Geno Smith sucker punched over $600, out 6-10 weeks with Broken Jaw

by John Syders | Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015


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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith was sucker punched in the Jaw Tuesday at the Jets facility, the dispute was reportedly over $600 sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Geno Smith will be out for roughly half the NFL season.  He reportedly accepted a $600 plane ticket from teammate IK Enemkpali to appear at the back up linebackers football training camp in Pflugerville, Texas.   Reportedly the drama began when Geno Smith was a no show at the training camp, this happening after Geno had lost someone close to him in a motorcycle accident (according to sources who are close to Smith.)

 

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A 2015 photo of Ikemefuna Enemkpali of the New York Jets. The team released him on Aug. 11, 2015. AP

 

When Smith did not attend his camp, Enemkpali, who was understandably distraught he was out $600 dollars, demanded that the Jets quarterback compensate him in full for the money he allegedly used to purchase the plane ticket. Smith communicated to Enemkpali that he would reimburse him the money, Despite the claim Smith had still not payed his debt as of Tuesday morning. Enkempali confronted Smith early on Tuesday about the money, and the confrontation ended in an Enemkpali punch and Smith’s broken jaw.

Immediately after the altercation 6th round pick Enemkpali was released from the team, but only after Head Coach Todd Bowles had a quick chat with the team.  Todd Bowles said “it’s up to him [Geno}” regaurding whether or not charges would be pressed on Enemkpali.

“It was nothing to do with football. … It was very childish,” Bowles said. “He got cold-cocked … sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He’s got a broken jaw, a fractured jaw.  The team knows it. It’s something we don’t tolerate, something we can’t stand,” Bowles said. “You don’t walk up to a man and punch him in the face.”

“You can call him every name in the book and point in his face and do whatever you want,” Bowles said later, “but when you punch a man in the face, that’s some serious stuff.”

Enamkpali released a statement apologizing for his actions

“I apologize to the Jets organization, coaches, teammates and fans. Geno and I let our frustration get the best of us, but I should have just walked away from the situation. I deeply regret and apologize for my actions. It was never my intention to harm anyone. I appreciate the opportunity I had with the Jets,”  Enamkpali told reporters.

Bowles also commented on the aftermath of the situation.

“Once Enemkpali calmed down, he was very remorseful….. from Geno’s standpoint, anytime someone punches you in the face unwarranted, you’re going to be pissed off — and he was pissed off.”

Just as it seemed like the Jets were finding some sort of in-house stability, an incident like this occurs, frankly I’m not to surprised.

 

 

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