The bizarre journey of former San Diego State RB Adam Muema is continuing and he may be in Mexico.
A fascinating Sports Illustrated piece about Muema on Thursday explored his travails after he declared for the NFL draft following his junior season at San Diego State.
Muema was scheduled to participate in February's NFL combine, but left the combine saying that God told him to do so and that if he did leave, the Seattle Seahawks would draft him.
The Seahawks did not draft him. No one drafted Muema.
Since the week of March 17, multiple people say Muema has not been in regular contact with anyone except his aunt, Trina Washington Powell, who raised Muema. For the last two months, he has tweeted about traveling to Mexico, where Rayel has summoned his followers, the Rayelites, to gather in anticipation of the world ending. Based on his social media posts and brief interview with the San Diego Union Tribune this week, Muema appears to be there now.
Rayel is a self-proclaimed prophet who claims to be the second coming of Jesus and warns of an impending apocalypse.
Those around Muema say he's quiet but unlike how he is on Twitter, where he talks often about Rayel and said Tuesday he was going to Brazil for the World Cup. When reached by SI, another aunt for Muema said "He hasn't talked about any of that," when referring to his online following of Rayel. "He's just Adam."
After leaving the combine, Muema's whereabouts were unkown for four days until he showed up at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. airport and was convinced to board a flight back to San Diego. He was then scheduled to participate in San Diego State's pro day but didn't show up there either.
Muema declined interviews from Sports Illustrated and hasn't spoken with any other outlets except for brief confersations since he left the combine. According to SI, many have wondered if Muema has become part of a cult after reading his increasingly bizarre tweets.
"Athletes are more susceptible than the average person because they have this drive to be excellent," Steve Hassan, a mental health professional, told SI. "And if someone comes along and says, 'I have the magic cure to help you be excellent [all the time],' well, people believe what they want to believe even if it's not that logical or rational."
There's not one way to go through life; we're all proof of that. Muema may simply be traveling the world or, as some around him apparently fear, there could be a deeper issue. If it's the latter, here's to hoping Muema can find the help he needs.
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