Fans are NOT buying IK Enemkpali’s excuse that he ‘never meant to harm anyone’ when he sucker-punched his New York Jets teammate Geno Smith! The linebacker is now being completely slammed by Twitter users for his actions.
The New York Jets’ starting quarterback Geno Smith, 24, will sit out the first 6-10 weeks of the 2015 season after being punched in the jaw by his teammate, IK Enemkpali, 24 — and fans are furious at the backup linebacker for the situation! See some of the harshest tweets directed at IK here.
The altercation between Geno and IK allegedly took place over $600, with Enemkpali claiming the QB owed him the money for a plane ticket he’d bought him earlier in the summer. IK reportedly approached Geno about the situation on Aug. 11, and things got heated, according to ESPN.
In the fight, IK broke his teammates jaw, and Geno will now have to sit out from the upcoming football season for 6-10 weeks. The Jets released him immediately, and it will be up to the quarterback if he wants to press charges. “It had nothing to do with football,” Jets’ coach, Todd Bowles, said. “It was something very childish. He got cold-cocked, sucker-punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. You don’t walk up to a man and punch him in the face. You can call him every name in the book and point in his face and do whatever you want, but when you punch a man in the face, that’s some serious stuff.”
Enemkpali released his own statement following the incident, apologizing for his actions. “I apologize to the Jets organization, coaches, teammates and fans,” he said. “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.” But his decision to say he meant no harm really angered fans, and they took to Twitter to show it (SEE TWEETS BELOW).
It’s important to note, too, that Coach Bowles is equally as frustrated with Geno in this blow-up. “It takes two to tango — one to throw a punch, but two to tango.” And cornerback Darrelle Revis agreed, adding, “I hold both of them responsible, just the way it played out.”
Fan Reactions To IK Enemkpali’s Punch
Here’s a great idea: Punch your QB in the face over $600 dispute… the Jets never miss an opportunity to out class everyone #Enemkpali
— Pete Berman (@PeteBerman) August 12, 2015
— Joseph T. (@phillyjt3) August 12, 2015
#Jets Enemkpali “It was never my intention to harm anyone.” When you sucker punch someone in the face, your intention is to inflict harm.
— Eric E. (@ItsMeDoublEE) August 12, 2015
I wish I.K. enemkpali had a twitter soo i could tell him how fuckin worthless he is
— || Living Legend || (@The_Only_OB) August 12, 2015
Ik Enemkpali’s a scum bag who doesn’t belong in NFL.Congrats to #Jets for cutting him,but he deserves thanks for improving Jets QB situation
— Andy Carroll (@andyjcarroll) August 12, 2015
IK Enemkpali, the man who punched Geno Smith in the jaw, was going to make $510,000 this year. That’s ~$32K/game. All that over $600? Smh. — Andrew O’Brien (@aobrien7) August 12, 2015
Lmaoooooo you never fuck with the QB dawg… now you have no job I Enemkpali. Dickhead
— Cuppiii Sandiego (@VirginCupCakxxx) August 12, 2015
HollywoodLifers, do you think fans should be angry with IK?
— Alyssa Norwin