When news broke that Geno Smith had suffered a broken jaw at the hands of now-released linebacker IK Enemkpali it looked as if the quarterback was well and truly in the victim category.
As time has passed however, and snippets of information have filtered through, there is a growing feeling that Smith wasn't quite the innocent party first portrayed. Stories exposing an outstanding $600 plane ticket and a finger pointed in the face of Enemkpali suggested Jets head coach Tedd Bowles was right that "it takes two to tango."
Now though a new story revealing the eight words Geno Smith uttered to his then team mate will have some people claiming the third-year star had it coming.
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According to Ryan Clark, a former Seattle Seahawks player who knows Enemkpali through offseason workouts, Geno Smith appeared to show a sever lack of respect in the moment before being struck by the jaw-breaking punch.
Per Clark's report on ESPN:
"My report says Geno put his finger in his face and told the guy, well, you’re not going to do anything about it.”
Clark went on to note that, during the several weeks that Smith and Enemkpali had been arguing about a $600 plane the former had failed to pay up for, the Jets quarterback had shown a lack of remorse and had been acting "rather smug."
Pushing the wrong buttons
Of course, breaking someone's jaw should never be the go to option to solve a disagreement no matter what the situation.
Having said that, if these reports are correct, it certainly looks like Geno Smith had been pushing the LB's buttons for a while and overstepped the mark with his threat in the locker room on Tuesday.
Add to this reports from the New York Daily News today in which Smith's own teammates say the QB "deserved it" and the whole situation becomes an even greater mess.
Jets fans: How much is Geno Smith to blame here, and will he ever be your starting quarterback? Have your say in the comments below...
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