Watch New York Jets Player Jamal Adams Tackle Patriots Mascot in 'Painful Attack' at Pro Bowl

Watch New York Jets Player Jamal Adams Tackle Patriots Mascot in 'Painful Attack' at Pro Bowl

The New York Jets and the New England Patriots‘ decades-long rivalry has officially escalated — and not even the mascots are safe!

As Jets safety Jamal Adams signed autographs on Wednesday at a Pro Bowl practice event in Orlando, Florida, he noticed New England’s mascot, Pat the Patriot, harmlessly hanging out on the sidelines. Adams, who seemingly had a bone to pick with the rival mascot, took the chance to tackle the defenseless New Englander to the ground, in a moment that was caught on camera and later posted to his Twitter account with the caption, “This one is for every Patriots hater out there! I got y’all!”

While initial reports said the mascot had to be taken to the hospital, a Patriots spokesperson told the Providence Journal that the man in the costume only received on-site medical attention.

“He was not hospitalized. He did seek medical treatment from the on-site medic,” the spokesperson said, according to reporter Mark Daniels. “It was a painful attack.”

After the tackle, Adams tried to clarify that he meant it all in good fun.

“He [the mascot] was running around and everybody was booing him, so I said, ‘You know what? Let me go tackle him,’ ” Adams told ESPN. “I didn’t hit him that hard, man. All jokes aside, I didn’t hit him that hard.”

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He continued: “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.”

Neither the Patriots nor the Jets responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Adams’ footage of the hit received mixed reactions from users on social media, many of which tweeted to the NFL player to remind him there was an actual human being in the suit. Others — namely fans of the Patriots’ other rivals — reached out to Adams to thank him.

He seemingly responded further on Twitter, writing, “C’mon! Don’t make nothin into something! Life’s too short!”

Hopefully Pat the Patriot will be ready to go before Tom Brady and the team head to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII, where they will face off against the Los Angeles Rams for the Vince Lombardi Trophy on February 3 on CBS.

But if you’re someone who can’t wait to scratch your football itch, the NFL’s Pro Bowl will take place at 3 P.M. ET this Sunday on ESPN.

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