Jets' Jamal Adams quits weekly spot on WFAN, drawing criticism from Bart Scott

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets safety Jamal Adams has bailed on his weekly radio appearance with WFAN. 

Adams had appeared on the show hosted by Maggie Gray and former Jets linebacker Bart Scott every Tuesday since the beginning of last season. But Tuesday, when Adams was scheduled to appear, Gray instead read a once-sentence statement from Adams. 

"On advice from his family and representatives, Jamal has decided to no longer do his weekly radio spot," Gray said, adding that she was "extremely disappointed."

No further reason for the decision was given, but Gray acknowledged that Adams did not like that she asked about his decision to remove all mention of the Jets from his Instagram and Twitter profile bios last Tuesday.

"He was not happy that I asked the question more than once," Gray said. 

Some context: when Adams removed the Jets from his bios, it sparked rampant speculation that he was unhappy with the team, speculation that was ongoing when Adams did his weekly interview with Gray and Scott.  

Gray gave Adams a chance to offer an explanation for his social media changes. But Adams did not, dodging the question and referring to the issue as "outside noise," which prompted Gray to follow up in an attempt to get more clarity.

"I'm sorry if he thought that that was out of line, but he did it," Gray said. "I think that he has to understand that if you do something like that, there's going to be questions about it. And that's simply all I was trying to do, was get to the bottom of what he meant by removing the Jets from social media."

Scott, who played for the Jets from 2009-2012, acknowledged that doing a radio show when playing for a losing team is difficult. The Jets are an abysmal 9-26 since Adams was drafted.

But Scott also criticized Adams, who is a captain, for bailing on his apparent commitment to appear on the show for the entire season. Scott said it sends the wrong message and also that Adams is missing a leadership opportunity.

"I'm disappointed, too," Scott said. "Because I look at Jamal like a little brother. And it's just bad advice. It's one thing to maybe not do it after the season, but you always [finish what you] start. And listen, it is not easy, it is not easy at all to come on a radio show and your team has never been successful. Now, when your team has been successful and maybe it's a down year, then it's good. But all he knows is ills, defeats.

"But that's why people look to you, because they know they wouldn't want to do. it. So this is your opportunity to separate yourself from the normal athletes and from the leaders in that locker room, and say 'Listen, I'm going to speak for us. I'm going to step up and do what's tough.' Because every athlete's gotten here because we didn't do what was easy, we did what was right. And it was right for Jamal to finish what he started."

Scott recalled an example from his 2007 season with the Ravens, when he kept his commitment to a weekly radio even after the team followed up a 4-1 start with nine straight losses. 

"It was difficult," Scott said. "But I think the fan base appreciated me more, because when things were tough I was able to step up and still do what was right."

But in 2012, while with the Jets, Scott refused to talk to reporters for several weeks. That year he also tried, and failed, to convince his teammates to boycott the media

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