Friday’s Mashup: Jets safety Jamal Adams does not believe Rob Gronkowski is retiring

Lucy Burdge
April 05, 2019 - 6:06 am

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-- Jamal Adams is skeptical that Rob Gronkowski’s retirement is real.

The Jets safety does not believe the former Patriot has actually walked away from football and said so during the Jets’ new uniform reveal on Thursday.

“He’ll be back,” Adams said. “He’ll be back. He’s not fooling me.”

Adams said he hopes Gronkowski will return because he enjoyed playing against him.

“I was sad,” Adams said of the retirement news. “I was upset because going against him is what I look forward to. I like going against the best, and obviously, he was the best. I hope he comes back. I know he will. I don’t believe it yet.”

Also, the Jets unveiled the team’s new uniforms with a full-on presentation on Thursday.

-- Craig Carton is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday on charges of financial fraud and is set to release a confessional video to coincide with the sentencing.

The video, titled The Reckoning, was reportedly shot and produced six weeks ago and features five minutes of the former WFAN host confessing to his crimes and explaining how gambling has affected his life.

“My 7-year-old son went back to school after the summer. The teacher said, ‘I want you to draw for me your favorite places to visit.’ He drew Atlantis, Hollywood Hard Rock and the Borgata — three casinos,” he said. “That’s not normal for a 7-year-old. That’s the first time I really looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’ve got a problem.’”

“Four people — two I never even met to this day — advanced me upwards of a million dollars with the promise of returning a quick five or ten percent profit on their dough and his genius, as if he needed to share his take,” he said “I borrowed over $30 million to gamble with. Helicopters, private jets, vacations. I had it all at my disposal because I was wagering obscene amounts of money. And I didn’t care. I had a huge ego when it came to my ability to play blackjack … I was wagering 10, 20 thousand dollars a hand just a few hours before I was supposed to do a radio show.”

“If I was drinking, you could tell I was drinking. Drugs? You could tell I was on drugs. Gambling? There was no way to tell,” he continued. “Harrah’s in Atlantic City. They allowed me to wager five hands at $25,000 a hand, at once. Obscene. I won $4 million in three days and didn’t tell a single person. Didn’t enjoy it, didn’t buy anything with it. Two weeks later, I lost $700,000. You end up living in an isolated, introverted world of secrets. And that’s what I did, until I couldn’t anymore.”

He also recounted his arrest in 2017.

“Sept 6, 2017. It was 3:50 in the morning. I was leaving my apartment to go to work … There’s a woman coming up the steps. She says, ‘Are you Craig Carton?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ She said, ‘FBI, you’re under arrest,’” he said. “And that was my day of reckoning, and it has all gone downhill since.”

Carton is scheduled to be sentenced in Manhattan federal court and faces up to 45 years in prison. Prosecutors have recommended 5-7 years.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The whole game it was an issue. I pay attention to details. I love paying attention to details and that’s something I took pride last year, and right now, we’re not paying attention to details.” -- Alex Cora, on the Red Sox’ 2-6 start to the season