Shortly after the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue took to Twitter to accuse opposing offensive lineman Richie Incognito of directing a racial slur towards him during the game.
Great win to day! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I’m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin!— YANNICK NGAKOUE! (@YannGetSacks91) January 8, 2018
“Great win today!,” Ngakoue tweeted. “And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I’m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin!”
Ngakoue is of course referring to Incognito, who wears No. 64 for the Bills and his hashtag refers to Jonathan Martin, the player Incognito bullied in 2013 when both were members of the Miami Dolphins, which coincidentally also included racial slurs, such as allegedly calling Martin a “half-[racial slur]” among other things.
When asked to clarify his comments, Ngakoue said to Mike Kaye of First Coast News:
“[Incognito] said what he said yesterday, and like I said before, we had a great team win yesterday and I said what I needed to say yesterday,” Ngakoue said.
Ngakoue said he posted the message on social media because he just felt like people should know what happened during the game.
”There [were] 22 players on the field yesterday, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who heard [smack talk],” Ngakoue said.
The Jaguars defensive end said he didn’t recall the use of the “n-word.” He said he didn’t know if his Jaguars’ teammates heard Incognito’s alleged comments. Ngakoue said he was “sure” that Incognito’s teammates heard his accused remarks.
“I couldn’t confront him,” Ngakoue said I had to focus on the game, I had to focus on winning.”
Three of Ngakoue’s defensive line teammates said they didn’t hear the alleged remarks from Incognito. The offensive lineman’s former teammate and current Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said he wasn’t even aware of the incident.
“I have no comment on that,” Dareus said. “I don’t know anything about it.”
Yannick is doubling down on the comments and although he doesn’t feel comfortable saying exactly what Incognito allegedly told him on the field, I still believe him. Again, Yannick has no reason to make this up and Incognito has a history of abuse, bullying, racial slurs, and bigotry.
So... who do we believe? Ngakoue, who has had zero off-the-field problems and has no history of making these sorts of things up or Incognito, the garbage human that was out of football for a year and a half because he repeatedly bullied a teammate and roped other players into doing the same?