In 2001, the star wide-receiver of the Carolina Panthers Rae Carruth was sentenced to time behind bars after he was convicted of charges related to the murder of Cherica Adams. The 24-year-old was seven months pregnant with his child when he hired a man to murder her.
Shortly after the shooting, he was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder, among others, and soon the 1997 first round draft pick would have his life forever changed. He was sentenced to 18-24 years after being convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child.
Now, 17 years later, Carruth is breaking his silence behind bars with a 15-page letter he sent to WBTV.
"To whom it may concern," the letter began. "I didn't write this letter in an attempt to win anyone over," he wrote. "I have long accepted my lot as a social pariah."
"I wrote this latter and chose to make it public in an effort to openly confront and debunk the lies that Ms. Adam continues to tell about me, knowing full well that in doing so it will only add to the public ire against me," he wrote.
Saundra Adams, Cherica's mother, has been raising Carruth's son Chancellor Lee Adams since the death of her daughter. Now 18-years-old, Carruth is asking for a chance to be in his son's life. But not before using the chance to call her out for her "fabrications" and using the circumstances to garner "a greater amount of public sympathy."
Throughout the 15 pages, he points out her many different ways to "hustle" the situation for her own benefit and even called her yearly interviews "fundraisers." Chancellor has dealt with physical and mental issues since his birth with cerebral palsy.
Carruth brought up several statements Adams made to various news media in the past 17 years and tried to explain his side. From her statements on his relationship with her daughter (who he didn't know anything about outside of a handful of sexual encounters, he says) to her statement that he ended a visitation with his son because news media couldn't get inside.
Towards the end of the letter, he brings up the idea of being part of his son's life. "In recent years you have openly expressed your willingness to allow me to have a relationship with my son," he writes. "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."
He ends the letter with a plea.
"Stop misleading the public about your knowledge of me and the true nature of my relationship with your daughter. Because every time you speak negatively about me, it goes against your claim of forgiveness - especially when what you're saying is untrue."