Jaguars defensive end accuses Richie Incognito of using racial slurs during game https://t.co/C0i9b6iCQ9— For The Win (@ForTheWin) January 8, 2018
Athletes are known to exchange insults during games, but Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Yannick Ngakoue took offense to Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito’s choice of words.
Ngakoue claimed that the Bills guard directed racial slurs toward him on the field, so he took to Twitter hours after the Jaguars’ AFC wild-card win over the Bills to address it, according to Yahoo!.
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
It was very bold, and he kept it classy even though he didn’t have to after feeling disrespected
“... 64, you goin to have to come harder than some weak racist slurs,” he wrote. “I’m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin.”
Ngakoue was referring to a 2013 incident in which Incognito used racial slurs toward former football player and teammate Jonathan Martin, who was an offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins at the time. Evidence implicated Incognito of wrongdoing, and he was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins.
Incognito was later given another chance to play for the Bills in 2015 after not playing for a team in 2014. It was reported that Incognito’s bullying of the mixed-race Martin involved him leaving threatening voicemails and calling Martin a “half-[racial slur],” according to Yahoo!.
I've seen some of the evidence, and there are indeed threats of violence/racial slurs. More context, in this case, is needed.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 4, 2013
Incognito has yet to respond to Ngakoue’s accusation.
A known racist, Incognito is not afraid to be himself and direct hate toward football players of color, who, according to Ngakoue, make up 70 percent of the NFL. The race climate in the NFL is not at its best right now — take Colin Kaepernick’s fight to get his message heard as a prime example. But Incognito doesn’t seem to care about that, and his behavior is toxic.
There should be no room for that behavior in the NFL or anywhere.
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