Joe Namath apologizes to Geno Smith for tweet about his injury
Quarterback Geno Smith went down with a knee injury in his first start after his promotion. An MRI on Monday revealed that Smith tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
Despite the injury, Smith managed to stay on the sideline, albeit wearing street clothes, from the second quarter on. The fact that Geno was able to stay present for the Jets’ comeback irked Broadway Joe. Namath questioned Smith’s toughness, believing he could’ve gone back in if he truly wanted to.
Here’s Namath’s tweet:
If you've got a right knee injury keeping you out of the game why are you standing on the sideline the entire 2nd half? How bad can it be?
— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 23, 2016
After the game, Geno took to Twitter to respond to the only Jets QB to win a Super Bowl:
Somebody tell Joe that the doctors have the final say on whether you can or cannot get back into the game…… and also that I love him!
— Geno (@GenoSmith3) October 23, 2016
Smith’s response came before he received the news that his ACL is torn. In his press conference after the game, Geno said he wanted to go back in, but the team’s doctors wouldn’t let him (for good reason).
Now, he has to go through a rehab right when another opportunity to start in the NFL presented itself.
Namath did the right thing on Tuesday morning, apologizing to Smith for his criticism when he didn’t understand the entire situation:
@GenoSmith7 My bad Geno. In the dark ages we players had the say. I hope you heal and play as long as you choose! Joe
— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 25, 2016