Members of the Adams household have their very own theories. They wonder if soccer could have broken his mind in the identical manner that has led different gamers to show violent and, in just a few instances, take their very own lives.
On Thursday, Alonzo Adams, Phillip’s father, instructed WCNC, a Charlotte tv station, “I feel the soccer messed him up.” His sister, Lauren Adams, instructed USA At present that he had lately turn out to be uncharacteristically aggressive.
“His psychological well being degraded quick and terribly dangerous,” she stated. “There was uncommon conduct.”
Adams’s mind shall be studied to find out whether or not he had persistent traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., a degenerative mind illness related to repeated hits to the pinnacle, in line with Sabrina Gast, the coroner in York County. It may well take months to obtain a prognosis for the illness, which has been linked to temper issues, reminiscence issues, impulsive conduct and different points, and has been present in a whole lot of former soccer gamers.
Former coaches, colleagues, neighbors and associates who knew Adams described him in interviews as a hard-working athlete who by no means superior past journeyman standing within the N.F.L., however who remained a quiet, useful presence on the town.
“In 43 years, if you happen to would’ve instructed me that this is able to have occurred with Phillip Adams, I’d’ve put him within the final 5 of the 1000’s of children I coached,” Montgomery stated on Thursday. “It’s only a unhappy day.”
Duane Belue, a longtime pal and neighbor of the Adams household, stated Phillip was near his mom. Although Phillip had purchased a brand new truck, he didn’t seem to overspend, and he stayed together with his mother and father for prolonged durations. Throughout the final yr, the Belues stated they seen that Phillip’s conduct had modified. He was much less approachable and would tempo exterior aimlessly.
“We seen within the yard, he was out strolling, type of unhappy,” Anne Belue stated. “You may’t decide any individual that distant, however he was at all times actual pleasant earlier than then.”