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Patriots Mascot Wasn't Hospitalized After Jamal Adams Tackle, Report Says

January 25, 2019 - 11:03 am

By WFAN.com

Jets safety Jamal Adams didn't send the Patriots' mascot to the hospital after all, according to a New England team spokesman.

The Jets safety jokingly tackled Pat Patriot during Pro Bowl festivities in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday. On Thursday, Adams said he was told the person in the mascot costume was taken to a hospital.

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"He (the mascot) was running around and everybody was booing him, so I said, ‘You know what? Let me go tackle him,’" Adams said Thursday, according to ESPN. "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."

Adams also told ESPN he didn't regret the tackle.

A Patriots spokesman told radio station WEEI that Pat Patriot was not hospitalized but did seek attention from the on-site medic following the "painful" attack. A team spokesman separately told CBSBoston.com that the man in the costume was "sore" after the hit.

It seems clear at this point the incident was not staged.

Pat Patriot was back at work at the Pro Bowl on Thursday, according to his Twitter account.