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Jamal Adams doubles down on denigrating comment about reporter’s wife

Seahawks safety Jamal Adams can be a dynamic player if he’s used as a forward-motion guy only, because his coverage skills are … well … iffy. Seattle might regret trading two first-round picks and giving a four-year, $70 million contract with $38 million guaranteed to a 220-pound box ‘backer, but that’s a separate issue. In any event, Adams had his worst game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13, allowing four catches on five targets for 48 yards, 10 yards after the catch, a touchdown and an opponent passer rating of 146.3.

The touchdown Adams allowed to tight end Jake Ferguson with 4:37 left in a game the Cowboys won 41-35 started things off.

Adams got greased on the crosser, Ferguson boxed him out, and that was that.

Connor Hughes, a reporter for SNY TV, posted a tweet with the play in question and a one-word review: “Yikes.”

Adams’ response was to post a picture of Hughes and his wife, obviously belittling Hughes’ wife.

Today, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll tried to defuse the situation, saying that he had spoken to Adams about it and that “we don’t want to be a part of that.”

But when Adams was asked about it at his locker room by reporters, he certainly wanted to be a part of that.

“It’s always the athlete that crossed the line when he responds,” Adams said, via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune. “But at the end of the day, disrespect is disrespect, however you want to take it. 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.’”

“When others go low, I go lower.”

Adams was then asked if he had any regrets about what he did, which opened up another can.

I mean, you can sit there and have regret. But I don’t live that way in my life. … We’ve had history, Connor and I. …We’ve have 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.

“At the end of the day, I knew that was something that he loved,” Adams concluded. “And this is something that I love, playing this game. I was fed up with the (stuff). So I gave him something back that, I guarantee he won’t respond back to anything else, going forward. And that was my whole point.”

So, Adams went out of his way to denigrate the wife of a reporter with malice aforethought, and he has no regrets. Good to know.

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