Buffalo Bills linebacker IK Enemkpali got fired for punching Jets quarterback Geno Smith in the face. Not only did he get fired but he also got rehired!
Jets rapidly called it a sucker punch.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News and unnamed sources within the team are saying Smith “deserved it,” according to NBC Sports.
“Smith was up in Enemkpali’s face and pointed/touched his face,” an eyewitness said.
Wednesday morning on ESPN Radio, Ryan Clark’s defense of Enemkpali explained the situation surrounding Smith cheating the linebacker out of $600 worth of travel expenses, according to NBC Sports.
“These guys were in each other’s face. Geno put his finger in his face and told the guy, ‘Well, you’re not going to do anything about it,’ said Clark to New York Post. “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.”
Maybe yes and maybe no, but it does not give Enemkpali the right to break his jaw making him out of the regular season.
That’s something the legal system will work through now, along with the league as it applies its personal conduct policy, according to NBC Sports.
But with Smith’s career in the balance this year anyway, it’s not a good look for his future that teammates would immediately blame the victim.