There are two sides to every story, or at least that is what some are claiming when it comes to IK Enemkpali punching Geno Smith in the face in a locker room disagreement.
The punch that broke Smith’s jaw, which resulted in Jets coach Todd Bowles announcing the quarterback will be missing 6 to 10 weeks while recovering from the injury, has widely been reported as unprovoked, however other sources are claiming that Smith “deserved it”.
According to an eyewitness, Smith was “up in (Enemkpali’s) face and pointed/touched his face,” during the altercation which ultimately resulted in Enemkpali striking Smith.
On Tuesday, ESPN reporter Adam Schefter revealed that the disagreement arose over $600 which Smith allegedly owed Enemkpali. The linebacker claimed that he had purchased Smith a plane ticket to attend his football camp but the quarterback was unable to make it. According to Schefter Smith has yet to reimburse Enemkpali for the ticket this was the cause of their argument.
The punch resulted in the release of Enemkpali from the Jets, but he was just as quickly hired to play for the Buffalo Bills by former Jets coach Rex Ryan on Wednesday.
Ryan Clark came to Enemkpali’s defense on ESPN Radio Wednesday morning, as well as in an article in the New York Post.
“These guys were in each other’s face,” Clark said via the acticle. “Geno put his finger in his face and told the guy, ‘Well, you’re not going to do anything about it.’
“It became about the fact that Geno wasn’t necessarily apologetic and being in a way remorseful about the money when saying he was going to pay IK back and he didn’t. He was rather smug about it.”
Whether or not Enemkpali is responsible for punching Smith and breaking his jaw, resulting in him being unable to play for several weeks, is something for the legal system to determine; along with the league in applying its personal conduct policy.
via NESN & PFT