If you thought Jamal Adams would show any remorse or apologetic behavior after his heavily criticized social media post insulting a New York Jets beat reporter’s wife, then I have a bridge and a couple of first-round picks to sell you.
At Wednesday’s media scrum in Renton, the Seattle Seahawks safety was asked about his (since deleted) response to Jets reporter Connor Hughes, who wrote a simple “Yikes” on the go-ahead touchdown Adams gave up to Dallas Cowboys tight end Jake Ferguson. Adams responded with his own “Yikes” and an accompanying photo of Hughes’ wife, much to widespread condemnation.
Adams took the classless route, but insists that this is a longstanding beef between him and Hughes that dates back to his Jets career.
“It’s always the athlete that crossed the line when he responds. But at the end of the day, disrespect is disrespect, however you want to take it,” Adams said (via The News Tribune’s Gregg Bell). “So, I responded. I knew when I did hit that Tweet, I wasn’t in it to win it. At the end of the day it was to get him to understand, ‘Leave me the hell alone.’”
Then Adams said: “When others go low, I go lower.”
No kidding, Jamal.
Hughes does have plenty of tweets and articles centered around Adams even after the Seahawks acquired him in 2020. Perhaps there is something personal between them...
Jamal Adams looked like he wanted no part of trying to tackle J.D. or Gibson before they went into the end zone for the TD & two point.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) November 30, 2021
That’s not going to look pretty on film.
I’m sure he’ll share a photo of the interception that fell right into his hands, though.
The #Seahawks are now 2-4. The #Jets own their first-round pick.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) October 18, 2021
They own that pick after trading Seattle Jamal Adams. Adams had a potential game-changing interception bounce off his face.
He has 0 INTs since the Seahawks acquired him. He has 0 sacks this year.
So I see Jamal Adams still can’t catch.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) December 13, 2020
Jamal Adams is unreal near the line of scrimmage.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) September 21, 2020
He is a liability in coverage.
But that doesn’t excuse the actions of Adams by bringing Hughes’ wife into this. He denies knowing that the woman in the photo was his wife, and he seems to have no regrets over what he did despite deleting the post.
“I mean, you can sit there and have regret. But I don’t live that way in my life. ...We’ve had history...We’ve never liked each other.
“Obviously, hey, he responded to something that was uncalled for that he didn’t need to speak on. And, honestly, I’ve been letting him slide for too long and I just got fed up with it.
“I did what I did. I hate that I had to bring her into the situation, but at the end of the day the ultimate goal was to get at him.
“I’m not here to say if it was fair or not. But at the same time, at the end of the day, it’s been personal with him and I ever since I’ve been with the Jets and even before that, since my rookie year. Like I said, it’s been going on for countless years. He’s always said some smart things toward my play, if I do make a mistake. And I just got fed up with it, bro. This was the end of it. And I knew, this only thing right here, I was going to Tweet was going to hurt him. Anything else I said wouldn’t have hurt him. But he got my point. And he knows not to continue to mess with me.
“Again, didn’t want to bring her in. But I just so happened I scrolled down and I seen what I seen, and I responded back with the same comment he made.”
I don’t think Adams “had to bring her into the situation” at all, but whatever you say!
Adams insists his whole point was to make sure Hughes won’t respond to anything else related to him moving forward. Yeah, sure.
By the way, if you’re wondering what Pete Carroll thought of the whole thing, here you go!
Pete said they talked to Jamal Adams about his social media posts over the weekend.— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) December 6, 2023
"We've already addressed it with him. I'm not sure about the details of it but I know that he realized he needed to take it down, what he put up. So, we don't want to be part of that."