Police report shows no clear motive for Phillip Adams killings

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The official police report arising from the mass murder committed by former NFL defensive back Phillip Adams reportedly does not shed much light on the reason for the killings.

Via David Newton of ESPN.com, the official report “revealed little motive” for Adams’ decision to shoot and kill six others before taking his own life.

Adams, a seventh-round pick in 2010 of the 49ers, killed Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife, and two grandchildren. Adams also shot and killed two HVAC technicians who were working at the Lesslie home.

The police report contains this note: “We understand that there is a tremendous amount of public interest in this case and we will release further details when such release will not impact our ability to investigate these crimes.”

Adams brain will be evaluated for Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy.

In the days after the shooting, U.S. Representative Ralph Norman said that Dr. Lesslie had been treating Adams and had stopped giving him medication. That theory apparently has yet to gain official traction.

11 responses to “Police report shows no clear motive for Phillip Adams killings

  1. Families had past connections or ties, making totally random incident highly unlikely. Something is being missed or withheld it seems.

  2. “U.S. Representative Ralph Norman said that Dr. Lesslie had been treating Adams and had stopped giving him medication. That theory apparently has yet to gain official traction.”

    In fact, the police report shows that Rep. Norman was engaging in pure speculation, if not flat out lying, regarding a motive for the shootings. This is not surprising to anyone with knowledge of Norman’s record.

  3. Has to be mental health but, the part to me that’s confusing is why the Dr stopped giving him medication.

  4. My bet is some degree of CTE. Won’t stop the clowns that never played a down of football from complaining about football being “too soft” and not a “man’s game” like it was in the “good ‘ol days”

  5. Listen, this is a police report, not anything more.

    A police report is events as stated and or witnessed, it often never reveals any follow up information. The investigation is ongoing. You’re a buffoon of you think there was 0 doctor patient connection

  6. I am one who isn’t convinced that football is always to blame when a person’s brain has Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy, just because the person happened to have played football for a long time. Who knows what could have caused it? He could have fallen off a bicycle or out of trees when he was a kid or got hurt in some other way.
    If I had a dollar for every time I got hurt doing something silly when I was a kid, I’d have a lot of dollars.
    And I’m also not convinced that just because a person is found to have had CTE, it doesn’t mean that’s what caused him to do terrible deeds. There are thousands of people in our jails who never played football in their lives who did the same type of thing that Phillip Adams did.
    I think it’s an easy out for football to get blamed for this type of behavior. I’d be willing to bet that there are hundreds of former football players, boxers, professional wrestlers, and other athletes whose brains would show they have CTE that never would dream of doing a terrible thing like Phillips did.
    My point is, some people do terrible things and there is no definitive answer as to why they do them.

  7. “There are thousands of people in our jails who never played football in their lives who did the same type of thing that Phillip Adams did. I think it’s an easy out for football to get blamed for this type of behavior. I’d be willing to bet that there are hundreds of former football players, boxers, professional wrestlers, and other athletes whose brains would show they have CTE that never would dream of doing a terrible thing like Phillips did.”

    No one is blaming football for Adams or anyone else’s actions. Likewise, no one is saying that everyone who has some degree of CTE commits terrible atrocities.

    However, it is scientific fact that the violent head hits associated with football cause CTE. It is also a scientific fact that advanced CTE leads to mental health issues. This does not mean that every football player will suffer from advanced CTE, or that folks with mild forms of CTE will have mental health problems. But to totally dismiss the reality that playing football can cause CTE is simply denying proven human biology.

  8. “My point is, some people do terrible things and there is no definitive answer as to why they do them.”

    But only one puts money in your pocket.

  9. Back in the days of leather helmets you could buy a Thompson machine gun from the Sears and Robuck catalog and the only mass shootings were mob related.

  10. “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.”

    The medication theory either did or did not originate from law enforcement. If it did, then the theory has not necessarily been discarded but remains speculation without a solid factual basis. It’s not something law enforcement will release to the public.

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