New York Jets: Geno Smith’s ‘Fractured Jaw’ Over $600 Plane Ticket Dispute
The injury constitutes of two fractures to his jaw and will cause Smith to miss at least 6 to 10 weeks.
‘It Had Nothing To Do With Football’ – Ted Bowles
Sources say that IK Enemkpali had bought Smith a $600 plane ticket to appear at Enemkpali’s football camp in Pflugerville, Texas. However, Smith was not able to make it as someone close to him had passed away in a motorcycle accident in Miami.
Subsequently, Enemkpali demanded that Smith reimburse him for the $600 plane ticket. As of Tuesday, Smith hadn’t; which led to a confrontation between the two, and Enemkpali threw a punch at Smith, fracturing his jaw.
Enemkpali was released by the Jets following the incident.
“It had nothing to do with football. … I thought it was childish either way and it was stupid,” Jets head coach Ted 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. You don’t walk up to a man and punch him in the face.”
Later, he said, “You can call him every name in the book and point in his face and do whatever you want, but when you punch a man in the face, that’s some serious stuff.”
In a statement, Enemkpali issued an apology.
Bowles said that Ryan Fitzpatrick will replace Smith for the Jets. He further said that if Fitzpatrick is playing at a high level, it is not certain that Smith will be able to start for Jets for this season, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Smith will undergo a surgery “the next day or so.”
Enemkpali’s Previous Brushes With Violence
At 19 years of age, at a bar when he was at Louisiana Tech., Enemkpali got involved in an altercation and punched an off-duty cop who was a working security.
He was taken into custody on charges of battery on a police officer and causing disturbance. The charges were later reduced to simple battery. He was given a suspended jail sentence and 13 months of probation, in addition to being ordered to undergo 32 hours of community service and complete an anger management course.
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