LB Enemkpali apologizes for punching, breaking QB Geno Smith’s jaw

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) — Now an official member of the Buffalo Bills organization, linebacker Ikemefuna (IK) Enemkpali is speaking out, about an altercation that led to his dismissal from the New York Jets.

Enemkpali, who passed his physical with the Buffalo Bills on Thursday when he arrived at training camp, apologized to a number of parties for punching New York Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith in the face. The altercation broke Smith’s jaw, knocking him out of the season for at least six weeks as he recovers.

“I want to apologize to the Jets organization, the fans, my teammates and the coaches,” Enemkpali said. “I apologize for what happened, it should never have happened, I should have walked away from the situation.”

After apologizing for the altercation, which happened in a locker room during the Jets training camp, Enemkpali took time to express his gratitude for a second chance.

“It was never my intentions to hurt anybody. I’m just very grateful for Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills organization for giving me the opportunity to further my career here in 2015,” Enemkpali said. “I’m very grateful, thankful and happy to be a Bill. I look forward to being a good teammate, an accountable player, an accountable teammate to this organization. I’m just happy and grateful.”

Enemkpali — a second year product, drafted in the sixth round by Rex Ryan and the Jets — has received support from his former teammates and from his current teammates on the Buffalo Bills roster. It’s not yet known what sanctions, if any, Enemkpali will face from the NFL.

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