One of the craziest days in Jets history has wrapped up – with a fight that is going to put starting QB Geno Smith on the shelf for 6-10 weeks.
The Geno Smith locker room brawl went down because the Jets QB was AWOL from an event, which pissed off his teammate … TMZ Sports has learned.
Sources inside the Jets locker room tell us backup linebacker IK Enemkpali — the puncher — organized a youth football camp and charity in Texas last month. He invited Geno to attend — even put his face on the flyer — but for some reason Geno didn’t make it.
We’re told IK stepped to Geno to talk about it on Tuesday, but Geno told him to back off because he wasn’t going to discuss it at that moment. Geno turned away, but IK stood his ground … and socked Geno in the jaw.
One player told us, “He straight sucker punched him.” As we reported, Jets brass immediately cut IK from the team … and Geno’s out for 6-10 weeks.
Here’s a react piece from ESPN on the events and how players on the team are dealing with the news of the punch:
The New York Jets’ season was altered in a split second, and it left some of their veteran leaders positively fuming.
“This isn’t a UFC match,” a disgusted Willie Colon told a crowd of reporters Tuesday after practice. “We’re football players, not fighters.”
“It’s shocking,” Darrelle Revis said. “It’s devastating.”
The Jets lost their starting quarterback during a one-punch altercation in the locker room. Backup linebacker IK Enemkpali threw the punch, hitting Geno Smith in the face. He hit him with such force that it resulted in two fractures in Smith’s jaw, requiring surgery. Smith will miss at least six to 10 weeks, according to the Jets.
Enemkpali lost his cool because Smith owed him $600, sources said. As a result, Enemkpali, a former sixth-round pick on the roster bubble, lost his job. He was released soon after coach Todd Bowles met with him and Smith.
“Probably makes sense,” Nick Mangold said of the decision to fire Enemkpali.