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Ex-NFL Player Rae Carruth Attempts To Set The Record Straight About Pregnant Girlfriend’s Murder

Almost two decades after Rae Carruth was convicted on conspiracy charges related to his girlfriend's murder, the former NFL player is sharing his side of the story. In a 15-page prison letter published by WBTV Monday (Feb. 19), Carruth apologized for actions that led to the death of Cherica Adams, and blasted her mother, Saundra Adams, who is raising his now 18-year-old son, Chancellor.

Carruth accuses Adams of spreading lies about him in the media. The former Carolina Panthers wide receiver was sentenced to up to 24 years over the 1999 slaying, in which he was said to have hired a hitman to kill Cherica who was pregnant with their child at the time. Carruth will be released from prison this fall.

“I didn’t write this letter in an attempt to win anyone over, especially not the public,” Carruth begins. “I understand what an impossibility such an endeavor would be and aside from that, I have long accepted my lot as a social pariah. Instead, I wrote this letter and choose to make it public in an effort to openly confront and debunk the lies that Ms. Adams continues to tell about me, knowing full well that in doing so it will only add to the public ire against me.”

Carruth wrote the letter to “force the media and public alike" to start challenging Adams "on the truthfulness of the statements" that she has made about him, "claims of forgiveness" and her "insincerity" concerning Chancellor and Carruth "having a relationship going forward.”

Several times in the letter, Carruth thanks Adams for raising Chancellor, but reiterates that she allegedly lied about the nature of her daughter’s relationship with him, among other things.

“I’m actually in awe of the way that you manage to come up with a new, detrimental fact or statement about me year after year, and how you’re able to look into a news camera and utter these fabrications with a straight face,” he writes.

Carruth claims that Adams has done interviews stating that he “never apologized” to her over her daughter’s death. The 44-year-old former athlete says that he began apologizing to Adams early in his incarceration when she used to send him photos and updates on his son.

“Ms. Adams I want to sincerely apologize for the senseless act that led to the death of your daughter Cherica and the permanent mental and physical difficulties that Chancellor has to suffer through. I cannot begin to imagine the hardship and sorrow that you’ve had to endure behind all of this, and I am sorry for every bit of it,” he adds. “Having had time to look back and ponder on how the events of that night unfolded, I want you to know that I take full responsibility for everything. I could have done a better job of keeping Cherica and Chancellor out of harms way.”

Despite being eight months when she was shot, Cherica managed to call 911 and informed the dispatcher that Carruth was driving in front of her and slowed down just as another vehicle pulled up besides her and a shooter opened fire. The shooting left Chancellor without oxygen for several minutes causing him to suffer brain damage and cerebral palsy. He was delivered via emergency cesarian section.

During his trial, prosectors contended that Carruth hired someone to shoot and kill Cherica, to get out of paying child support.

Carruth however denies that child support was an issue because he says it was never brought up with Cherica. According to Carruth, he and Cherica weren't a couple, but instead had a casual sexual relationship, where neither wanted anything more.  He also claims that they were both sexually active with "multiple partners", so he wasn’t initially sure if Chancellor was his baby.

“In recent years you have openly expressed your willingness to allow me to have a relationship with my son,” Carruth writes to Adams. “My thoughts on this is that if such a thing were to ever come to fruition I would be eternally grateful. I’d give anything to have the opportunity to do right by Chancellor and play a meaningful role in his life.

"I mean come on Ms. Adams, the reality is you aren’t going to be around forever. At some point someone else will have to be responsible for Chancellor’s care. That being said, of course when that time comes, I would like to be in a position to be seriously considered as a viable option.”

In an interview with the Charlotte Observer Monday, Adams said that while she has “forgiven” Carruth he will never get custody of her grandson.

"I've forgiven Rae already, but to have any type of relationship with him, there does have to be some repentance," she said. "And I think this opens the door. But I can say definitively he's not ever going to have custody of Chancellor. He will never be raised by a stranger -- someone he doesn't know and who tried to kill him."

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Pro-footballer Marshawn Lynch might take another indefinite break from the National Football League. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lynch will step away from the turf "after two seasons playing for his hometown Oakland Raiders."

CBS Sports reports Lynch prepared to share his decision on staying in the league or exiting after the NFL Draft, which is set to take place on Thursday (April 25). He's been with the Raiders since 2017.

Prior to suiting up for his hometown's team, Lynch launched his pro career with the Buffalo Bills where he was stationed from 2007-2010. Following that stint, the 33-year-old entrepreneur traveled across the country to play for the Seattle Seahawks from 2010-2015.

Following his last year with the Seahawks, Lynch publicized his retirement by posting a picture of hanged up cleats on Twitter. In 2017, Lynch laced up once more to join the Oakland Raiders. During a press conference, Lynch shared that he wanted to play for the team before their move to Las Vegas, as a symbol to young children that someone from their town is a part of this movement.

"With me being from here and continuing to be here, it gives them an opportunity to see someone who actually did it, who is from where they're from, someone they probably idolized," he said, per USA Today. Lynch also shared the atmosphere he would encounter on game days.

"The way we feel about where we're from, and why we represent so hard is because we know what the struggle is and how we get down," he said. "Every home game that I get to come to this [stadium], I'm probably going to be riding with the whole town."

After two seasons playing for his hometown Oakland Raiders, Marshawn Lynch is not planning to play football again, league sources tell ESPN.

Now, with the three-day draft kicking off Thursday night in Nashville, the Raiders have one more potential need to address: running back.

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Russell Wilson Buys Amazon Stock For Select Teammates

Russell Wilson recently made history as the National Football League's (NFL) highest paid player. To celebrate this wealth, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback purchased Amazon stock worth $12,000 apiece for 13 of the team's offensive linesmen, TMZ reports.

The premise behind the gesture is to help set the players on a lucrative path post-NFL. "We all have dreams of what we can build and accomplish off the field," he wrote in a memo. "One important lesson I have learned thus far in my career: The memories on the field will last forever, but we have to constantly prepare for life after football."

In the letter that was sent to his teammates, Wilson said he was indecisive on what to give them as a sign of his appreciation for their protection on the field. "Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact," he said. "Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children." According to CNBC, each linesmen's stock could be worth $270,000 in the next 10 years if Amazon's shares continue to result in a return of 2,200 percent.

Earlier this month, Wilson signed a $140 million contract. He'll suit up with the Seahawks for the next four years. The re-signing follows a previous four-year agreement the 30-year-old athlete made with the team.

 

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Russell Wilson Reportedly Becomes Highest-Paid NFL Player

At the end of the NFL's season earlier this year, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson expressed his desire to remain in the Rain City but only if his deal could be renegotiated. As of April 15, it appears that Wilson, with the help of his agent Mark Rodgers, received exactly what he asked for.

According to ESPN, Wilson and his team of seven years signed an agreement of a $140 million extension, plus an added $65 million signing bonus, currently making the 30-year-old the highest paid player in the NFL.

With this renegotiation, Wilson not only takes the spot as the richest athlete in the league from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but he also set a record with his signing bonus being the highest ever.

Wilson took to his Instagram page to announce the good news with a video featuring his wife, R&B singer Ciara. "Hey Seattle, we got a deal," he said in the clip while lying in bed with Ciara. "Go Hawks. But I'mma see y'all in the morning. Time for y'all to go to bed."

 

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News of Wilson's deal comes after four days of negotiating between the quarterback's agent and the Seahawks. Wilson and Rodgers had a deadline for midnight for the Seahawks to make a suitable decision. On Tuesday (April 16), prior to the negotiation being set in stone, Rodgers stated that "at the end of the day my guy wants to live, work, thrive in Seattle. Loves this town and its fans. He compromised to stay here. I respect that."

Wilson's move was welcomed with open arms from Ciara, who took to his Instagram comments to say "So proud of you baby! God is so good! #GoHawks."

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