Report: Phillip Adams shootings were sparked by decision to stop medication

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It remains unknown why former NFL defensive back Phillip Adams shot and killed a prominent South Carolina doctor, his wife, two grandchildren, and another person. A new report supplies a potential motive.

South Carolina U.S. Representative Ralph Norman tells Alex Giles of WBTV that Dr. Robert Lesslie had been treating Adams, and that Dr. Lesslie had stopped giving Adams medication.

“He was treating him and stopped giving him medicine and that’s what triggered the killings from what I understand,” Norman said.

Norman, who posted a statement following the killings explaining that he was a close friend of Dr. Lesslie’s, said that the information supplying a potential motive came from law enforcement.

York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said during a Thursday press conference that there was no indication of a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Lesslie and Phillip Adams.

A seventh-round pick of the 49ers in 2010, Adams also played for the Patriots, Seahawks, Raiders, Jets, and Falcons.

12 responses to “Report: Phillip Adams shootings were sparked by decision to stop medication

  1. Disgusting. But sure let’s continue to push the idea that it was footballs fault. Or CTE.

  2. joelmiller23 says:
    April 9, 2021 at 3:38 pm
    Disgusting. But sure let’s continue to push the idea that it was footballs fault. Or CTE

    People like you would rather believe black folks are monsters than to believe any science. This kid had no criminal history prior to. He was cut by the Raiders for having 2 concussions in 3 games. Im sure head trauma had absolutely nothing to do with it. My heart goes out to anyone who has to be involved with such tragedy and horror. Life taken too early is a shame!

  3. What is more fearsome to me is drug companies claiming someone stopping their presribed medication is what is wrong

  4. bob says:
    What is more fearsome to me is drug companies claiming someone stopping their presribed medication is what is wrong
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    This could be worrisome, but what drugs Adams was on, why he was on them, and why the doctor stopped prescribing them is the big question.

    Drugs that help with depression and other disorders don’t get a person “high,” but suddenly stopping them can have serious negative consequences. Sometimes regular MDs will prescribe those drugs, completely unaware that a person needs to taper off them.

    Ultimately we have to look at the brain as just another organ in your body. People with diabetes need help because they’re not producing enough, or any, insulin. A person’s brain not producing enough dopamine isn’t much different (conceptually). Drugs that treat bipolar can change a person from having a nasty attitude, unpredictable rage, to being much more normal – less prone to anger.

    I’m less inclined to blame the drugs until I know more about the treatment plan. If Adams was being prescribed narcotics it’s a whole different ballgame.

  5. One thing for sure. He knew the difference between right and wrong because he avoided facing justice by shooting himself. He knew what he did was wrong and he did not want to go to prison for the rest of his life.

  6. People like you would rather believe black folks are monsters than to believe any science
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    Wow, that was out of left field. Dude meant it was the medication’s fault, not football’s. No one is talking race except you.

  7. “One thing for sure. He knew the difference between right and wrong because he avoided facing justice by shooting himself. He knew what he did was wrong and he did not want to go to prison for the rest of his life.”

    That is not sure at all. In fact, you are jumping to a wild and dangerous conclusion.

    The decision to commit suicide is the product of a troubled individual. It is indicative of something completely different from rational thought, such as understanding the difference between right and wrong.

  8. One thing for sure. He knew the difference between right and wrong because he avoided facing justice by shooting himself
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    Quite an assumption. Things aren’t that cut and dry.

  9. Normal people don’t do these horrendous things. I would bet money that, if Doctors had physical access to Adams’ brain, they would find he has a considerable amount of damage from CTE. This terrible event reminds me of Aaron Hernandez who was found to have massive damage to his brain from CTE. Believe it or not, CTE from football is a reality. I’m overjoyed my Grandson plays Lacrosse because his Dad said “no football.”

  10. CTE from prolonged and consistent drug usage is also a very real thing.

    There isn’t one specific cause for the disease. We do know that frequent and repetitive hits to the head are very likely causes for CTE. Even then it still does not appear in every individual who has played professional football and taken numerous hits to the head.

    One of the issues with the studies that check someone’s brain for signs of CTE is they only check brains donated to them by people who believe their loved one is afflicted with CTE.

    People like Chris Collinsworth or Troy Aikman and any number of other healthy individuals who previously played football don’t show the symptoms associated with CTE.

    They may still have some minimal signs of it, but we won’t know unless their brain is donated to science.

    Until we find a way to test for the presence of CTE in living individuals we’ll never know exactly how many people this impacts.

    Nor will we know why some individuals are severely impacted with brains that are incredibly traumatized while others appear to be asymptomatic.

    Until we look at brains from healthy and unhealthy former players the information will not be complete.

    Obviously CTE exists and it is caused by trauma to the head. We need to find out why it impacts some individuals more seriously than others. To do that we need to start looking at brains of former players who did not suffer from CTE related symptoms.

    To see whether they have it all or whether they have a relatively mild case that would not come with obvious symptoms.

  11. Have any teams decided not to play games in other leagues because of this senseless violence? Talk about institutionalized racism… SMH

  12. I would throw CTE discussions out for now. If someone is on medications that help with bi-polar, mood disorder, depression, or anything similar, going OFF your medication sends shockwaves through your brain if it is not done properly.

    Just a sad story.

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