Buffalo Bills GM cites 'misunderstanding' in alleged Incognito, Ngakoue racial slur incident

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The Jaguars' Yannick Ngakoue had stood by his assertion Monday, although he declined to specify what he heard Incognito say.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane confirmed on Tuesday that the National Football League has opened an investigation into the accusation by Jacksonville's Yannick Ngakoue that Buffalo's Richie Incognito used a racial slur during Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game. Carolina had no timeouts left, and a good punt would have forced them to go the length of the field for a touchdown without a great deep threat and a passing attack that had been dinking and dunking underneath all day.

Ngakoue said on Twitter on Sunday night that a Bills player wearing No. 64 was going to "have to come harder than some weak racist slurs".

Ngakoue spoke with local reporters about the accusations during the Jaguars' weekly Monday post-game locker room availability. We really are. I know we said it and people drew their own conclusions of what our strategy was or what this team was or was not going to be. The game also featured the likes of Paul Posluszny, playing in his first ever playoff game against the team that drafted him in the second-round of 2007.

The Jaguars defensive end said he didn't recall the use of the "N-word". "You hear all type of stuff".

Now comes the next challenge for a franchise still in the rebuilding stages of an overhaul that first-year coach Sean McDermott instituted upon replacing Rex Ryan a little over a year ago.

"I didn't hear anything but I know how Yan is", Jones said. "I couldn't confront him". Buffalo has lost five straight playoff games since a 37-22 win over Miami in a wild-card game on December 30, 1995. I know Richie is trying to reach out to the other young man that was involved.

Incognito has a history of controversy in the NFL. The Jags DE made reference in a tweet to Incognito's infamous bullying scandal with former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. The Bills were often seen as the underdog and knocked off potential playoff teams like the Falcons, Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs and Dolphins not once but twice. Martin accused Incognito of harassment and player misconduct. He has been named to two Pro Bowls - including this year's all-star game - and avoided negative publicity since signing with Buffalo.

"I'm all with trash talk". "Sometimes when it's a certain person, it rubs you a certain way and sometimes if it's a guy you aren't really [feeling ill will towards] you let it roll off. We just could never get on track consistently". He added that comments like that show the league still has work to do with social issues.

"No, I don't remember, but, you know, he said what he said", Ngakoue said (via ESPN). "From what I understand, it was a little bit of on-the-field stuff back and forth". I know Sean had a conversation. He was a big part of the leadership, not only of our defense but of our team, so you definitely want that back, but it's a two-way thing.

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