Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane acknowledged on Tuesday that there was “an exchange” between Bills guard Richie Incognito and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue.
“There was definitely an exchange,” Beane said. “I think there is a misunderstanding of what was said.”
On Sunday night, after the Jaguars’ 10-3 wild-card win, Ngakoue wrote on Twitter, “64 [Incognito’s jersey number] you goin to have to come harder than some weak racial slurs. I’m proud of my African heritage.”
It’s unclear what specifically Incognito may have said to Ngakoue, whose father is from Cameroon and mother from the West Indies.
On Monday, Ngakoue said it happened after a running play, but did not recall whether Incognito used the N-word, though there are other slurs or demeaning words he could have used.
“I don’t remember, but, you know, he said what he said. He knows what he said. I don’t have to repeat it,” Ngakoue said.
Beane said the team is still gathering information on the incident, and the NFL has said its looking into it as well.
“From what I understand, it was a little bit of on the field stuff, back and forth,” Beane said.
Incognito did not make himself available on Monday, during the Bills’ final open-locker room session of the year.
One of Incognito’s teammates, tackle Dion Dawkins, tweeted that he was next to Incognito all game and didn’t hear anything.
Incognito was suspended by the Miami Dolphins for the final half of the 2013 season and missed all of the 2014 season after he was found to have used racial slurs against former teammate Jonathan Martin and made sexually explicit comments about Martin’s sister, exchanged texts with another teammate about buying guns in part to shoot black people, and taunted an Asian-American member of the team’s training staff.
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