The biggest NFL news this week was the stabbing of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams. The situation could have been much worse, and for that, everyone is grateful. Adams will probably recover before the season starts, and two of his suspected attackers have been arrested.
Most of Adams’s fans have been supportive, but there’s been some ill-timed negativity in the comments of many of the news articles about his assault. Adams says he was standing outside his house at 3 AM when three men tried to carjack him. Some fans have searched this account for clues that the attack might have been Adams’s fault. What was he doing out at that hour, hanging around his car without his keys?
People are asking these questions because the randomness of the stabbing is terrifying. Adams is a big guy who gets paid handsomely to provide world class protection on the football field. It’s tough for us to get our heads around a man like him being a crime victim. Adams is a startling reminder that sometimes bad things happen to the strongest and most prepared people.