The father of Phillip Adams, who shot and killed five people before taking his life in South Carolina this week, believes that football may have played a part in his son’s horrific actions.
While speaking to the local news, Adams said that his son is a good kid and his football career is to blame for the dark turn.
“I can say he’s a good kid,” Alonzo Adams told WCNC-TV. “I think the football messed him up.
“All I can say is we pray for the family. He used to be my doctor a long time ago. I know they were good folks down there. We’re gonna keep them in our prayers.”
The victims in Wednesday’s shooting were identified as 70-year-old Dr. Robert Lesslie, his 69-year-old wife, Barbara Lesslie, and their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie, along with 38-year-old James Lewis who was working at the home at the time of the shooting.
A sixth person was shot, but survived and is being treated at the local hospital.
The 32-year-old Phillips was previously treated by Dr. Lesslie.
After starring at South Carolina State, Phillips was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2010 NFL Draft. He would go on to have brief stints with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, and Atlanta Falcons.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victims during these incredibly difficult and tragic times.
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