Richie Incognito tore up Roger Goodell and Ted Wells in a recent interview with Newsday. Incognito was the face of the BullyGate scandal in Miami, and when asked about the entire situation Incognito blasted the NFL Commissioner as well as their independent investigator.
“I just think it’s bogus, the whole system in how it’s set up with Roger and the complete, absolute power he has,” Incognito said. “He has so much power and he hires independent investigators who come in and are obviously not independent. They come in with an agenda and they come in looking to find facts to back up their argument. All the facts are slanted in their favor.
“Ted Wells came in with a mission against me,” he said. “Ted Wells came in slanted against me and everything in his report was slanted against me. There were some things in there that would have helped my cause that were left out.”
“Teammate testimony, stuff like that,” Incognito said. “You see that in Brady’s case. There’s a lot of stuff that got left out. There’s a lot of misinformation.”
“I think with Roger, with so much power, just keeps fumbling over independent investigations and making everything public,” he said. “I think it just needs to be a more concise system. Roger can’t be the judge, jury and executioner on this thing. I understand league discipline. You have to get after guys who are being dumb. But you can’t appeal back to the person who handed down your punishment. You have to get a little power out of [Goodell’s] hands and get [an independent arbitrator] to take a look at it.”
“Just cleaning up the game on the field, taking away the big hits, making a point of emphasis to make the game better and safer,” Incognito said. “That initiative is great. But on the league discipline, I think some things need to change. I just think he wields a little too much power on some things.”
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