The ice is beginning to melt between Jets star safety Jamal Adams and the team after he sat down and talked to team CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson on Thursday.
While Adams talked with Johnson, he has yet to talk to general manager Joe Douglas or head coach Adam Gase since the team had trade discussions about Adams earlier this week.
“We’ll eventually talk, but I felt comfortable talking to Mr. Johnson,” Adams told The Post. “I felt like we had an understanding. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him. When he said that he wanted to talk, I was down for it. I was happy to talk to him.”
Adams said Johnson asked to speak to him and he obliged.
“At first, I didn’t want to talk to anybody,” Adams said. “You have to understand. Everybody was pulling me different directions. Me not talking to Joe and Coach Gase, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to talk to them. I’m eventually going to talk to them. Now is not the time, so I talked to Mr. Johnson.”
Adams, 24, has faced criticism this week after he tweeted about his displeasure with Douglas having trade talks with teams before Tuesday’s deadline.
“Everybody’s calling me a diva,” Adams said. “Everybody’s calling me everything. That’s fine. I’ve done everything by the book. I’ve never not played hard. I’ve done everything for this team through adversity. I’m at peace. I’m happy. I’m living my life. I’m doing what I love to do. At the end of the day, I’m going to eventually talk to those guys. I’m not mad. I’m happy.”
There has been a backlash from Jets fans against Adams.
“People are saying they’re not fans of me anymore,” Adams said. “Come on, man. I play a beautiful game. I’m happy here. I’m happy to go to war with these guys. I’m happy to be a part of this organization. We’ve got a season. I’m not focused on that, man. That’s outside noise. My focus is on this team and what I can do to help them. We’re in this together. We’re good.”
Adams wanted to make it clear he is not mad at Douglas or Gase or the organization.
“Listen, bro, let’s get something straight because everyone wants to create a narrative,” Adams said. “I’m not upset. The reason I’m not talking to him isn’t because I’m mad.”
When it was pointed out that people perceive that because of his public stance, Adams said he is an emotional guy.
“You’ve got to understand I’m going to always keep it real. That’s how I was raised,” Adams said. “When something bothers me, I’m not the person to hold it in. Sometimes that could hurt me. That’s just what I do. I get it off my mind. At the end of the day, bro, I’m fine. I’m ready to play. I’m ready to play football.”
As for Gase and Douglas, Adams said he will talk to them at some point.
“I’m going to talk to those guys eventually,” Adams said. “Right now, I’m not in a place to talk to them. I’m just not. You have to respect that. At the end of the day, I’m not just a football player. I’m a human. That’s what I explained to Mr. Johnson. Mr. Johnson understands that. I’m human. That’s why I respect him so much.”
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