Experts: Phillip Adams’ history of concussions could have role in SC shooting

Experts: Phillip Adams’ history of concussions could have role in SC shooting


Former NFL player Phillip Adams’ history of concussions during his football career should be examined as a potential factor in the mass shooting he carried out, killing five before turning the gun on himself, experts told The Post.

Adams, 32, a former defensive back who played with the Seahawks, 49ers, Patriots, Raiders and Jets, could have been left with lasting head trauma after suffering at least two concussions during games.

“He could have been taking hits all the time [and] only wound up with only one or two concussions, but the cumulative hits he has taken is so many that it could have made him develop a degenerative brain disease,” known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, said Dr. Hallie Zwibel, the director of New York Institute of Technology’s Center for Sports Medicine.

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Whether Adams suffered from CTE, commonly associated with head injuries, remains unclear for now because it can only be diagnosed posthumously from examining the brain, experts said.

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