The Patriots’ mascot was not injured as seriously as was originally thought.
Jets safety Jamal Adams said he wasn't tying to injure Pat Patriot when he tackled the Patriots' mascot on Wednesday at the NFL Pro Bowl Skills Challenge, reports ESPN's Michael DiRocco.
Adams said he was told that the person inside the costume was hospitalized on Thursday, thought it now appears that was not the case.
"He [the mascot] was running around and everybody was booing him, so I said, ‘You know what? Let me go tackle him,' " Adams said. "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."
A team spokesperson told the Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels that the man in the suit did receive medical treatment, just not at a hospital.
On the Patriots mascot incident with Jamal Adams, from a team spokesperson: “He was not hospitalized. He did seek medical treatment from the on-site medic. It was a painful attack.”— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) January 25, 2019
The Pro Bowl is Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. Pat the Patriot's more important engagement is a week later in Atlanta. Let's hope he's feeling better by then.