Phillip Adams Death: Former NFL player who shot and killed six before killing himself suffered from Stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)

Phillip Adams Death: Former NFL player who shot and killed six before killing himself suffered from Stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Phillip Adams played college football for the South Carolina State Bulldogs and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He also played for the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, and Atlanta Falcons.

On April 7, 2021, 32-year-old Adams shot and killed six people at a house in Rock Hill, South Carolina. On April 8, during a standoff with the police, Adams shot himself, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Adams’ mother was inside the home during the standoff, but was “safely removed” before Adams killed himself, policesaid. According to a neighbor, police used a loudspeaker and sent a robot into the house in a failed attempt to coax him out.

Adam’s father, Alonzo, suggested that his football career may have played a role in the shooting, stating that the sport “messed him up”. An autopsy revealed that Adams suffered from an “unusually severe” case of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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