Chancellor Lee Adams, the son Rae Carruth tried to kill, to attend first Panthers game

·Yahoo Sports Columnist

Rae Carruth was back in the headlines this week, as the onetime first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers was released from prison after serving 17 years for orchestrating the shooting death of 24-year-old Cherica Adams, the woman carrying his child in 1999.

Adams underwent a C-section at the hospital to save that baby, a son named Chancellor Lee Adams who was delivered 10 weeks before his due date. He is almost 19 now, and has cerebral palsy and brain damage after being oxygen-deprived from his mother’s shooting.

Chancellor Lee Adams, left, and his grandmother Saundra Adams will attend Sunday’s Panthers-Ravens game. (Getty Images)
Chancellor Lee Adams, left, and his grandmother Saundra Adams will attend Sunday’s Panthers-Ravens game. (Getty Images)

The Panthers have wiped their hands of the situation since releasing Carruth, but that is changing.

Chancellor Lee Adams, grandmother to attend game

Via Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer, Chancellor Lee and his full-time caregiver, his grandmother Saundra Adams, will attend this Sunday’s Panthers game against the Baltimore Ravens, with lower-bowl tickets, and they’ll also be on the field before the game.

“What a nice gesture by the team!” Saundra Adams told Fowler. “We are both so excited.”

As Fowler wrote, it’s long overdue.

Of course the Panthers did not have anything to do with Cherica Adams’ death, but the franchise has long been in the position to help a child who was born into horrible circumstances.

Longtime Panthers fan facilitated game tickets

Chancellor Lee and Saundra Adams are attending the game on Sunday thanks in large part to longtime Carolina fan Jason Underwood, an original PSL holder with the team. He befriended Saundra after reading a story about her and Chancellor that Fowler wrote in 2015.

“I was determined to get them to a game,” Underwood said.

He made a first attempt to get them to a game last year, even buying tickets, but Chancellor Lee got sick and wasn’t able to attend.

On Sunday, Underwood, Underwood’s teenage son, and the Adamses will sit together for the game.

Riley Fields, the Panthers’ director of community relations, also played a role in getting the Adamses to a game.

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