The Raiders always knew this could happen when they signed troubled offensive lineman Richie Incognito. Now, it's official.
Incognito has been suspended without pay by the NFL for the first two games of the 2019 regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Raiders guard Richie Incognito has been suspended two games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
He will be allowed to participate fully in training camp and the preseason. He will return to the active roster on Sept. 16, and be eligible to play in Week 3.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) July 12, 2019
Incognito, 36, was convicted of disorderly conduct stemming from an Aug. 2018 incident at an Arizona funeral home shortly after his father's death. He reportedly was also taken to a mental health hospital after making threats in a Florida gym in May 2018.
This comes years after his publicized bullying scandal with the Dolphins. He missed the entire 2014 season for the incident.
"We can't control what the NFL will do," Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said to reporters in late May about a possible Incognito suspension.
Mayock and coach Jon Gruden made an emphasis on high-character players this offseason. The Incognito signing isn't exactly in line with that.
"Both Jon and I have talked a lot about foundation. We have reinforced that with our draft. At the end of the day, you can't have all Boy Scouts," Mayock said. "You have to do your homework in each individual case. We've done our homework. We've talked to an awful lot of people. We talked to Richie and told him what we expect on and off the field and we'll expect him to adhere to that. … The infrastructure will be here for him to use."
The Raiders signed Incognito to a one-year contract on May 28. They will have to wait two games to see what the veteran can provide on the field.