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Jamal Adams Clarifies Controversial “Perfect Place to Die” Remark
New York Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams made headlines on Monday when he called the football field the “perfect place to die,” and said he would “die on the field.”
Adams’ brutally honest remarks came at a pretty bad time for the NFL. Just last week the world learned that a recent study of 111 deceased NFL players found that 110 of them—or 99%—showed signs of the degenerative brain disorder known as CTE. Surely NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who was sitting right next to Adams at the Jets’ fan Q&A session, was hoping for a more nuanced answer.
On Tuesday, Jamal Adams tried to quiet the controversy by clarifying his comments. He now says he was just talking about his passion for the game.
“Honestly, I really didn’t see it getting that far,” Adams told reporters after practice. “I was speaking about being passionate about the game that I love. I understand that some families were affected by this disease. I definitely didn’t mean it in any type of way.”
Adams says he decided to address the controversy because Jets coach Todd Bowles told him to “clear it up.”
“When you see something that’s blown up, that’s on First Take and ESPN, I think it should be addressed,” Adams said. “My words were simply that I’m very passionate about what I do. I said at the beginning [of the forum] … I’m all about making the game safer. I understand CTE and the symptoms and whatnot, and how families are affected by it, but it’s simply about passion.”
Unfortunately, as you probably noticed, these latest remarks don’t actually clear much up. Sure, he says he is sorry he offended families who are affected by CTE. But what in the hell does “didn’t mean it in any type of way” actually mean?
Maybe the Jets should have had somebody in the communications department run through all this with Adams before he spoke to reporters.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]