Turns out the murder/suicide of 5 people in South Carolina on Wednesday night was the violent handiwork of former NFL cornerback, Phillip Adams. He had been retired since 2015 and his comeback appearance was wrought with pure malice and tragedy and left a trail of deaths, including 2 children.
The 32-year-old fatally shot himself after entering the Lesslie residence, killing Robert, his wife of 40 years, Barbara Lesslie, two of their eight grandchildren, and a 38-year-old man who was doing work at the home, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting happened at about 4:45 p.m. York County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Lesslie home, arriving to find the renowned 70-year-old physician and author and his 69-year-old wife dead.
Also killed were 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie, along with James Lewis of Gastonia. A sixth person was shot but is expected to survive.
The Lesslies and Adams live on the same street, police said.
Hm. Ex-NFL player, retired early, went batshit crazy and killed a bunch of people for no apparent reason. First thing that came to mind…and Adams’ father, Alonzo, went there.
Insinuating his son may have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, from his years in the NFL, the father said: “I think the football messed him up.”
Color me shocked.
The brain injury disavowal is never far behind the moment an NFL player who goes wildly and fatally off the rails.
CTE is a problem and it’s one we can all nod in solemn compliance with. As I am wont, I can’t help but cynically question that which the majority “agree” with for no valid reason. The rash of violent “post-concussive” outbreaks at the hands of ex-NFLers perhaps owe homage to brain injury, but how much of this violence is homage to that specific mentality that chooses to play a sport like professional football?
What came first? The CTE or the berserk football head?
Or the marriage of berserk with CTE?