The quarterback will be sidelined for at least 6 to 10 weeks with a broken jaw after being punched by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room Tuesday.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver and ESPN analyst let it fly right after news came out that Smith was out 6-10 weeks after being punched by linebacker IK Enemkpali, who was cut immediately. “Something very childish…He (Geno) got cold cocked, sucker punched whatever you want to call it, in the jaw”.
Three other quarterbacks are listed on the Jets roster aside from Smith: veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps.
Smith took to Instagram and posted a picture of himself sitting in a auto mouth closed and looking stern and a simple message: ILL BE BACK..
“I thought it was childish, either way, and it was stupid”, Bowles said.
The physical altercation isn’t the first for Enemkpali. Enemkpali said in a statement, “I apologize to the Jets organization, coaches, teammates, and fans”. He went on to say it was not his intention to harm anyone and that he should have walked away from the argument. A sixth-round draft pick in 2014, Enemkpali appeared in six games during his debut season.
The drama between Smith and Enemkpali is reminiscent of the action seen on football dramas like Ballers, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “Whatever happened up at Jets Camp, I really can’t speak on”.
The 6-foot-1, 261-pound Enemkpali was arrested in April 2011 for disturbing the peace and battery of a police officer after an off-campus incident in Ruston, Louisiana, the Austin American-Statesman reported in May 2014. Per court records, Enemkpali received a suspended jail sentence and was put on 13 months’ probation.
Adam Schefter provided a much clearer account of what happened to cause the Jets’ latest misfortune later in the day.
People like to pile on Smith for his play on the field and his attitude at times, but c’mon, getting punched in the face is not a reflection of poor leadership.