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Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer 32d

Jets' Adams calls NFL 'a damn joke' for fining him

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets safety Jamal Adams, fined $21,506 for a roughing the passer penalty against Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday night, blasted the NFL on social media Wednesday night.

Adams posted a video clip of the play from the Jets' 23-3 loss, saying: "This league is a damn joke! ... I signed up to play football not two hand touch. Bulls---! I don't give a damn about these soft rules protecting QBs. I'm gonna play MY brand of football everytime I step on the field."

It was a chippy game between the Jets and Browns.

Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett was penalized for roughing Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian, who tore ankle ligaments on the play. He will have season-ending surgery. It's not known whether Garrett was fined.

Adams is known as a hard-hitting player, but he hasn't been heavily penalized or fined in his career.

He had only one previous fine -- $9,115 for taunting in his rookie season of 2017, according to Spotrac. In 2018, he was penalized only twice for 12 yards.

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