For all of the New England Patriots haters out there, and you better believe there’s more than a small handful, New York Jets safety Jamal Adams was looking to be the hero nobody expected. As it turns out, though, his impromptu plan backfired on him in a big-time way.
They say it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Well, it happened. While the 6-foot, 210-pound Adams was signing autographs at a Pro Bowl practice in Orlando, Florida, he noticed Pat Patriot — New England’s official mascot — nearby. So he thought it would be a good idea to tackle him and post the hit on social media following the NFL Pro Bowl Skills Challenge.
Adams stood over the person inside the mascot costume and got a big cheer from the crowd on hand. It seemed like a harmless act and a little fun before the stars from the AFC and NFC play each other Sunday at Camping World Stadium in the week leading up to the Patriots and Los Angeles Rams clashing in Super Bowl LIII.
ESPN’s Michael DiRocco reported the person Adams tackled was hospitalized on Thursday morning. That proved not to be the case by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal.
Still, it wasn’t the greatest decision.
“He was running around and everybody was booing him, so I said, ‘You know what? Let me go tackle him. I didn’t hit him that hard, man. All jokes aside, I didn’t hit him that hard. I don’t know what’s really going on, but they did tell me he’s in the hospital. My intention was never to hurt him. it was all about just a joke but I definitely want to check on him and make sure everything is good. At the end of the day we were out here just having fun and it wasn’t nothing intentionally to try to hurt the guy.”
— New York Jets safety Jamal Adams, via ESPN
Adams, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft from LSU and first-time Pro Bowl selection, has made 198 tackles, including 5.5 sacks in his first two NFL seasons with the Jets. Let’s just this one on Pat Patriot wasn’t his best.