The Jets-Patriots rivalry took a bizarre turn at the Pro Bowl on Wednesday when Jets safety Jamal Adams tackled the Patriots mascot, Pat Patriot. Reports later came out quoting Adams saying he had tackled the mascot hard enough that the man inside the costume was sent to the hospital.
However, it is beginning to look as though Adams may not have struck the man as violently as we once thought.
Tweets and videos posted in a thread on Freezing Cold Takes Exposed show evidence that the entire incident (outside of Adams actually leveling Pat Patriot with a tackle) may have been overblown.
As it turns out, it was Adams himself who told a member of the media that his hit had sent the mascot to the hospital, and not the result of any investigation into the incident.
However, media outlets quickly took Adams at his word - even though they were said with a hint of levity - and reported it as an actual event that occurred. To be fully transparent, we blogged about the hit as if it actually had hospitalized the mascot.
Yet, minutes after Adams leveled the hit on Pat Patriot, the mascot was seen playfully getting back at Adams with a tackle of his own.
Perhaps the final piece of evidence that the mascot is fine is that on the official Pat Patriot Twitter account, the mascot said he was "still having fun" at the Pro Bowl, without any mention of a trip to the hospital - let alone staying there for injuries.
It may have been ill-advised for Adams to tackle a non-NFL player who wasn't wearing proper protection, but it also looks as though Adams didn't do nearly as much damage as some would believe.