Violence

IK Enemkpali Breaks Geno Smith's Jaw

No word yet on whether or not the Raiders have picked him up:

New York Jets coach Todd Bowles announced Tuesday that the team’s quarterback, Geno Smith, will be out for “at least” six to 10 weeks after teammate IK Enemkpali “sucker punched” him and broke his jaw. “There was an altercation in the locker room [Tuesday morning],” Bowles said. “It had nothing to do with football. It was something very childish. And he got cold cocked, sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He has a broken jaw, fractured jaw, requires some surgery.” Bowles added that Enemkpali, a second-year outside linebacker, has been released from the team.

It'll be interesting to see whether or not Enemkpali signs somewhere else or, through collusion, is denied a roster spot in the NFL. And, correct me if I'm wrong, but if this had nothing to do with football, where's the police report? Has Enemkpali been charged with anything?

Somewhere, Peter King is getting ready to write an insider story on how the NFL really doesn't like it when players fight, but the demonstrations of intensity show that guys care and you want tough men to play tough, and show that they care about their positions.

Manufactured Outrage in Hockey


The hit sustained by Patrick Kane warranted a penalty, and the scrutiny that it got, and nobody is happy that he's going to be out of hockey for the next three months. The era where headhunters and goons deliberately injured scorers is long over, and the game isn't about that sort of thing anymore. This is the modern era of the NHL, which is a faster game played by skilled puck handlers. It's physical, but it isn't like we see chiclets on the ice every night.

I mean, the guy apologized. In the olden days, which nobody remembers, who cares what they did? These are millionaires who hop from team to team.

A fear of revenge would mean nobody would ever get on the ice. Come on.

A Little Ole Misunderstanding


Chad Kelly is a gamer.

When everything is on the line, he goes for it all. If you mess with him, he'll just come back and spray the place with bullets and kill people and he doesn't mind telling you that to your face. I don't know what Ole Miss thinks they're getting in a player, but here's a young college athlete who isn't going to be run out of any bars without showing them that he knows how to play this game.

Now, I don't know which game he wants to play in life--that of a quarterback or of a gunslinging mastermind of violent retribution. But he has privileges that most athletes dream about.

Did he violently assault some people? Yep.

Was he resisting arrest? Heck yeah.

Did he threaten to shoot people with an assault rifle? Sure.

Was he released the next day without bail?

Wait--no bail?

Yep.

I have no words for that. I get that he was being an asshole and that he was out of control. I get that he was violent and disrespectful and that the letter of intent he signed can now be used as toilet paper because this young man has done some serious damage to his future prospects.

But no bail for such a person? Someone who did what he did gets no bail whatsoever? That, I do not understand. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding. This young white male threatened to shoot people dead with an assault rifle and there was no concern the next day in court for whether or not he would show up for future proceedings so they just let him out of jail without bail?

Now, pretend Chad Kelly was black and get back to me on race relations in America right now. We have black men dying for a thousand times less than Chad Kelly got away with without having to post bail for in America right damned now and nobody says anything about it?

Amazing.