Ex-teammate of Phillip Adams 'who killed 5 including doctor' urges NFL players to speak out if they're struggling

A FORMER teammate of Phillip Adams who "fatally gunned down a doctor and his family" urged NFL players to reach out to him if they need to talk,

Brandon Spikes, a former linebacker with the New England Patriots who played alongside Adams in 2011, took to Twitter on Thursday after the mass shooting in South Carolina.

"Omg so sad," he wrote. "I remember buddy in the locker room This why i do my best 2 check on my people when i can. Teammates don’t hesitate to hit my line if u need to talk it’s been the same since 7th grade."

"Damn that s**t just broke my heart," he added in another tweet.

Adams allegedly shot dead Dr Robert Lesslie, 70, his wife, Barbara, 69, their two grandchildren and James Lewis, a 38-year-old man who had been working at the Lesslie home.

A sixth victim, 38-year-old Robert Shook, was flown to a Charlotte hospital and was "fighting hard for his life," Newsweek reported.

Lesslie had been treating Adams for brain injuries he sustained while playing for the NFL when the alleged attack happened.

Following the horrific Phillip Adams shooting, a spokesman for the NFL released a statement.

“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of this devastating tragedy," it read.

Experts believe the alleged killing spree could be a result of Adams brain injuries.

Dr Hallie Zwibel, the director of New York Institute of Technology’s Center for Sports Medicine, said the concussions could have led to a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

"He could have been taking hits all the time and only wound up with only one or two concussions," he told the New York Post.

"But the cumulative hits he has taken is so many that it could have made him develop a degenerative brain disease."

As a player, Adams had a six-year NFL career as a defensive back with five teams, finishing with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.

He attended South Carolina State University and was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

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