Jamal Adams said he wanted to knock the mascot out, and then … he did it.
The Jets’ Pro Bowl safety stopped an autograph session Wednesday during the Skills Challenge to lay a tackle on New England mascot Pat Patriot, running full speed at the foam-rubber revolutionary, who was getting booed by fans throughout the afternoon.
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Despite the cheers stemming from the good-natured prank, the costume didn’t exactly absorb all of Adams’ ferocity, with Adams saying the person inside ended up in the hospital.
“[The mascot] was running around and everybody was booing him,” Adams told ESPN on Thursday. “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.”
On Friday, the Providence Journal reported that the while the person in the costume didn’t actually go to the hospital, they did indeed seek attention from an on-site medic. Adams, meanwhile, turned some heads from the league with the stunt.