Ikemefuna Enemkpali, the culprit for the New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith’s broken jaw, has apologized for the incident that caused him to be cut by his previous team. The second-year linebacker is thankful for another opportunity with the Buffalo Bills, who claimed him after the Jets’ release.
Enemkpali, who was the sixth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, previously played for Bills' head coach Rex Ryan, who was New York’s coach last season.
"I'm just very grateful for Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills organization for giving me an opportunity to further my career here in 2015," Enemkpali said to ESPN. "I'm very grateful and thankful and happy to be a Bill. I look forward to being a good teammate, accountable player and accountable teammate to this organization."
"I apologize for what happened. It should have never happened. I should have walked away from the situation. It was never my intention to hurt anybody,” The 24-year-old Enemkpali added.
The Jets will miss their quarterback for six to ten weeks, or about half the 2015 regular season, while Smith is set to undergo surgery for his broken jaw.
The Smith-Enemkpali rift purportedly started because of an argument over a $600 debt by Smith to his teammate.
Enemkpali attended Louisiana Tech University from 2009 to 2013 before joining the NFL in 2014. In his rookie year, he played a total of six games registering three tackles and two passes defended.