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June 5, 2013

STAIRWAY TO SEVEN: Mike Adams is an example about making good decisions

By Corey J. Corbin
Allied News Sports Columnist

OPINION — ANOTHER OFFSEASON AND another Pittsburgh Steeler in the news for all the wrong reasons.

This time, it was second-year offensive tackle Mike Adams, who was stabbed in the stomach and forearm last weekend during a reported carjacking.

According to police reports, a witness flagged down police around 3 a.m. near Carson Street in Pittsburgh and Adams was found bleeding in a nearby restaurant.

I wish Adams — a Farrell native — all the best and a speedy recovery, but why was he out that late at night?

This is a guy who went to great lengths to convince the Steelers to put him back on their draft board after he tested positive for marijuana usage prior to being drafted.

If his profession was as important to him as he made it seem last spring, Adams would never have put his participation in jeopardy.

Why travel down a path that could get you in trouble for being impaired and making a wrong decision. Fortunately, Adams wasn’t seriously hurt or killed, but he needs to reset his priorities.

I’m not denying the guy a good time — everyone needs to unwind once in a while — but why did he need to be out that late at night?

I was told one time that nothing good happens after midnight.

Maybe someone should have told Adams this.

Granted I tend to be more of a homebody, but when I do go out, I make sure I’m home by 12 a.m. for just this reason.

I’m not saying that he deserved to have a gun waved in his face or be stabbed for being out so late, but being out that late certainly increased the likelyhood of it occurring, especially in some sections of bigger cities.

Yes I get it, Adams didn’t technically do anything wrong in this case other than make a bad decision, but I still find myself placing just a small portion of the blame on him, because he should never have put himself in this situation.

If he had any inkling that he’d be drinking, he needed to leave his truck at home and either walked — I’ve been told he lives within walking distance of Carson Street — or had someone else drive.

His recovery will also set the entire team back since the current offensive line is unfamiliar with each other and need all the reps together they can get to start the transition to being a cohesive unit.

Now, they’ll have to wait until training camp in late July at the earliest to start bonding as a unit.

It also likely costs Adams any chance of ripping the left tackle spot out of Marcus Gilbert’s hands this summer.

Which in the end could cost Adams a lot more than the cost of the truck he was protecting.



Agree, disagree or just want to commnt? Contact Corey at gcsportsguy@yahoo.com.