The New York Jets were rocked to their core yesterday with the news that they had lost their starting quarterback.
Broken Jaw Blues
Jets head coach Todd Bowles held an impromptu press conference at yesterday's practice where he revealed that Geno Smith had his jaw broken by a Jets teammate and would miss the start of the season.
The man who punched Smith - reserve linebacker I.K Enemkpali - was immediately cut and his NFL career looks all but over. However, we have just found out exactly why the two got so heated.
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According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Tuesday's altercation in the Jets locker room stemmed from an argument over money, specifically a $600 plane ticket.
"At the heart of the dispute between former Jets LB IK Enemkpali and quarterback Geno Smith is $600 that Enemkpali believed Smith owed him, per league sources," Schefter started off as saying.
Smith Football Camp Pull Out
"Enemkpali purchased a plane ticket for Smith to attend his July 11 football camp at Pfugerville High School in Pfugerville, Texas. However, days before the camp, a person close to Smith was killed in a motorcycle accident in Miami and Smith did not attend Enemkpali’s camp, per sources."
Apparently Smith was taking his time to repay the $600 debt, which probably would be a fair chunk to a player like Enempkali who was almost certainly earning less than half what Smith was making.
That's when the fists started flying.
After Smith did not attend, Enemkpali demanded that the Jets’ quarterback refund him the $600 he allegedly used to purchase a plane ticket. Smith told Enemkpali he would reimburse him the money, but he did not. Enkempali confronted Smith today about the money and the confrontation ended in a punch and broken jaw.
A Lannister always pays his debts, and so should a starting quarterback, or else you're going to get clocked right in the jaw.