Phillip Adams, the former NFL cornerback charged with murdering his doctor and four others in South Carolina before committing suicide early on Thursday, suffered several concussions during his football career and was also arrested for assault and carrying a hidden weapon.
On Thursday, Adams’ father Alonzo told Charlotte, North Carolina station WCNC that he blames football for what happened to his 32-year-old son.
“I can say he’s a good boy,” said Alonzo Adams. “I think football ruined him.”
Alonzo Adams didn’t go into the details, but Phillip sustained at least two concussions while playing for the Oakland Raiders in 2015, although curiously he missed only one game due to the brain injury.
Phillip Adams, the former NFL cornerback charged with murdering his doctor and four others in South Carolina before committing suicide early Thursday, suffered several concussions during his football career and was also arrested for assault and carrying a concealed weapon , according to data.
Adams suffered a concussion while filming an interception against the Browns in 2012
One such concussion occurred in a game against Cleveland when Adams collided with a teammate while pulling in an interception.
He was later asked by Raiders.com to describe what went through his mind during the play.
“I don’t know,” said Adams. “I couldn’t tell you, but my teammates, we all go for that ball in the heat of battle all the secondary time. I was a bit groggy, but we got the turnover and I was happy with that. ‘
Raiders spokespersons in Las Vegas did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for more information about Adam’s concussion.
Before turning pro, Adams was arrested in 2009 for felony and injuries, although he was not convicted. He was also arrested in Charlotte for carrying a concealed gun in 2016.
Court officials from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for more information.
Adams, a cornerback from the state of South Carolina, was a seventh-round NFL Draft pick in 2010.
While never a star in the league, he played regularly for six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Raiders, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons. His best seasons came in his two years at Oakland, where he played in 31 games and recorded a few interceptions. He also had success as a punt return winner.
Adams made just over $ 3 million over parts of his six NFL seasons, according to Spotrac.com.
The Associated Press reported that Adams’ parents lived near his victims, including Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara Lesslie, 69, and grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.
Adams was reportedly a patient of Lesslie’s, who worked as an emergency care physician for decades. It is not publicly known why Lesslie treated Adams, or if there was any head injury.
Concussion has not been definitively associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.
CTE can only be diagnosed posthumously.
Several former NFL players diagnosed with CTE died of suicide, including Adams’ former Patriots teammate, Aaron Hernandez, who hanged himself in prison after a murder conviction.
“We don’t know why people get CTE,” Manning told DailyMail.com in 2018. ‘I think football players have been looked at the most, but we only know what the brain looks like after they die. We don’t know what happens in people’s lives. We also don’t know how the findings correlate with people’s symptoms. ‘
As Manning explained, there is no proven link between football and CTE, nor is there a proven link between concussion and CTE: “A lot of research needs to be done to fill in the blanks there.”
To many, the 2017 Boston University CTE Center study, which posthumously diagnosed 110 of 111 former NFL players with the disease, seemed quite compelling, if not conclusive.
According to Lee E. Goldstein, a professor at Boston University School of Medicine and College of Engineering, concussions may not be an indicator of CTE, which can lead to behavioral or cognitive problems and even dementia.
“We have a significant number of cases in the [brain] bank who have passed away and meet the neuropathological diagnostic criteria for CTE, and have never had a concussion, ” Goldstein told DailyMail.com in 2019.
“We see these young people… 17 year olds with evidence of CTE,” he continued. ‘There should be no evidence of neurodegenerative disease at that age. We know we’ve had quite a few cases in people that age, in their early 20s or late teens, who have never had a witness, documented concussion in their life. ‘
Goldstein was part of the Boston University research team that published a groundbreaking study showing that exposure to repeated head trauma – and not necessarily concussion – was the main cause of CTE.