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Richie Incognito says NFL 'chapter has closed'

Richie Incognito has apparently returned to retirement again.

The former Buffalo Bills guard made the announcement in a Twitter video he posted to promote his role as a national ambassador for Boo2Bullying, an anti-bullying organization in Los Angeles.

"The last 14, 23 years this is who you've seen. Richard Incognito reporting for duty," he said. "Now that the NFL chapter has closed, it's behind me. Now we've got Boo2Bullying. Locked and loaded, buddy, let's go. I'm bringing all my passion straight from the NFL."

Incognito, who agreed to a pay cut to remain with the Bills after three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, suddenly retired in April after firing his agents via Twitter. He then asked the Bills to release him and remove him from the retired/reserve list so he could resume his career with another team. The Bills released him May 21, but he had not been signed by another team.

His hopes of landing with another team took a major hit when he was taken into custody in Florida after a dispute at a gym and spending three days at a mental hospital.

Incognito was named a national ambassador on July 13. In a press release, he revealed that he was bullied in high school. This two-part video series on Twitter further explained his reasons for wanting to work with the group. He also tweeted that he put $100,000 toward the organization.

"I realized that at times I have not treated people the way that I should have treated them," he said in the video. "I have not been kind or compassionate but rather coarse and insensitive. But that's my personality. ... I said some things in the past that I thought were edgy or funny but really hurt people's feelings. Even though these were people I cared about and considered friends I said things to them that affected them.

"Likewise, I've had had things said to me that have affected me, the big tough football guy. So I apologize for the things I said. It's a learning process, life is a journey."

Incognito also brought up his 2013 incident in Miami, where an NFL investigation found Incognito and two Miami Dolphins teammates were involved in a "pattern of harassment" of teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito, who was suspended in 2014, disputed the findings. He returned to football in 2015 with the Bills.

Incognito will appear on behalf of the organization at a July 26 event in Los Angeles.

 

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