Jets' Jamal Adams says refs apologized for penalty call that landed him $21,000 fine

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After laying into the NFL on Wednesday via Twitter to voice his displeasure over a penalty called on him in Monday night’s game, New York Jets safety Jamal Adams is now saying that referees apologized to his coaching staff for the call.

Adams was fined $21,000, which he says he’s appealing, for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield that resulted in a roughing penalty.

"What's funny is that after the game, those guys came to the coaching staff, apologized for that call," Adams said. "But at the same time, those guys have a tough situation ... as far as calling certain calls. So it's very tough for me to get mad at them, because they have a tough job too."

The call was borderline, at very best. In slow motion, perhaps you can make the argument that he arrived a little late. But seeing that live and in-the-moment? Doubtful.

In his tweet Wednesday, Adams called the NFL “a damn joke.”

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Adams did acknowledge that the refs have a tough job to do, however. And, for what it’s worth, the league confirmed the call was correct, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.

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Adams continues to criticize the NFL: ‘I guess we can’t touch the quarterback’

Speaking with the media Thursday, the Pro Bowler added that he was frustrated with the size of the fine, but that his mother told him to “calm down,” and was upset about his use of foul language in his initial tweet.

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“That’s what I’m mad about; I’m mad about the $21K. That’s where it starts,” he said. “In my opinion, it wasn’t unnecessary roughness, and then if anything, it didn’t look like Baker was in any pain, because he got up and talked noise to me.”

But Adams didn’t end it there, throwing just a little more shade toward the league.

“At the end of the day, I guess we can’t touch quarterbacks,” he said.

Adams, 23 and in his third NFL season, logged five tackles in Monday’s 23-3 loss to Cleveland. He’ll face the New England Patriots on Sunday.

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2018 file photo New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams works out prior to an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in East Rutherford, N.J. Adams vowed as a rookie to never miss another Pro Bowl after the selections were announced last year. Adams was picked as the starting strong safety for the AFC after being a bright spot in a mostly otherwise gloomy season for the Jets. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)
Jamal Adams continues to be upset over a fine he received for a penalty he says was incorrectly called. (AP Photo)

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