By Nick Hamilton | USA
When you think of the current state of the NFL and the current climate of our country today, you really wouldn’t think of an NFL player allegedly inciting racism.
Well, I was just as shocked as you are to learn that Bills Tackle Richie Incognito has been accused by Jacksonville Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue of directing racial slurs towards the defensive end.
Ngakoue took to Twitter to speak about this issue:
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!
64 is the number that Incognito wears.
Now, while 71Republic is not picking sides, it wouldn’t be fair to form an opinion on this issue without prior knowledge.
This isn’t the first time Incognito has been accused of using racial slurs. Back in 2013, when Incognito played for the Miami Dolphins, he was accused (and eventually proven guilty in an investigation by Ted Wells) of using racial slurs in a series of text messages and voicemails towards then-teammate Jonathan Martin. He was suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season and didn’t play until 2015.
Bills LT Dion Dawkins, who is African American, denies all allegations thrown at Incognito, saying in a tweet:
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
The NFL has stated that it will launch an investigation into the matter.