One punch, two lives altered: The inside story of Jets' 2015 locker room fight
Brandon Marshall, Jets wide receiver: That was the issue. [Smith] kept putting him off, putting him off. For Geno, what was disrespectful was -- just pay the man his $600. Just fix the situation. But to keep pressing, "I'll get you, I'll get you, I'll get you ..." I think that was the problem.
Reilly: We get to training camp and IK is asking him about it. That day, he asks him. I was sitting right there; my locker was next to Geno. Geno just kind of says, "Just chill, man, forget about it. What are you going to do if I don't pay you?"
Marshall: I remember looking to my left and seeing Geno kind of like give a look like, "Ha, ha, ha," like laughing a guy off and shrugging him off. All of a sudden ... boom! Geno is in a locker.
Reilly: IK reaches back and clocks him -- a full swing. He hit him basically with an upper cut/cross to the jaw.
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To Geno's credit, he had this to say:
Smith, in a 2016 interview with ESPN: When I look back on this when I'm 40, 50 years old, I'll ask myself, "What time in my life made me a man?" I think this was that time in my life.
It was so easy to say, "Hey, this is not my fault. I'm the victim here, and this guy should be going to jail."
Instead, I manned up. I owned it. I took responsibility for whatever actions I had in that altercation and I chose to let that fuel me to become a better man and a better player.