If you haven’t been following the saga of former San Diego State running back Adam Muema, let me fill you in, because it just got even stranger. Muema was considered to be a pretty solid NFL prospect who probably would have been drafted in the late rounds of the NFL Draft with a good showing at the NFL combine and at his pro day.
Muema arrived at the combine in Indianapolis but decided not to participate in any drills. He wasn’t injured. He claimed he was “following God,” who told him he would play for the Seattle Seahawks if he did not work out. After the combine, Muema wasn’t heard from for a few days until he showed up at the Florida facility where he had been preparing for the combine.
He was reportedly still dressed in his combine gear and had been at the Fort Lauderdale airport for three straight days. Before he left the combine, other strange behavior was reported. He apparently was in a “meditative state” in his hotel room and was not responding to people calling his name.
Now, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Muema, while in Indianapolis, attended a Catholic Mass before the combine began. At the time, Muema’s belief in numerology coupled with his belief in a self-proclaimed prophet named Lord RayEl who claims to be the second coming of Jesus Christ, convinced himself that if he skipped the combine he would be picked by the Seahawks and wear No. 8. He has already changed his Twitter biography to say “Seahawks #8.”
While at the Mass in Indianapolis, Muema told much of this to Jim Baraniak, the chaplain for the Green Bay Packers. Baraniak mentioned that Muema was the first player to attend the service in its eight-year history. Muema took that as a sign (the number eight especially) and Muema also explained his reason for leaving the combine to Baraniak.
“He told me numbers told him to do this,” Baraniak said. “I thought he meant the book of the Bible.”
In the days since, Muema was dropped by his agent and has returned to California. A San Diego State spokesman confirmed to the Times that the school’s football coaches had been in contact with Muema. No decision has been made as to whether Muema will or will not participate in San Diego State’s pro day on March 19.
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