It might be time to name August 11 after IK Enemkpali. It’s also perhaps a great day to stay away from him.

A year ago, Enemkpali punched his then-teammate and quarterback Geno Smith in the face. It broke Smith’s jaw, and in turn made him lose his job to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Enemkpali was cut by the Jets, and would be picked up by none other than former Jets head coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills.

So, now we’re exactly a year later, and what happens? Enemkpali throws a punch at teammate Cyrus Kouandjio during training camp.

Now, things like this happen in training camp. We even saw Cam Newton and Josh Norman get into it last year. But you would have thought that Enemkpali might be extra aware after last season, and would try to stay away from such matters.

We know Geno Smith still doesn’t feel great about it, since he’s still not the Jets starter, as he told’s Rich Cimini:

“Every day I’m pissed off until I get my job back. Until I’m a starting quarterback, I’m pissed off every day. That’s my mentality, that’s my competitive nature. I want to win so badly, deep inside of me. I’m not pissed off at anyone, but I do believe I’m a starting quarterback in this league, and I believe I can do great things.”

It’s amazing what one punch did in so many different ways.


About Harry Lyles Jr.

Harry Lyles Jr. is an Atlanta-based writer, and a Georgia State University graduate.