New York Jets safety Jamal Adams, who hasn’t been having a good week in NFL, has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for a roughing-the-passer penalty against the Cleveland Browns on Monday. This did not go well with the 24-year old, who went on to call the league a “joke” after being fined.
“This league is a damn joke!” Adams tweeted on Wednesday with a video of the play.
“I just got fined $21k for this hit, I signed up to play football not two hand touch. Bulls–t! I don’t give a damn about these soft rules protecting QBs. Im gonna play MY brand of football everytime I step on the field. SMH.”
Adams was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter after committing two consecutive penalties — offside and encroachment. The Jets manager Adam Gase had his own explanation for not including Adams, saying he was being protected after consecutive penalty incidents.
“I thought he was getting fired up pretty good. I said, ‘Hey, we need to be careful here.’ I was worried something bad was going to happen. We needed him for the next week,” Gase said before Wednesday’s practice.
“I didn’t look at that as a benching. It was: Let’s calm him down. He’s a competitor, he’s intense. He’s all-in. I 100 percent understand why he was not happy.”
But the player and the manager did not seem to be on the same page. Adams did not hesitate to say he was benched and expressed his disappointment in an interview with WFAN.
“Yeah, I was benched,” Adams said. “They benched me. I tried to anticipate a play, which I anticipated wrong, and I was benched. It happens. I just got to continue to do my job to the best of my ability as well as help lead the guys around me.
“I don’t really know why or what was the reason. I made the penalty, and they took me out, so I’m not upset. Well, I am upset that I wanted to finish the game, but I obviously didn’t finish the game. It is what it is. I made a bonehead mistake. One thing about me is that I’m always going to finish the game regardless. It doesn’t matter what’s going on. I’m out there to hunt. That’s just how I am.”