Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Bills GM says alleged racial slur by Richie Incognito was 'a misunderstanding'

Bills GM says alleged racial slur by Richie Incognito was 'a misunderstanding'

Bills general manager Brandon Beane confirmed on Tuesday that the National Football League has opened an investigation into the accusation by Jacksonville's Yannick Ngakoue that Buffalo's Richie Incognito used a racial slur during Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game. However, the GM thinks Ngakoue may not have understood what Incognito said to him.

Three of Ngakoue's defensive line teammates said they didn't hear the alleged remarks from Incognito.

"I've known coach McDermott for some time", said fullback Mike Tolbert.

Williams, who completed the final year of his contract, said there is no time frame as to whether he will return by saying he'll know better after meeting with Bills management. "I don't have to repeat it".

Ngakoue spoke with local reporters about the accusations during the Jaguars' weekly Monday post-game locker room availability.

It's either he said it or he didn't, but coming with a "I don't remember" casts a huge cloud of doubt that anything was said, since it wasn't important enough to remember.

I spent the afternoon watching the game with my dad, a long-suffering Bills fan who, at 78, really started to wonder whether he'd ever see the postseason as a fan again.

"It's early in the process right now", McDermott said. "Stuff's not going to bother you, but somebody says something about your ethnicity, that's really kind of taking it a little bit too far".

It's not to say that was game over. "There's a lot of hands in the cookie jar, so to speak, and Sean and I know we have to get better on offense, on defense, on special teams". I'm all with trash talk. I know he's heading home to Louisiana.

Brief and disappointing as the Buffalo Bills' first playoff appearance in 18 years was, veteran center Eric Wood can already find a bright side.

Former Virginia Tech and current Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was trying to lead his team on a game-winning drive against the Jaguars until he took a vicious hit that knocked him out of the game. "There were a lot of guys talking as if it was coached to get us to lose our cool, so we can get a 15-yard penalty".

"That's something that we noticed going into the year", Beane said. "You don't go to racial slurs; that's not OK".

Jones said he could tell Ngakoue was upset but wasn't sure why. I had a good conversation with him yesterday. There's boundaries. If he did overstep I would have said something. That's pretty big for Yan.

"I saw flashes, at times, of this thing getting turned in the right direction", McDermott said. "He usually swings, so that's an improvement".

Incognito, 34, was defended late Sunday by a fellow offensive lineman for the Bills, Dion Dawkins. Buffalo gave Incognito a second chance in the National Football League after the Miami Dolphins suspended him for the final eight games of the 2013 season for his role in a bullying scandal in which former National Football League offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was a target.

In a voice message to Martin, Incognito used racial slurs and profane language. Incognito's attorney later called the report "replete with errors".

-The Bills made the playoffs despite an offense that sputtered all season, especially in the passing game, ranking 29th in total yards, 31st in passing yards, tied for 26th in first downs, and 22nd in points.

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