Jonathan Abrahams wants to set the record straight for all those critics ready to take away his right to be a Jets fan.
He thinks the Jets should re-sign Jamal Adams. He thinks Adams deserves to be the highest-paid safety in the NFL. He once posed for photos with his mother, nephew and Adams as they made nice small talk at a charity event.
And now Abrahams is miscast as the Jets fan who prompted the team’s biggest star to ask for a trade after his comment on Instagram prompted Adams’ latest of many rants voicing his frustration with his contract, followed hours later by an official trade request.
“Who would have even expected a reply?” Abrahams told The Post. “I saw that little red dot replying to me and I clicked it and all of a sudden I was like, ‘Is this actually from Jamal Adams? This is him responding to me?’ I was in shock.”
Abrahams is the unlikely middle man — a 47-year-old New Yorker who has been a fan since his mother brought him to a practice to meet Richard Todd and other 1970s Jets — in a feud that started in October when an insulted Adams was mentioned in trade talks.
Adams has been on a public crusade for an extension and raise all offseason, and seemed destined to hold out and request a trade sooner or later.
“I’ve been a Jets fan my entire life and I’ve never had this much control of the organization,” Abrahams quipped. “It’s crazy.”
It started with this message from Abrahams: “Love your play Jamal and you are a great dude. And yes you definitely deserved to get paid either this year or next. But Pat Mahomes is all I gotta [say]. Super Bowl MVP and same year as u. The fans and team love you. Just don’t be that guy. Best of luck this season. Go Jets!”
The words lit a powder keg. Insulted at being “that guy,” Adams ended his reply with, “Maybe it’s time to move on.”
“I’m not just a ‘me’ kind of guy,” Abrahams said. “That’s just my thing. There’s always a way to handle things in-house. I mentioned Mahomes meaning you are talking about the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP and I don’t hear him complaining about the Kansas City Chiefs or making it public in the media that he hasn’t received a contract yet.”
Abrahams has seen Adams called a crybaby (and worse) by Jets fans, so he doesn’t know why his words hit a sore spot. They traded a couple more messages before Adams blocked Abrahams’ account and deleted his other personal barbs.
The reaction from Jets fans has been split between the rational and those ready to blame Abrahams for running Adams out of town. Even Abraham’s 20-year-old nephew is angry, but he is taking the unexpected attention in stride.
“I tell anyone that is complaining, first of all, if me making a comment like that to Jamal Adams is the reason he wants to be traded it’s ridiculous. If anyone believes that’s actually the reason, they’ve got some serious problems,” Abrahams said.
“He’d leave in a second. He can request a trade, be out of here, never wear green again and burn his stuff — and I don’t think he’d really care, to be honest with you. I’ve spent my entire life rooting for the Jets and I’ve loved so many players through thick and thin with them. I can’t get traded the next day.”