Phillip Adams’ brain will be studied for CTE

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Earlier this week, former NFL defensive back Phillip Adams shot and killed five people before killing himself. Adams’ father said that “football messed him up.” Scientists will take a closer look at that specific question.

Via the Associated Press, the brain of Phillip Adams will be tested for Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy, a degenerative condition that potentially can cause cognitive disorders and other problems.

On Friday, York County, South Carolina coroner Sabrina Gast said Friday in a statement that Phillip Adams’ family has authorized that the autopsy include a search for CTE. The Medical University of South Carolina will work in conjunction with Boston University, which researches the issue of CTE.

U.S. Representative Ralph Norman has claimed that the shooting of Dr. Robert Lesslie and four others resulted from Dr. Lesslie’s refusal to give Adams medication.

Drafted in 2010, Adams played for the 49ers, Patriots, Seahawks, Raiders, Jets, and Falcons in a career that lasted through 2015.

23 responses to “Phillip Adams’ brain will be studied for CTE

  1. It is a shame that Rep. Norman is blaming Dr. Lesslie simply because Norman is trying to deflect away from gun violence. This is a horrible example of victim blaming.

    This is the same Norman who laid a loaded pistol on a table pointed at a group of women from Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence. Norman’s deadly agenda is clear. Anything he says about this matter should be given no credence

  2. It’s too bad they don’t or can’t test for these things before tragedy strikes. What good does it do to know afterwards?

  3. It’s only an “excuse” when you have control over whatever the rationale used might be. Examples of an “excuse” might include, I was drunk or high.
    CTE is a serious and degenerative condition of the brain. Its victims have no control over the condition and deserve support and compassion, not criticism from people who know nothing about the condition.

  4. Mental illness is a lot more common than mass shootings. Even if brain damage is found, it cannot explain why he committed the crimes.

  5. I’m sure knowing that this loser fringe player had CTE will put the family and friends of the victims at rest.

  6. CTE tests can only be done post mortem. When and if a procedure can ever be done on the living, which fans should regard as a good thing, the NFL will suffer an exodus of players, with resulting lost revenue and interest. College players will get tested too, if they’re smart, so draft day won’t be as interesting, hopeful or exciting. Helmet technology will help, but on hard hits, players’ brains will still bang up against their skulls. CTE cases, unfortunately, are inevitable

  7. gibson45

    How is citing a possible motive, in the words you chose, “victim blaming”

    I don’t know Norman on any level. But you can easily read that he was a close friend of the doctor. You are missing very important things when it comes to life, context matters. He was just citing a report.

    You accuse Norman, who (*very might well be guilty of what you accuse*) but you do the same thing. Very terrible tragedy but some can’t help but infuse multiple motives to prove an agenda

  8. If you did a brain autopsy of everyone who died, thousands would show signs of CTE. Lees than 1% of those would be ex-football players.

  9. “If you did a brain autopsy of everyone who died, thousands would show signs of CTE. Lees than 1% of those would be ex-football players.”

    It’s all about the cash.

  10. K says:
    gibson45

    “How is citing a possible motive, in the words you chose, “victim blaming”

    I don’t know Norman on any level. But you can easily read that he was a close friend of the doctor. You are missing very important things when it comes to life, context matters. He was just citing a report.”

    K – Norman was doing much more than citing a report. In fact, Norman was the first person to attribute this tragedy to Dr. Lesslie possibly not continuing Adams medication. The truth is that Norman knows nothing about what happened.

    Also, there is no indication that Norman even knew Dr. Lesslie, much less was his close friend.

  11. Fun fact: in the decades before 1968 any disgruntled teenager in America could have saved his paper route money, bought a semiautomatic WW2 rifle and ammo, had them shipped to a PO box, and gone on a killing spree.

    None did.

    Clearly the availability of weapons isn’t the problem. WE are the problem. Something has changed in US. Maybe Adams had CTE or maybe he is just another example of how WE have changed since 1968. We need to determine what has changed within US and figure out how to raise kids who value human life. Of course, that would be hard and demonizing inanimate objects is easy. No mystery which route our politicians will take…

  12. Nobody has the answer yet we all know the outcome. Mental illness is at every stage of life. Kids are making adult decisions way to soon and never develop the understanding of consequences. The next generation of the workforce is going to be a mess.

  13. Also, there is no indication that Norman even knew Dr. Lesslie, much less was his close friend.

    This was in the prior article right here on pro football talk. They were friends.

    Here’s the excerpt, Florio writes

    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.

  14. And the last line is key, citing possible motive came from law enforcement.

    So two claims you made, completely false.

    Even a subpar reader should be able to retain some info

  15. In fact Gibson45, the link that says, claimed was from not giving medication. Takes you to the prior article. But yes, continue saying there’s no evidence of this. Read the article. Read. Then come back here.

  16. So it could be footballs fault and not the availability of a weapon? Wow I think it its Biden’s and Harris’s fault.

  17. I’m getting tired of excuses for criminal behavior. Tired of there always having to be an “explanation”. There are people in this world that get angry when they don’t get, or have, what they want, and take it out on others. Period.

  18. There is no doubt in my mind they will find Adams’ brain severely damaged by CTE just as was Aaron Hernandez’ brain. As Hernandez did, Adams played football from childhood so you have to think his brain absorbed massive abuse over the 15-20 years he played football. I know there’s a gazillion doubters of the effects that violent collisions in football have on players’ brains but facts are facts. Every contact sport in the world now has concussion protocols during games. Does anyone doubt those sports’ administrators and health officials believe CTE is a real danger?

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