The saga involving controversial Bills OL Richie Incognito and his alleged racial slurs towards Jaguars DL Yannick Ngakoue during the Wildcard Game on January 7th continued at the Pro Bowl in Orlando on Thursday.
And Incognito and Ngakoue appear to have buried the hatchet with Icognito apologizing in person on Wednesday in the locker room for the AFC Players. He then talked to SI’s Peter King earlier Thursday in an exclusive interview about all of the events:
‘We were able to get together as men and talk about it.’
— The MMQB (@theMMQB) January 25, 2018
Icognito told King, “I saw him in the locker room, went up to him, said, ‘Good to finally meet you,’ I apologized for my part in this, and I said I hope we can get a drink here and I can get to know you better,” said Incognito. “He was cool. We shook hands and hugged it out.”
For his part, Ngakoue apparently accepted the apology, and wants to move on at this point. He declined to talk to King or make further comment to anyone else about the incident and about Icognito apologizing.
Also key in all of this: despite what Buffalo Bills reporter/insider Vic Carruci tweeted Monday night and he’s now deleted , Incognito did not have a press conference to completely come clean about what he allegedly said to Ngakoue during the game. And also, most importantly, the NFL has not concluded its investigation and may still punish Incognito.
The NFL confirmed to King this afternoon that the investigation in discipline is ongoing and they don’t have time frame before they will conclude and possibly rule on discipline.
And Incognito was previously disciplined/suspended in 2013 by his team then, the Miami Dolphins, for the final eight games of the season for his comments and bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin.
He also sat unsigned for all of 2014, before the Bills gave him another shot in 2015.
As for Ngakoue, after a tremendous second season that has been rewarded by his Pro Bowl selection, he obviously made his point and wants to go play football.
We’ll see, if the NFL agrees.
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