Ryan Clark Explains What Exactly Happened During Geno Smith-I.K. Enemkpali Fight
Jake ODonnell 10:00 am, August 12th, 2015
Wednesday morning, former Pittsburgh Steeler and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark dished on the sucker punch heard round the world on "Mike & Mike." Turns out, it wasn't a sucker punch. Going by Clark's interview, Geno Smith was being an asshole and I.K. Enemkpali responded immaturely.
A few take aways from his particularly insightful, diplomatic retelling of the accounts relayed to him by other members of the New York Jets.
- The fight revolved around $600 I.K. Enemkpali spent on a plane ticket for Geno Smith, who skipped out on the flight because a friend died in a motorcycle accident. Smith was being "smug" about repaying Enemkpali.
"It was over flights and over camps not attended and not necessarily the fact that he didn't go, because he understood the reason, but i've dealt with i.k. a lot. this guy is really tight about money, he really is. so whereas i've seen other players have this happen and kind of just move on from it, he couldn't, and you know, a lot of people are saying you don't punch a guy over that amount of money. it became about the fact that geno wasn't necessarily apologetic and being in a way remorseful about the money when saying he was going to pay i.k. back. you know, he didn't, and he was rather smug about it. so these guys got into it earlier in camp about this money."
- Geno wasn't sucker punched.
"My report says geno put his finger in his face and told the guy, well, you're not going to do anything about it."
- There might be legal action as a result of Smith's injuries.
"This is such high stakes, such huge repercussions, such huge consequences, pressing charges i guess still is a possibility."
- Enemkpali and Smith had already gotten into it about the money.
"This wasn't the first time they had an issue over this same situation and nothing came from it the first time. you know, the first time they got into an argument, you know, words were said, disrespect thrown both ways, both guys separate and walk away. so when you have that situation happen one time, i'm sure a lot of people weren't expecting it to get where it's gone."
- This fight will damage Geno Smith's chances of winding up on another NFL team if and when the Jets decide to part ways with him.
"It's going to be hard for another team to say hey, we're going to take a chance on this guy who did something like that."
You can watch the entire interview, below.
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