People all across the sports world are taking the opportunity to chime-in on what happen to Geno Smith.
After news surfaced yesterday that Smith was punched in the jaw by his own teammate, fans and members of the media immediately began to speculate on what really happened.
During his time at West Virginia, Smith apparently had a run in with one of the assistant coaches at Iowa State.
Current Cyclone defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said back in November 2012 there were some “issues” between Smith and the other Iowa State staff members.
Burnham is still at Iowa State, and was asked by Randy Peterson of the Desmoines Register if he was surprised by the locker-room incident involving Smith. “Didn’t surprise me,” the 74-year-old coach succinctly stated. “I was just walking. He [Smith] pushed me.”
Burnham’s son, Shane Burnham, who is now an assistant at ISU, spoke in more detail about what occured back in 2012. From the Des Moines Register:
“We were holding for the West Virginia team to clear the field,” Shane recalled Wednesday. “There was some extra-curricular activity after the last play of the half — Geno didn’t appreciate something by somebody, and he took out his frustration on dad.”
That didn’t sit well with Shane, who did what every son would do.
“I reacted,” Shane said. “Part of it is that it’s your dad, and part of it is it’s your Iowa State brother. It was family and football family for me. It was a double-whammy.
“He had some choice words for dad, and I might have had a few choice words in return.”
Geno Smith has to be one of the most hated NFL players in a very long time. He is not getting support from anyone right now.
The only way this story goes away is for Smith to come back and silence his critics with his play on the field. Unfortunately, he will have to wait until at least week 6 to do that.
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