While the Jacksonville Jaguars pass rush only got home twice during their physical victory over the Buffalo Bills in the first week of the NFL playoffs, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and his partners on the defensive front were at the heels of quarterback Tyrod Taylor and his eventual replacement, Nathan Peterman, all night, forcing them into a pair of interceptions and a fumble.
According to Ngakoue, the Bills offensive line’s attempts at stopping the force of the Jags pass rush were so feeble that one member of the opposition resulted to the lowest, most pathetic form of resistance: racism.
The end’s accusation was pointed at a likely suspect: left guard Richie Incognito.
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
In 2013, Incognito was suspended for racially harassing Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin. He didn’t get picked up by an NFL team until the Bills signed him in 2015.
Some of Incognito’s teammates have since come to his defense.
Just for the world to know, everyone always tryna put some bad thing on @68INCOGNITO i was next to my guy the entire game and the entire season and believe me, if he was saying some racist stuff I would have been the first to let him know that was out of line. Cut The BS
— Dion Dawkins (@DDawkins66) January 8, 2018
Ngakoue, whose father is from Cameroon and whose mother is from the West Indies, reiterated his claim on Monday.
“He said what he said. He knows what he said,” noted Ngakoue, who has 20 sacks through his first two seasons. “I don’t have to repeat it. … I’ve been playing this game since I was a little kid. You hear all type of stuff. Stuff’s not going to bother you but somebody says something about your ethnicity, that’s really kind of taking it a little bit too far.
“I’m all with trash talk. It’s part of the game but you can’t say certain things.”
The Bills have an out on Incognito’s contract for next year. To keep the known racist who appears not have learned his lesson for another season, they’d need to pay him just under $8 million in 2018.