October 5, 2022

Former NFL Player Phillip Adams Had ‘Unusually Severe’ CTE When He Killed Six People and Took His Own Life

Docs have confirmed that former NFL participant Phillip Adams, who killed six individuals earlier than killing himself, had extreme CTE.

Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist and knowledgeable on neurodegenerative ailments at Boston College, studied Adams’ mind after his loss of life. She discovered that 20 years of enjoying soccer brought on him to have extreme CTE in each frontal lobes of his mind.

On April seventh, Adams shot six individuals to loss of life at a Rock Hill, South Carolina residence earlier than killing himself the following day. Earlier than the tragedy unfolded, Adams complained of extreme ache, reminiscence loss, and problem sleeping. His household says that he tried numerous instances to get assist from the NFL however was denied as a result of he had bother remembering issues about his situation and struggled to finish easy duties corresponding to touring to the physician’s workplace.

The San Francisco 49ers drafted the 33-year-old in 2010. He additionally performed for the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, and Atlanta Falcons till 2015. Earlier than his NFL profession, he performed faculty soccer for the South Carolina State Bulldogs.

Throughout her examination, McKee in contrast Adams’ CTE pathology to that of deceased NFL participant Aaron Hernandez, who was discovered to have Stage 2 CTE after his 2017 loss of life. She discovered distinct variations that made Adams’ situation extra crucial than Hernandez’s.

“It was different in that it was unusually severe in both frontal lobes,” she defined.

Along with complications and reminiscence loss, McKee says Stage 2 CTE could cause aggression, impulsivity, despair, paranoia, nervousness, and “homicidal behavior.”

The NFL mentioned that they “appreciate the work done by Dr. McKee” and are “committed to supporting scientific research into CTE.”