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#pounditThursday, May 13, 2021

Jets source: Geno Smith ‘deserved’ to be punched by IK Enemkpali

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The more we learn about the altercation between Geno Smith and former teammate I.K. Enemkpali, the more it sounds like Smith isn’t receiving much sympathy within the New York Jets organization.

On Wednesday, a source who was reportedly inside the locker room when Enemkpali broke Smith’s jaw told the New York Daily News that Smith was “was up in (Enemkpali’s) face and pointed/touched his face.” Another source said Smith “deserved” to be punched.

“That’ll get a man hit every time, especially one that hasn’t earned respect,” one member of the organization reportedly said.

Those comments sound an awful lot like the ones ESPN insider and former NFL safety Ryan Clark passed along on Tuesday. Even Jets head coach Todd Bowles and cornerback Darrelle Revis said they blame both Smith and Enemkpali for the incident, so you know Smith wasn’t exactly an innocent bystander.

It would be ridiculous to argue that Smith deserved to have his jaw broken over what turned out to be an incredibly childish issue, but there hasn’t been much outrage from the Jets. I still think the comments Cris Carter made about the fight were off-base, but it has been surprising how few Jets players and personnel have defended their quarterback publicly.

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