Six days after former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth was released from prison, the son of the pregnant woman Carruth was convicted of trying to kill was a special guest on the field Sunday as the Panthers hosted the Baltimore Ravens.
Chancellor Lee Adams, now 19, was born 10 weeks premature with brain damage and cerebral palsy as a result of the shooting that killed his mother, Cherica Adams.
Adams wore a white No. 1 jersey of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Carolina's sideline with his grandmother, Saundra Adams, before kickoff. Several players greeted him and Panthers safety Eric Reid gave him his playing gloves.
Carruth, 44, played for the Panthers from 1997-99. He was convicted in 2001 for his role in the murder and served a prison term of nearly 19 years for the Nov. 16, 1999, shooting near his North Carolina home.
At Carruth's trial, the hitman Carruth hired testified the former first-round pick wanted the child dead so he wouldn’t have to pay child support.
Carruth now lives in Pennsylvania and is serving a nine-month supervised probation term related to his convictions. He was released from prison Oct. 22.
Contributing: A.J. Perez, USA TODAY Sports; the Associated Press
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