Richie Incognito may be a lot of things, but he is nothing if not a fighter who never admits when he is finished. The former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman seems to have more lives than a cat, and Buffalo Bills are the team that has given him the ‘ninth’ of those cat lives.
Incognito will suit up for the Bills this season and will play for a head coach in Rex Ryan who is looking for redemption in coaching terms, but the lineman who he has entrusted this offseason is looking for a much deeper redemption from within himself – or so he would have you believe.
The NFL is beautiful in that it is one of the few global sports that put even the most controversial stars on the mic to speak to the press. Marshawn Lynch of course bucks that trend, but Incognito did not this week when he spoke to reporters about his second chance in the NFL.
Incognito was suspended from the NFL in 2013 for allegedly bullying teammate Jonathan Martin and other Dolphins employees. Bullying makes it sound somewhat tame, and an intense read of The Wells Report is probably needed if you do not remember that Incognito was said to have harassed Martin to the point of touching him inappropriately.
The second coming
That is why when Incognito attempted to make a sincere effort to brush the past under the carpet during a session with reporters this week, which you can WATCH on this link, you cannot help but feel more than a little uneasy.
"There were a lot of things said and done that I wish I could change," Incognito said Monday, according to The Associated Press. "I think I can use this situation to shed light on a sensitive subject, as well as kind of put my best foot forward and show that I have grown and have learned from this situation."
The Wells Report
Learned from what situation? Oh yes that’s right.
- NFL.com reported in February 2014 of the Wells Report: The most concise summary of the harassment: "We find that the Assistant Trainer repeatedly was targeted with racial slurs and other racially derogatory language.
- “Player A frequently was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching. Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments."
Like what was explained above, Incognito has nine lives. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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