On Thursday, there was news in South Carolina that a prominent doctor and his family were shot and killed by an unknown gunman. In a bizarre turn of events later that night, the gunman turned out to be former NFL player Phillip Adams. When he was identified, the authorities started searching for him. That search ended when he was discovered dead at his house, 9 miles away from the scene of the crime.
The deceased were identified as Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara, 69. Their grandchildren, Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5 were also shot dead by Adams. The county sheriff admitted that no cause has been found yet as to why Adams chose to take this extreme step.
“I can say he’s a good kid — he was a good kid, and I think the football messed him up,” Alonzo Adams, Phillips’s father told WCNC-TV. “He didn’t talk much and he didn’t bother nobody.”
Phillip Adams – The man behind the fiend
Phillip Adams was a Rock Hill native for all of his life. He was born and brought up in that place. He was a seventh-round draft pick in the 2010 NFL draft and was selected to play for the San Francisco 49ers.
Adams had a tumultuous career. Multiple injuries and dismal performances resulted in him retiring from the sport five years later in 2015.
He suffered two concussions while playing for the Raiders in 2012. Nonetheless, it is not known whether the head injuries were the reason for his erratic behavior.
People who have known Adams have said that he was a good human being. His agent Scott Casterline, talked to ESPN on Thursday night. He said, “He was part of my family. I loved him. He’s a great kid, a great guy. This is so unlike him. He had to not be in his right mind, obviously. All of us who knew Philip are shaking our heads. He struggled away from the game.”
Casterline revealed that Phillip Adams tried to get his life in order by opening a juice and smoothie shop. However, that business came to a halt when Covid-19 hit. The County sheriff told the reporters that the incident is beyond unimaginable and that they are also trying their best to deal with it.
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