In a move that wasn’t a surprise, the NFL has suspended the new Raiders guard two games in 2019 for off-the-field conduct.
The Raiders knew back in May when they signed guard Richie Incognito to a free agent contract, he came with some risk – especially in the short term. That’s why it wasn’t a surprise when former Pro Bowler Incognito was suspended by the NFL Friday for two games during the upcoming 2019 season.
The incident in questions occurred at the funeral of Incognito’s later father last August. At the funeral home, Incognito insisted he access to his father’s body in order to remove and preserve his head. When police arrived and arrested him, they found his truck full of firearms.
I feel comfortable that he’s going to compete on the field and I feel comfortable that he wants to compete off the field, and we’re going to provide the infrastructure for him so at the end of the day I think it’s a two-way street. We got to help him help himself.Mike Mayock, May 2019
Incognito plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly contact in March, just a few months prior to signing with the Raiders.
“We’ve done a lot of homework on him, OK? I’ve known some of the line coaches he’s played for, I’ve called several people around the league,” Mayock told the media after his signing in May. “I feel comfortable that he’s going to compete on the field and I feel comfortable that he wants to compete off the field, and we’re going to provide the infrastructure for him so at the end of the day I think it’s a two-way street. We got to help him help himself.”
The 36-year-old lineman has a long history of incidents on and off the field including the infamous bullying of former Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin in 2013.
Incognito is expected to fill the hole created by the trade of Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets prior to this year’s NFL Draft. With rookie running back Josh Jacobs now in the fold, and the need to better protect Derek Carr’s blindside, the two-game suspension isn’t ideal but the short term was a sigh of relief for Oakland.
Rookes and veterans begin reporting to Napa next week for the formal start of Raiders training camp.