On Sunday night, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue accused Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito of using a racist slur during Sunday’s Wild Card playoff game between the two teams. On Monday, he doubled down on his statement while refusing to elaborate with what, exactly, Incognito said.
On Tuesday at their year-end press conference, head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane addressed the situation. Beane admitted that there was an exchange of words, but didn’t know what was said calling it a “misunderstanding”.
“Anytime you have an accusation like that, you take it very seriously,” Beane said. “We have spoken to Richie and understand his side of the story. I know Richie is trying to reach out to the other young man that was involved. From what I understand, it was a little bit of on the field stuff back and forth. I know there’s one accusation. We’re looking into it. I’ve spoken with the league. We’re going to follow protocol. That’s really where it’s at.”
None of Incognito’s teammates heard it. The same can be said for Ngakoue’s.
“We’re still gathering the facts,” continued Beane. “Until we really know what happened from all sides of the story, that’s really where we’re at.”
Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell told the media on Monday that he thought the Bills coaches had told their players to talk trash during the game. McDermott responded curtly.
“You know what, they won the game,” McDermott said. “The whole situation to me is very unfortunate. I’ll just leave it at that.”
Incognito was conspicuously absent from locker room clean out day and hasn’t posted on Twitter since the accusations came to light.