Deadspin reports Geno Smith was forced to leave a flight today in the presence of law enforcement.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith was apparently escorted off a Virgin America flight at LAX today by police after what a witness called a "verbal altercation."
It is unclear exactly what happened at this time or what will happen going forward.
[Edit by John B, 01/17/14 7:29 PM EST ] Not exactly much of an update, but take this for what it is worth.
Kim Miale, the agent for Geno Smith, had no comment on the Deadspin report. #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 18, 2014
[Edit by John B, 01/17/14 7:41 PM EST ] Per TMZ Geno Smith says the story is untrue.
[Edit by John B, 01/17/14 7:48 PM EST ] Yeah, the more that comes out, the more it looks like this is not Deadspin's finest hour.
Just got off phone w/ a public relations officer for LA Airport Police. ... (no, really.)— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) January 18, 2014
She said names can only be released and incident/police reports filed if an individual is arrested -- which Geno wasn't. So there's that.— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) January 18, 2014
[Edit by John B, 01/17/14 8:30 PM EST ] More info from Costello:
A source said Smith was asked to unplug his headphones on the plane, did not hear the request. Flight attendant then unplugged them …— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 18, 2014
Smith asked the flight attendant why he did that and the flight attendant then asked Smith to leave the plane. He did on his own.— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 18, 2014
Smith then spoke with a supervisor and police and was told he was free to go and he did.— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 18, 2014
[Edit by John B, 01/17/14 8:42 PM EST ]
Source said male flight attendant yanked headphones away from Smith and threw them down. Smith voluntary left place + and sought police.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 18, 2014
[Edit by John B, 01/17/14 8:49 PM EST ] Well, folks, it seems like Deadspin called about an escaped octopus on the roof of Springfield Elementary School. I think that will wrap up our coverage of this story. Thanks for tuning into our liveblog of Geno Smith being asked to take his headphones off on an airplane.