Report: Geno/Enemkpali fight was over money
In his second press conference of the day, Jets coach Todd Bowles again opted not to discuss what transpired between Geno Smith and IK Enemkpali before Enemkpali threw a punch that broke Smith’s jaw and elevated Ryan Fitzpatrick to the starting lineup other than to say that it takes “two to tango” even if only one punch was thrown.
Fitzpatrick met with the media as well on Tuesday afternoon and said that the team would “keep it in house” when asked about the reason for the fight, which he called disappointing.
Earlier in the day, however, former Jets quarterback and current radio and television personality Boomer Esiason tweeted that if you owe someone money and don’t pay “don’t be surprised if you get punched in the face.” There was no further context given for Esiason’s tweet, but Albert Breer of NFL Media is reporting that the fight was over money that Smith owed to Enemkpali.
Bowles said that players are free to discuss anything about what happened, so there may be more information to come about the circumstances that led to an unusual day in New Jersey even by Jets standards.