Buffalo Bills edge rusher IK Enemkpali spent less than one minute in front of a microphone on Thursday, addressing reporters for the first time following a punching incident with quarterback Geno Smith that led to his ouster with the New York Jets, and subsequent pickup by the Bills.
His statement, in full, is below. He did not take questions from reporters after making the statement.
"Good afternoon. I want to thank everybody for being here today. I want to apologize to the Jets organization, the fans, my teammates, and the coaches. I apologize for what happened. It should have never happened. I should have walked away from the situation. It was never my intention to hurt anybody. I’m just very grateful for Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills organization, for giving me an opportunity to further my career here in 2015. I’m very grateful and thankful, and happy to be a Bill. I look forward to being a good teammate, an accountable player, and an accountable teammate to this organization. Just happy to be here, and thankful. Thank you."
Enemkpali has been officially added to the Bills' 90-man roster, and will be eligible to play in tomorrow night's preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers. There is a chance that he will, given his familiarity with Ryan, defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, and the Bills' defensive scheme.
This was the Bills' second one-minute-or-less, apologize-for-a-stupid-mistake, and field-no-questions press conference of training camp so far, with Enemkpali following in the footsteps of offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.