Raiders signed veteran guard Richie Incognito on Tuesday and General Manager Mike Mayock fielded questions from reporters about the move later in the day.

Incognito was out of the league last year after being released by the Bills in the wake of a brief retirement, but he remained in the headlines due to a pair of off-field incidents. He was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold in May after allegedly throwing a dumbbell at another person during an incident at a gym and he was arrested in August for threatening to shoot employees at the funeral home handling his father’s service.

Those weren’t the first times that Incognito made waves for the wrong reasons off the football field and he was at the center of the investigation into bullying with the Dolphins in 2013. Mayock was asked about signing Incognito after making character a major talking point in regard to the players the Raiders drafted.

“You can’t have all boy scouts,” Mayock said.

Mayock said, via Scott Bair of NBCSportsBayArea.com, that Incognito has been fine whenever he’s been focused solely on on-field activities and called the deal a “prove-it” one that will force Incognito to prove himself on and off the field. He added that the team will help Incognito “help himself” in terms of staying out of trouble off the field and that the team doesn’t know if Incognito will face league discipline as a result of last year’s incidents.

85 responses to “Mike Mayock on Richie Incognito: Can’t have all boy scouts

  1. “[…] it’s easy to kind of spend money in free agency, or draft players, but the hard part is developing a team. And that’s what we are trying to do. We are trying to do it by strengthening and improving our locker room with character, hard-working guys that love it. And that’s what I’m really proud of. We stuck to it the whole time.”

  2. Mayock on Incognito: why are you asking me? I didnt have a choice in the matter

  3. Sometimes you should not say out loud what you are thinking. This was one of those times.

  4. Translation: we’ll hire any trash human being and give them as many chances as they need as long as they don’t kneel because this is a family-oriented organization and league

  5. The Raiders are drafting solid character foundation pieces, but Gruden and Mayock haven’t had enough time to draft 53 players. So they have to supplement. Guys like Burfict and Icognito are much more likely to fall in line when you have good character foundation guys present in each positional group. They’re not relying on Ritchie, they’re just giving him an opportunity to hold down a roster spot. If he stays clean, the Raiders get a pro bowl player.

  6. When the ends justify the means you get presidents who say “I can stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldnt lose any voters” and you re-sign football players who cant keep their anger and violence under control.

  7. … and he was arrested in August for threatening to shoot employees at the funeral home handling his father’s service.

    “I wish my son had loved me like that”
    — Al Davis

  8. His Wikipedia page:

    On August 20, 2018, Incognito was arrested and taken into custody after an incident at a funeral home where he threatened to shoot the employees while making funeral arrangements for his father. Police seized two Glocks, three rifles, and a suppressor for a handgun in Incognito’s truck. Employees told Scottsdale police that Incognito wanted his father’s head cut off for research purposes, and that he had walked through the funeral home punching caskets and throwing objects. Incognito was charged with disorderly conduct and making threats.”

  9. I hope and pray for this man after he can’t play football anymore. Certainly seems like the kind of person who will not handle retirement well.

  10. Not even good enough to warrant having on the team unless you explicitly want to add this kind of attitude/perspective to the locker room.

  11. lil’ low character richie incognito ruining locker room atmosphere since 1983.

  12. After Barrett Robbins, I’d have thought the Raiders would avoid offensive linemen with mental health issues. I seriously hope Incognito has turned it around.

  13. Typical social media. Judging and sentencing someone they only know through headlines. I’m sure Mayock looked at all sides of the issue and decided Incognito could help their team. It would be foolish to judge Mayock’s decisions without all the facts.

  14. So he had an incident at the funeral home? Give the guy some slack! Not everyone copes with grief in a quiet way. Individualism is what makes America special.

  15. The Raiders are going to be a historic bleep show. Can’t wait to watch it all unravel before our very eyes.

  16. “All boy scouts” isn’t the standard; “no slimeballs” is.

    Incognito is a piece of garbage and someone should have taken action to end his career Saints-style long ago.

  17. johngaltwho says:
    May 28, 2019 at 2:26 pm
    When the ends justify the means you get presidents who say “I can stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldnt lose any voters” and you re-sign football players who cant keep their anger and violence under control.
    ————-
    I wouldn’t have went there but you did.
    You must mean when the ends justify the means you go on television and tell people things like “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” and

  18. This dude is a piece of garbage. How do guys like this keep getting jobs in the NFL? Oh, I know….because so long as you can play, teams will look the other way if you are a psychopath. Or drink too much. Or beat your spouses.

  19. johngaltwho says:
    May 28, 2019 at 2:26 pm
    When the ends justify the means you get presidents who say “I can stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldnt lose any voters” and you re-sign football players who cant keep their anger and violence under control.
    ————-
    I wouldn’t have went there but you did.
    You must mean when the ends justify the means a POTUS goes on television and tells people things like “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” and “If you like your plan you can keep your plan”. All to sell an insidious plan that even the speaker said ‘…we have to pass it to know what’s in it.”
    Then of course you lie about it later.

  20. Typical social media. Judging and sentencing someone they only know through headlines. I’m sure Mayock looked at all sides of the issue and decided Incognito could help their team. It would be foolish to judge Mayock’s decisions without all the facts.

    9 12 Rate This

    What facts do you need? I have no problem with you if you say “I don’t care, I want to win” as a defense for signing him. But please do not defend him for his actions.

  21. This will not fare well for the Raiders.
    Too many head cases & average(at best) QB.

  22. Along with that other well-known choirboy Vontaze Burfict? Yep – the Raiders are making a good job with the character draft! Poor Clelin Farrell…

  23. JPOH33 says:
    May 28, 2019 at 2:44 pm
    Typical social media. Judging and sentencing someone they only know through headlines. I’m sure Mayock looked at all sides of the issue and decided Incognito could help their team. It would be foolish to judge Mayock’s decisions without all the facts.
    ————————————————-
    Typical post by someone who has NO CLUE……here is A CLUE…..Google is your friend….

  24. The Patriots had Aaron Hernandez on their roster for years, and they knew he wasn’t a choir boy either. Everyone thinks Belichick is the smartest GM in history. So I don’t blame Mayock or Belichick. They’re job is to try to win football games.

  25. “Not everyone copes with grief in a quiet way.”

    Uh, true. But that doesn’t really fly when you look at the details. It’s not grief. It’s some kind of emotional/mental stability issue that goes deeper than grief.

    “he threatened to shoot the employees while making funeral arrangements for his father. Police seized two Glocks, three rifles, and a suppressor for a handgun in Incognito’s truck. Employees told Scottsdale police that Incognito wanted his father’s head cut off for research purposes, and that he had walked through the funeral home punching caskets and throwing objects. “

  26. yetipro says:
    May 28, 2019 at 2:32 pm
    Not even good enough to warrant having on the team unless you explicitly want to add this kind of attitude/perspective to the locker room.
    ============================================================================
    Pro Bowl his last 2 years in the league, ’16 & ’17.

    You were saying? 🙂

  27. More than anything, Incognito will be 36 in a month and has been out of football for a year. The odds of success here are very small, especially considering he is clearly battling some mental issues.

  28. “And the hate continues. Jealousy is a horrible thing.”

    Can you take a minute out of your day and describe one thing the Raiders have that other teams’ fans would be jealous of?

    The aging locker room cancer of a WR? The oft injured and more oft suspended head hunter of a LB? The good, but not quite good enough QB? Or the emotionally unstable retired guard? Anything else?

  29. charliecharger says:
    May 28, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    The Patriots had Aaron Hernandez on their roster for years, and they knew he wasn’t a choir boy either. Everyone thinks Belichick is the smartest GM in history. So I don’t blame Mayock or Belichick. They’re job is to try to win football games.

    ——————-

    Using Hernandez as an argument for why it’s ok for the Raiders to sign Incognito seems misguided.

  30. There is no team in the NFL that doeant have at least a hand full of numbskulls. The Raiders have three that we know about. I can oblu omagine how manybypur favorite team has. Nito has been a great player and he shoild be in the league. Even with that said, what has he done that is so bad anyway? Peterson, Zeke, Kareem Hunt, Pac man, and many others have done much worse. Im happy the Raiders got Nito and I bet you would be too if he signed with your team.

  31. time will tell if he makes the final 53- but we need a LG, just like we need a TE.

  32. Can’t wait to see how this works out. I hope his temper has calmed down, because there isn’t much bad that he hasn’t done.
    A Boy Scout, what an insult to them.
    He’s a ‘lose’ canon, so get ready for the first incident, and he will be on his way home again.
    The NFL haven’t finished with him I am sure. He was retired when he threatened the Funeral Parlor employees.
    A mental nutcase, ask Jonathon Martin😴😴.

  33. JPOH33 says:
    May 28, 2019 at 2:44 pm
    Typical social media. Judging and sentencing someone they only know through headlines. I’m sure Mayock looked at all sides of the issue and decided Incognito could help their team. It would be foolish to judge Mayock’s decisions without all the facts.

    ————–

    Many facts are fully available to you. Incident in Nebraska, Incident at golf course, thousand plus texts to Jonathan Martin, which if nothing else proves he is horrible to women, incident at gym, incident at funeral home.

    It’s not just headlines. There’s enough detail there for people to be judgmental.

  34. bullcharger says:
    May 28, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    charliecharger says:
    May 28, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    The Patriots had Aaron Hernandez on their roster for years, and they knew he wasn’t a choir boy either. Everyone thinks Belichick is the smartest GM in history. So I don’t blame Mayock or Belichick. They’re job is to try to win football games.

    ——————-

    Using Hernandez as an argument for why it’s ok for the Raiders to sign Incognito seems misguided.
    —————————————————————————————-
    Was Hernandez ever in legal trouble at FLA or in NE? I’m honestly asking, not trolling. I’m curious what signs NE should have seen he was a murderer.

  35. Work him out and he looks great, sign him for minimum prove it deal, have a support group for him, have a need at LG. Makes sense.

  36. Incognito’s problems are outside of the locker room. Guys who play with him usually like him. That whole thing with J Martin was ridiculous.

  37. The hypocrisy in the NFL never ceases to amaze me…wait…check that…I’m not surprised. Incognito items a certifiable nut bag that is racist and misogynistic and has had trouble with the law. But it’s okay for him to play…but not Kaepernick. Gotcha! National Fraud League!

  38. charliecharger says:
    May 28, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    The Patriots had Aaron Hernandez on their roster for years, and they knew he wasn’t a choir boy either. Everyone thinks Belichick is the smartest GM in history. So I don’t blame Mayock or Belichick. They’re job is to try to win football games.
    ————————————————-
    You sir are today’s second winner for turning a non Patriots post in to a ‘hate the Pats’ type post. Well done. Impressive because I thought someone might go down the opposite path of how there aren’t any commenters demanding he never play in the league again after the very serious crime and weapon involvement in the situation of his father’s funeral contrasted with the many demands for large sums of money and ban from the league for Robert Kraft. You threw me a curve ball. Well done.

  39. Everyone seems to have forgotten about this one:

    “In May 2012, an anonymous woman filed a police report against Richie Incognito for battery after he allegedly “used his golf club to touch her by rubbing it up against her vagina, then up her stomach then to her chest” at an event in Aventura, FL. Incognito, who was allegedly drunk, then knocked the woman’s sunglasses off her head, rubbed his genitals against her buttocks, and emptied a bottle of water in her face, according to the report.

    Incognito was not charged, but the Miami Dolphins fined him $50,000 for “conduct deemed detrimental to the organization.”

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qkgq4v/richie-incognito-guard-accused-of-sexual-battery-with-a-golf-club

  40. Im sure he is so thankful at everything Tony Dungy did to help him get back in the league

  41. JJ412 says:
    May 28, 2019 at 4:03 pm
    bullcharger says:
    May 28, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    charliecharger says:
    May 28, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    The Patriots had Aaron Hernandez on their roster for years, and they knew he wasn’t a choir boy either. Everyone thinks Belichick is the smartest GM in history. So I don’t blame Mayock or Belichick. They’re job is to try to win football games.

    ——————-

    Using Hernandez as an argument for why it’s ok for the Raiders to sign Incognito seems misguided.
    —————————————————————————————-
    Was Hernandez ever in legal trouble at FLA or in NE? I’m honestly asking, not trolling. I’m curious what signs NE should have seen he was a murderer.

    —————————————-
    Actually he was not, and also his school covered up some stuff. I think I recall Kraft going after the school for having witheld information that the Patriots and every other team that scouted him should have been given. I dont remember what became of the action, the whole thing was so horrific that was simply a side story at that point.

  42. Robert says:
    May 28, 2019 at 2:46 pm
    So he had an incident at the funeral home? Give the guy some slack! Not everyone copes with grief in a quiet way. Individualism is what makes America special.

    —–

    And when he assaulted employees at his gym while claiming the government was spying on him? Just individualism? Makes America special? Huh?

  43. thegreatjimbrown says:
    May 28, 2019 at 3:36 pm
    “Not everyone copes with grief in a quiet way.”

    Uh, true. But that doesn’t really fly when you look at the details. It’s not grief. It’s some kind of emotional/mental stability issue that goes deeper than grief.
    +++++

    Uh, yeah Jim. Ya know, when sarcasm is so blatantly, over-the-top obvious, it’s not necessary to directly point it out. But there’s always the chance someone’s gonna come along who thinks pretending to be thick is socially redeemable, and they are validated with a few “thumbs up”.

  44. thegreatjimbrown says:
    May 28, 2019 at 3:40 pm
    “And the hate continues. Jealousy is a horrible thing.”

    Can you take a minute out of your day and describe one thing the Raiders have that other teams’ fans would be jealous of?

    The aging locker room cancer of a WR? The oft injured and more oft suspended head hunter of a LB? The good, but not quite good enough QB? Or the emotionally unstable retired guard? Anything else?

    *********************

    Yes, you forgot a coach who was out of the game for 10 years, (and wasn’t very good when he was a head coach), a first time GM with zero experience running a football team, and an owner who would move the team to Chernobyl if he thought he could make an extra buck doing it.

  45. JJ412 says:
    May 28, 2019 at 4:03 pm Was Hernandez ever in legal trouble at FLA or in NE? I’m honestly asking, not trolling. I’m curious what signs NE should have seen he was a murderer.
    ********************************************
    I asked a long time NFL personnel guy about Hernandez and he said his team removed him from their draft board for gang affiliations. I told him a lot of kids grew up in rough neighborhoods and couldn’t escape somehow or another, being associated with gangs. He told me I was correct, but Hernandez was much different. He was a well known hard core gang banger. A real bad apple. Every team knew about it. It wasn’t a secret. The teams do their research. No team has 53 choir boys, but Hernandez definitely was a different case. I don’t know if he was ever a suspected murderer prior to the NFL draft, but he was hard core. It was similar to Lawrence Phillips from Nebraska several years earlier. He was a real bad apple and everyone knew about it. I’m not blaming NE. They tried to get the kid straightened out. There’s only so much a football coach can do.

  46. HBO must be besides themselves with glee.

    Welcome to “Hard Knocks”, Oakland.

  47. thegreatjimbrown says:
    May 28, 2019 at 3:40 pm
    “And the hate continues. Jealousy is a horrible thing.”

    Can you take a minute out of your day and describe one thing the Raiders have that other teams’ fans would be jealous of?

    The aging locker room cancer of a WR? The oft injured and more oft suspended head hunter of a LB? The good, but not quite good enough QB? Or the emotionally unstable retired guard? Anything else?
    —————————————————————
    thegreatjimbrown,
    Tell me again about the Browns. Specifically, tell me about their being only the second team in NFL history to have a winless season, never having sniffed the Super Bowl and how they fired Bill Belichick and then hired Chris Palmer as coach.

  48. bullcharger says:
    May 28, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Racist… check. Woman hater. check. Violent offender. check. How is he still employed.

    ——-

    I think these are actual questions on the job applications for certain nfl teams.

  49. How bad is their guard situation that you bring in this guy? soon-to-be 36, out of the league and he’s an option? Love when teams talk about character and then do stuff like this…

  50. Robert says:
    May 28, 2019 at 2:46 pm
    So he had an incident at the funeral home? Give the guy some slack! Not everyone copes with grief in a quiet way. Individualism is what makes America special.
    __________________________________________________________________

    i really hope this was a failed attempt at a joke of some kind. Losing it in a funeral home punching and throwing things and threatening staff….oh and wanting his dads head back…isnt coping with anything other than the voices in his head. This guy needs help and maybe the team can facilitate that.

  51. floirosoldout says:
    May 28, 2019 at 3:04 pm
    ————-
    I wouldn’t have went there but you did.
    You must mean when the ends justify the means you go on television and tell people things like “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” and
    ——————————————————————————
    I love when Trumpets trot out inane moral equivalents. Obama made a famously false statement whilst seriously tackling a healthcare crisis in America and the insane clown president literally lies dozens of times a day, shows a complete lack of understanding of… well, just about everything and you think that comment somehow vindicates Trump’s historic ignorance and dishonesty. Classic. Thanks for sharing.

  52. There are many things one can say about Richie. But to hit a man that is grieving and burying his father is about as low as one can go. If he’ll take a knee during the anthem. All these haters will surely buy his Jersey in record numbers.

  53. Mike Mayock said straight out that CHARACTER matters to him. Then he signs Burfict and Incognito. So much for Mayock’s credibility.

  54. unomasmore says:
    May 28, 2019 at 5:24 pm
    Hope he takes Kolton Miller under his wing…

    ——————————

    Hope the incubation is successful.

  55. johngaltwho says:
    May 28, 2019 at 2:26 pm
    When the ends justify the means you get presidents who say “I can stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldnt lose any voters” and you re-sign football players who cant keep their anger and violence under control.
    _____________________________________________

    You also get people who will use any venue to put their full TDS on display, no matter how irrelevant it is to the topic at hand.

  56. Mayock is letting stress mess with his character. He knows Richie has mental health issues and he is taking advantage of them to his benefit.

    Richie will not come out of this well. Everyone knows it. Some will profit from it.

  57. If Incognito injures one teammate I hope the team gets sued. They are putting the lives of every person on that team at risk. He is an unstable ticking time bomb and they know it. If I was a player on that team I’d be beyond pissed.

  58. The truth is that once you sign Burfict, pretty much everyone else qualifies as “high character” by comparison.

  59. Dolphins fan here. Ritchie got a raw deal in Miami. That Jonathan Martin was a stooge. Incognito has issues, but very few don’t. I wish him well.

  60. Eaglehaslanded !!! says:
    May 28, 2019 at 4:24 pm
    The hypocrisy in the NFL never ceases to amaze me…wait…check that…I’m not surprised. Incognito items a certifiable nut bag that is racist and misogynistic and has had trouble with the law. But it’s okay for him to play…but not Kaepernick. Gotcha! National Fraud League!
    ==================================
    I am not a fan of the Incognito signing but the NFL is not stopping any team from signing Kaepernick.

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