Geno Smith was kicked off a Virgin American flight on Friday after getting in a verbal dispute with a flight attendant, according to reports.
According to TMZ, the New York Jets quarterback was sitting in his seat on the plane at LAX listening to music when an announcement was made instructing passengers to turn off all electronic equipment. Smith apparently didn’t hear the announcement. He supposedly says the attendant came over and physically unplugged his headphones. That led to a yelling match between the two, and Geno got up and supposedly refused to sit down. Both sides supposedly called police, and Smith was escorted off the plane.
The New York Post reports a similar story. They say Geno was ordered off the plane for refusing to get off his phone. They described it as Geno pulling an “Alec Baldwin. ”
Now the story gets even better.
Deadspin had a source tell them that Geno began cursing out and being obnoxious toward Virgin American personnel because he was on standby for a flight from LAX to Las Vegas and that officers had to escort him out of the terminal.
Piecing it all together, my guess is that Geno was kicked off the initial flight for some sort of issue relating to using electronics, and that he caused a further disturbance while waiting for a second flight.
So, two issues with airport people in the same day. Much like his turnovers, Geno’s airport problems seem to come in bunches.