Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito is expected to avoid punishment from the NFL after being accused of using racial slurs during a game, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports.
#NFL investigation into exchange between #Bills OG Richie Incognito & #Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue has concluded & Incognito is not expected to be punished, per league source. He is at the Pro Bowl & expected to address the matter with media there.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) January 23, 2018
Incognito allegedly used racial slurs during the Bills playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 7. Jacksonville defensive tackle Yannick Ngakoue took to Twitter after the game to call out Incognito for his “weak racist slurs.”
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
ESPN reported later Monday that the NFL still intended to “review accusations” about Incognito in light of the Buffalo News report.
Incognito has a history of being involved with racial tension, serving an eight-game suspension in 2013 after a bullying scandal with the Miami Dolphins in which he was accused of using slurs against teammate Jonathan Martin, the aforementioned “64” in Ngakoue’s tweet.
A pariah after the controversy, Incognito didn’t find work in 2014 before the Bills took a chance, bringing back to the NFL in 2015.
Incognito’s teammate Dion Dawkins defended Incognito after Ngakoue’s accusation.
Just for the world to know, everyone always tryna put some bad thing on @68INCOGNITO i was next to my guy the entire game and the entire season and believe me, if he was saying some racist stuff I would have been the first to let him know that was out of line. Cut The BS
— Dion Dawkins (@DDawkins66) January 8, 2018