NFL player Geno Smith is out six to ten weeks after being “sucker punched” by teammate IK Enemkpali in the New York Jets’ locker room, Tuesday morning. Smith has a broken or fractured jaw and he will have to undergo surgery, while Enemkpali was released, according to head coach Todd Bowles.
There are reports that the altercation started because Smith owes Enemkpali $600 in airfare and limo fees that Enemkpali gave Smith to attend his charity event in Pflugerville, Texas. However, Smith’s brother’s best friend was killed in a motorcycle accident the day before the charity event, so Smith wasn’t able to attend. Smith offered to pay the $600 two weeks ago, but Enemkpali was never able to get the money.
“It’s something we can’t stand,” Bowles said in a press conference. “You don’t walk up to another man and punch him in the face.” Enemkpali released a statement on Tuesday afternoon: “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.” It’s a shame that this incident was only over $600, but hopefully Smith makes a fast recovery.