Richie Incognito Just Bizarrely Retired
I’m done 😜
— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) April 10, 2018
I think Richie Incognito just retired?
@68INCOGNITO just told me the following: “I’m, done. That’s it. It’s been a long career. Went to the doctor. 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.” Full story to come.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) April 10, 2018
Richie Incognito did indeed just retire.
What a wild way to end your career, just randomly tweet at the NFL players association and the NFLPA executive director.
I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure this all time power move makes Richie the first professional athlete to announce his own retirement via cryptic tweet. Also probably the first to just straight up announce it on Twitter.
Not gonna lie here, it hasn’t been the best offseason for Incognito.
First he took a massive paycut.
Source: G Richie Incognito has officially agreed to a pay cut with the Bills. His base salary drops from $6.325M to $3.65M, plus he collected a $1M bonus. The team created $1.675M in cap space.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 21, 2018
Then he fired his agent for negotiating the massive paycut (also via Twitter)
@AthletesFirst You are Fired! I wish you guys nothing but the best moving forward. Thank you for all of your help and guidance along the way. It’s time for me to go in a new direction ✌🏼
— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) April 5, 2018
Then I guess he just decided to up and quit football. Gotta respect it.
Couple of things on that Vic Carucci tweet:
Richie will not be ending up in the Hall of Fame. No matter how well he played or how good his career was (it was okay), pretty sure the whole “bullied the hell out of Jonathan Martin” narrative wouldn’t look so great on a plaque in Canton.
Blaming football for your liver and kidneys shutting down is the ultimate power play. Pretty sure everyone in the world knows that he was the epitome of a party boy in his early career.
Even though Incognito has been a noted asshole in the past, I respect the hell of him for big leaguing national writers and just announcing he was firing his agent and that he was retiring himself. Nobody can have the scoop first when you drop the bombs yourself.
-Brian Borders (@bborders12)