Ik Enemkpali speaks out on Geno Smith sucker punch incident

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We all know the event itself by now; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith facing 10 weeks out with a broken jaw after being hit by a "sucker punch" by a now-ex teammate on Tuesday morning.

But, whilst Jets head coach, Todd Bowles, the world's media, and even Geno Smith himself have all had their say on the dramatic incident there hasn't been much explanation from Ik Enemkpali, the man who threw the now infamous punch. Until now.

Speaking via a statement issued by the Associated Press, the linebacker apologized for his actions whilst offering a little insight into the thought process that has left him seeking new employment.


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"I apologize to the Jets organization, coaches, teammates and fans," the 24-year-old's statement began.

"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."

Searching for a second chance 

Enemkpali's apology comes too late to save his New York Jets career but the former Louisiana Tech LB will hope that, in accepting responsibility for his foolish actions, he still has a chance at a career in the NFL.

With the locker room decking being his only notable contribution in the pros to date though, the man described as a "huge ball of muscle" by reports yesterday is facing an uphill battle to get a second chance in a league increasingly wary of handing them out.

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Yesterday's incident is said to have stemmed from a disagreement about a $600 flight Enemkpali had paid for in order for Smith to attend a charity event back in July. A flight the quarterback had yet to pay back, per reports.

Jets fans: Do you have any sympathy for Enemkpali, and is Geno Smith a big loss? Have your say in the comments below... 

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