SC State University wants lawsuit connected to Rock Hill mass shooting dismissed

ROCK HILL, S.C. — South Carolina State University wants a lawsuit dismissed that was filed by the father of former NFL player Phillip Adams.

Adams killed six people at their Rock Hill home back in 2021. The victims included Dr. Robert Lesslie, a prominent York County doctor, his wife, two of their grandchildren, and two HVAC technicians. Adams died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In April, Adams’ father filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Adams played college football at South Carolina State. His father claims the school failed to keep players safe from head injuries, leading to his son’s severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The brain disease is known to cause aggression and violent mood swings.


Our partners at the Herald report South Carolina State has filed a response to the suit that denies those claims. The suit says Adams voluntarily played football at the school, assumed the risks of playing, and failed to exercise care for his own safety. The university also said Adams signed a waiver before playing on the team.

South Carolina State wants the suit dropped.

No court hearings have been set yet.


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