Incognito, at heart of NFL's bullying scandal, visits former team

Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:19pm EDT
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By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito, released in 2013 by the Miami Dolphins for his role in a bullying scandal, admitted on Tuesday that playing his former team this weekend will have "a little more meaning" than other games on the schedule.

Incognito, however, said it is time to move on from the episode that rocked the National Football League and nearly ended his career.

"I’m personally motivated for every single game I play in," Incognito told reporters in Buffalo. "I’m juiced up. I'm amped up for every single game. This one just has a little more meaning."

Incognito, 32, was at the heart of a bullying scandal regarding the treatment of former Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin midway through the 2013 season.

Martin, who is black, said he had been subjected to harassment, which an investigator said included racial slurs and sexual taunts about his mother and sister.

A 2012 Pro Bowler, Incognito, who is white, was suspended for the final eight games of the season when the scandal erupted and then cut. He missed all of last season. The Bills signed him to a one-year deal in February.

"I would hope that we could move past all this, but I definitely understand that it's still going to be prevalent, probably through the end of this year," Incognito said.

"Probably the Monday Night Football guys will be bringing it up five years from now."   Continued...

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) tries to stop New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (top R) from sacking Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne in the first quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 2, 2011.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder