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Former Dolphins and current Bills player Richie Incognito accused of racial slurs

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Timothy L. Ludwig)

Former Miami Dolphins and current Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito is finding himself in controversy yet again. This time Incognito is being accused of using racial slurs during the Bills 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is saying that throughout the game, Incognito was using racial slurs. Ngakoue took to Twitter about the incidents:

By 64, Ngakoue is referring to Incognito. Check out the hashtag though. He brings up Jonathan Martin. If you recall it was Incognito who was the ring leader in what resulted in Jonathan Martin leaving the Dolphins midway through the 2013 season.

Incognito along with Mike Pouncey and John Jerry were being accused of verbally abusing Martin throughout the season. It go so bad that Martin decided to leave the team. When Martin tossed the allegations out about these issues, which included racially insensitive comments uttered by Incognito, allegedly, the NFL hired Ted Wells as an independent investigator.

What Wells found out was that Incognito was the ring leader in harassing Martin. Once everything was made public, Incognito would get cut by the Dolphins and would be out of work until the Bills picked him up in 2015, which he has played since.

On Monday afternoon, Ngakoue repeated to the media that Incognito used a racial slur Sunday directed at his African heritage, but again, would not be specific. “He knows what he said, I don’t have to repeat it,’’ Ngakoue said. “I’ve been playing this game since I was a little kid, you hear all type of stuff, stuff is not going to bother you. But if somebody says something about your ethnicity that’s really kind of taking it a little bit too far. I’m all with trash talking, it’s part of the game. But you can’t say certain things.’’

Further, coach Doug Marrone told the media at his Monday press conference that the NFL is, in fact, investigating Ngakoue’s claim.

The fact that Incognito is once again in the middle of a major controversy clearly isn’t a surprise. He has been trouble since his days at Nebraska. After getting kicked out of the program and school at Nebraska, he transferred to Oregon. At Oregon he only lasted two weeks as he once again was showing no signs of rehabilitating his character. He would be forced to leave that program as well.

Incognito would be drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round. Throughout his career he would be constantly battling the mantra of being a dirty player as he would be constantly fined for his antics. In 2010 he would land with the Miami Dolphins where his incessant trolling would be taken to higher measures.

He had been rather tame while in Buffalo, until the most recent complaints. You may ask yourself why he keeps getting jobs. Well he made the Pro Bowl this season, so clearly he’s extremely talented. But he’s also a trouble maker and it was only a matter of time for his troubles to catch up to the Bills. On Sunday, we finally got yet another glimpse of troubled player who can’t seem to get out his own way.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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