A scuffle in the New York Jets locker room Tuesday ended when now former Jets linebacker Ikemefuna “IK” Enemkpali slugged starting quarterback Geno Smith, breaking Smith’s jaw with what Jets coach Todd Bowles called a “sucker punch.” Some analysts think Enemkpali’s future might involve a lawsuit.
Bowles said the reason for Enemkpali’s action was very childish. Apparently, the fight was about money. Enemkpali was angry about a six hundred dollar airplane ticket he had bought for Smith to attend a football camp. Smith didn’t use the ticket because of the death of someone close to him. The broken jaw that resulted from the locker room punch will keep Smith out of action for six to ten weeks.
Enemkpali’s career got a second wind when the Buffalo Bills picked up Enemkpali on waivers. The Bills are coached by former Jets coach Rex Ryan. However, Enemkpali might still find himself involved in a lawsuit for a battery committed in front of a room full of witnesses. Whether Smith will decide to file a lawsuit is an open question at this point.
Speaking of football scandals, “Deflategate,” and Tom Brady, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sat before a federal judge on Wednesday. Apparently, this legal issue could finally be resolved by September 4th.
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