Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Richie Incognito reputation of bullying dates back to at least 2002

2013-11-04 Richie Incognito

Richie Incognito has a bullying reputation that far precedes this current predicament he is in with the Miami Dolphins.

In 2002, during Incognito's freshman season at Nebraska, former teammate David Kolowski recalls a time when Incognito purposefully plowed a non-scholarship offensive lineman named Jack Limbaugh in the back, knocking him to the ground for no apparent reason.

Limbaugh responded by getting to his feet, grabbing his equipment, and then storming off the field and out of football practice.

"Richie was a guy who came in with all the talent in the world, and Jack was an easy mark for a guy like Richie, who came across as a bully," Kolowski told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "Jack was a walk-on just trying to make the team. There was a bit of that kind of bullying with Jack. He didn't appreciate it, but in that culture you don't run and cry to the coaches.

Since that time, Incognito has been convicted of misdemeanor assault and suspended from Nebraska at least two times before transferring to Oregon in 2004. He was accused of routinely instigating fights with teammates and spitting at opponents. Oregon cut him loose before he even participated in one of their practices.

Once Incognito got to the NFL, he quickly gained a reputation for being of the league's dirtiest players, as evidenced by the fact he was named the dirtiest in a 2009 survey by the Sporting News.

Via USA Today

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