Patriots: Mascot wasn’t hospitalized after Jamal Adams’ ‘painful attack’
A New England Patriots spokesperson indicated Friday that the team’s mascot, Pat Patriot, was not hospitalized due to Wednesday’s incident with Jamal Adams, according to the Providence Journal’s Mark Daniel.
The hard tackle by the New York Jets safety that occurred during a Pro Bowl function, however, did require medical attention.
“He was not hospitalized,” the Patriots spokesperson stated. “He did seek medical treatment from the on-site medic. It was a painful attack.”
Adams originally tweeted out video of what certainly appeared to be a fairly aggressive takedown of Pat Patriot, although various media outlets, including ESPN, later posted other views of the incident on social media.
Fans at #ProBowl practice were booing the Patriots' mascot all day.— ESPN (@espn) January 23, 2019
This is the moment @TheAdamsEra became The People's Champ pic.twitter.com/dRKvnoBaFI
Adams suggested in his tweet that the decision to lay out the mascot was for “every Patriots hater out there.”
The Jets star subsequently indicated he regretted injuring Pat Patriot while still under the impression the tackle landed the mascot in the hospital.
“My intention was never to hurt him,” Adams said. “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.”
Regardless of Adams’ intent, the language used by the Patriots spokesperson — specifically the choice to use “attack” — certainly indicates the team is unhappy with the Pro Bowler’s conduct.