Jamal Adams is backpedalling after he received backlash for saying the football field was “the perfect place to die.”
The Jets rookie was responding to a fan’s question at a fan forum relating to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disorder that has been linked to head injuries, when he made the comment.
McMahon said Strzelczyk acted moody and irrationally, common symptoms of CTE, and sometimes scared their son and daughter. Both children have struggled emotionally following his death.
“I bet my kids would want their father here,” McMahon said. “I know in my heart of hearts that Justin would have wanted to see his daughter get married someday or see his son graduate from college, not dying on a football field.”
Goodell said he understood Adams made the remarks — which were cheered by fans at the forum — out of his passion for the game. The rookie safety, selected out of LSU No. 6 overall, made the remarks at a fan forum for Jets season-ticket holderss.
Goodell told fans there is work to be done in improving safety and educating players.
“Players now are doing a great job of raising their hand when they don’t feel right,” Goodell said (via the Chicago Tribune). “Teammates are raising their hands, officials, coaches. We have Cheap Jerseys China backup plans with video. I think all of that is part of a culture change to say, ‘It’s great to Cheap Jerseys Authentic be a hard-nosed player, but you play within the rules, and you also play as safely as possible.’