Richie Incognito has had an extremely tumultuous off-season. The controversial guard was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl in 2017, but it looks like his NFL career might be over.
“I’m done, I’m done, that’s it. It’s been a long career,” Incognito told the Buffalo News. “My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing me. It’s just about doing what’s right. I just want to be in the Hall of Fame.”
We spoke with the alleged victim who tells us Incognito first threw a tennis ball at him for no reason — before grabbing a dumbbell and heaving that as well.
The alleged victim says Incognito was rambling about the government and screaming at the man to “get off my f*cking playground.”
Law enforcement confirms cops were called to the gym and met with Incognito.
Even after that, Incognito has apparently decided that his retirement is short-lived. He has been cut by the Bills from the team's reserve/retired list, and is a free agent.
Incognito recently said that the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks are two teams that he had received calls from, but that he wanted to avoid going to training camp.
The Vikings could use an offensive lineman, and head coach Mike Zimmer was asked about Richie Incognito.
He pretty flatly denied that that had taken place:
Incognito didn't take kindly to that. He took to Twitter to blast Zimmer this afternoon:
He also posted screengrabs of a conversation he says he had with former Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano about potentially being a Viking over the last few months.
Sparano died of heart disease suddenly last month. He was 56. Assuming that Incognito did text Sparano, there's no guarantee the late coach ever mentioned him as a possibility to Zimmer, or that Zimmer or another higher-up in Minnesota reached out to Incognito.