Jets' Enunwa moving forward after charge dismissed
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets practice squad receiver Quincy Enunwa is happy to move forward after a domestic violence charge against him was dismissed in court last week.
Florham Park police said Enunwa pulled a woman off a bed in a hotel on Aug. 31 in Florham Park - the town where the Jets practice - and she injured her head and finger. The woman decided to not pursue the case, which was conditionally dismissed in court last Wednesday.
''I kind of didn't allow it to affect any part of my life,'' Enunwa said Wednesday in the Jets' locker room. ''It was one of those things that I just had to let whatever was going to happen happen. I didn't want it to affect my game at any point at all so I could feel like I could still help the team out in any way I could.''
NJ.com reported last week that the charge was dismissed without prejudice - which means that the case could proceed to a trial if a 90-day, no-contact provision between Enunwa and the woman is violated. If there is no contact, the charge will be dismissed with prejudice, which means the case cannot be reopened.
''I have to wait a little bit because I'm not sure of all the details of it,'' Enunwa said, ''but I think for now I'm just focused on football.''
Enunwa, who's not eligible to play in a game while he's a member of the practice squad, was a sixth-round pick in the NFL draft in May after he had 12 touchdowns for Nebraska last season and was the Gator Bowl MVP. He made the Jets' initial 53-man roster out of training camp, but was cut a few days later when the team made other player moves. New York then signed him to the practice squad, where he has spent the first seven games of the season.
The 22-year-old Enunwa was arrested just after the league put in place tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including a six-week suspension for first offenses and at least a year for second offenses. But the NFL is not expected to discipline the Jets wide receiver.
Enunwa was thankful for the backing he received from the Jets during the legal process.
''I think they definitely supported me by coming out and speaking about it when you guys asked me questions,'' he said, ''and also allowing me to be on the team until everything played out.''
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