IK Enemkpali punched man he thought was woman in ’11: report

By on August 27, 2015


Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 11:08 PM

The Bills' IK Enemkpali has been involved in altercations prior to punching Jets QB Geno Smith.Mike Groll/AP

IK Enemkpali will go down in Jets infamy for punching Geno Smith in the jaw, but it appears the linebacker had another red flag that was previously unknown to the public.

In 2011, Enemkpali punched a man he believed to be a woman with whom he had arranged to have sex, according to ESPN. That led to an injured hand, which forced him to miss the first game of the college season, according to the report.

ESPN obtained a police report which laid out the details of the 2011 incident involving Enemkpali, which did not result in any criminal charges. According to that report, the outside linebacker had been messaging a person he believed to be a woman called “Missy Lee” who had agreed to perform oral sex on Enemkpali. But when the then-Louisiana Tech player arrived, the person was completely covered by a blanket, prompting Enemkpali to leave. However, the future Jet returned after a call from “Missy Lee,” but noticed when a cell-phone light turned on that the person under the blanket had facial hair.

When another person entered the room, Enemkpali claimed he became worried that he was about to be robbed and hit the person in the blanket and left the house. “Missy Lee” began texting Enemkpali, demanding money after the incident in exchange for silence. That led to phone calls from a person claiming to be “Missy Lee’s father” and also asking for money.

Enemkpali went to the police three days later. Cops identified a man named Ketryn Anderson, who ultimately admitted to contacting the football player via Facebook and to posing as Missy Lee’s father.

Ruston Deputy Chief of Police Clint Williams wrote, according to ESPN, that Anderson’s attempts to get cash off Enemkpali were “are at best immoral, and at worst criminal.” Enemkpali did not press charges.

Earlier that year, Enemkpali was charged with punching an off-duty police officer at a steak house. The football player received probation after pleading no contest to simple battery. Louisiana Tech suspended him for that incident but reinstated him before the beginning of the season.

The Jets selected Enemkpali in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, and he appeared in six games for the team as a rookie. He was on the roster bubble before he slugged Smith in the face earlier in this month, resulting in his prompt release from Gang Green. Enemkpali was drafted by the Jets when Rex Ryan was the head coach, and the now-Buffalo coach claimed the linebacker off waivers. 

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