The New York Jets were rocked yesterday with the news that they had lost their starting quarterback Geno Smith for the start of the 2015 NFL season.
Smith had gotten into an argument with reserve linebacker I.K Enemkpali over the quarterback not paying him $600 dollars that ended up with Smith getting his jaw knocked in.
Enemkpali was subsequently released by the Jets right away and his future in the National Football League could be over, but one question has not been answered, will he face criminal charges?
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Criminal Charges Coming?
Josina Anderson of ESPN seemed to have the inside track from Geno Smith's camp following the incident yesterday, and said a source told her that criminal action could well be on the cards after Smith's health is sorted out.
Re: whether Geno Smith is considering pressing charges on IK Enemkpali, a source told me last night: "the first concern is Geno's health. But all options are on the table as of now."
"I think it's important to note that a full 24 hours has not yet gone by since the incident occurred. There is still time for emotions to settle," Anderson went on to add. "Plus, what would be the collateral impact of pursuing a legal case on a former teammate? There are many things to consider from all angles, including moving on."
Todd Bowles then spoke on the possibility of Smith taking action, telling reporters at a clear-up press conference after practice on Tuesday.
“I think that’s up to Geno and those guys in the Florham Park Police Department,” coach Bowles said. “You don’t condone any man hitting another man regardless of person or who it is or a sport or whatever the case may be."
We'll just have to wait and see if Smith does get his lawyers to make a move. Whatever happens, it looks like the now-unemployed Enemkpali won't be getting his $600 back.