Brandon Marshall claims Jets have to run laps for Geno Smith talk
Geno Smith rejoined the New York Jets on Monday, less than two weeks after suffering a broken jaw in a locker room altercation with then-teammate IK Enemkpali. While only a spectator at practice, Smith’s presence brought up another round of discussions regarding the incident, something the Jets would prefer to leave in the past, if what Brandon Marshall claims is accurate.
The Jets wide receiver said during an interview on “The Rich Eisen Show” that the team has instituted a policy where any talk of the Smith incident — or any other topics that could potentially cause distractions, for that matter — will result in the team being penalized with running laps.
Eisen asked Marshall if Smith deserved to be punched, eliciting the following response:
“Well, first of all, I will say this: No one deserves to ever get hit. But if I continue to talk about it, my teammates are going to make me run laps. We made a covenant in the locker room that if we continue to talk about anything that can potentially distract the team, guys have got to run laps. So I will talk about it if you want me to run three miles after practice, after I’ve already ran like three to five miles.”
Marshall was the only Jets player to come out publicly in support of Smith, but was reluctant to discuss it afterward and insisted any continued discussion of what happened can only take away from what the team is trying to accomplish.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports that a team source said that the Jets are making a concerted effort to avoid discussing the incident, so whether or not Marshall was serious about the team having to run laps is arguably immaterial. The message appears to be clear: What’s done is done and it’s time to move on.
Smith himself didn’t address the media Monday, steering clear of reporters and cameras while working out on his own on an out-of-the-way practice field. The Jets expect Smith to be out the first four regular season games, but head coach Todd Bowles said it was nice to see him.
“It’s good to see his face,” Bowles said. “He didn’t do much, but at least he’s not hurting like he was.”
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