Earlier: As the New England Patriots get ready for yet another Super Bowl appearance, the team’s mascot found itself hospitalized in Orlando.
Yesterday, video went viral of New York Jets safety Jamal Adams running over to and tackling the Patriots’ mascot during the skills challenge at the Pro Bowl. Adams seemed to mean it in good fun, but it backfired somewhat.
Today, Adams told ESPN’s Michael DiRocco that he was told the person inside the costume had to go to the hospital to be checked out following the tackle.
“He [the mascot] was running around and everybody was booing him, so I said, ‘You know what? Let me go tackle him,’ Adams told DiRocco. “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.”
Jets S Jamal Adams said Thursday afternoon that he was not trying to injure the Patriots mascot when he tackled him during the NFL Pro Bowl Skills Challenge on Wednesday. Adams said he was told the person inside the mascot costume was hospitalized on… https://t.co/8SqCQK2UwW
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) January 24, 2019
Here is the video of Adams’ takedown.
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) January 23, 2019
If Adams is serious that the person performing as the mascot was hospitalized, that stinks. It was clear that he didn’t intend to injure the person.
However, he is still a Pro Bowl safety blindsiding an unsuspecting human. Moving forward, he’s got to be more mindful of what can happen in a situation like that.
Update: It turns out Adams might have been joking about the mascot being hospitalized.
You can read the full run down of what happened here.