Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Demise Of Adam Muema

Adam Muema, the embattled former San Diego State running back, and current NFL hopeful has garnered a lot of attention lately. Unfortunately, the attention is not for his football abilities, but rather for his bizarre behavior off the field. Let's rewind, shall we?

Muema has been an integral part of the Aztecs' offense the last two seasons, posting consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, with 36 career touchdowns. He decided to forgo his senior season at SDSU, choosing to pursue a career in the NFL instead.

I really thought Muema had a chance to be a solid pro, but he really needed to stay in school. Several online draft publications echoed that sentiment. Muema was invited to the combine -- a fairly certain sign that he would be drafted at some point. Then the combine came.

Muema left the NFL combine before participating in any workouts or drills. He cited the reason for leaving was because "God told him to go." Muema was not the first athlete to proclaim divine intervention while making an importnat decision, but he is the first to walk away from the combine, because of the man upstairs.

Muema has since exhibited in behavior that only be described as bizarre. He declared that he will play for the Seattle Seahawks, because "God said he would play for Seattle," if he chose not to work out. In an article for Yahoo! Sports, Sam Cooper reported other strange behavior, such as: Muema crashing at the Indianapolis airport for three days, still dressed in workout clothes from the combine. The article also cites Muema's profound beliefs in numerology.

As the days have gone on, Muema has been very active on Twitter. He has proclaimed that he is a prophet, and has proclaimed that the end of the world is near. Muema's prediction has also led to his proclamation that he will not play football this season. Muema has also tweeted adulation for "Lord Ray-El," who proclaims to be the second coming of Jesus Christ.

I admit I know nothing of the kind of person that Muema is. I enjoyed watching him play and hoped he would follow former Aztec great Ronnie Hillman into the NFL. It seems as of now, Muema's chances of ever playing in the NFL are dwindling with each passing day.

From the outside looking in, it seems like Muema is suffering from some mental issues. As someone who has battled anxiety and depression, there is no reason to poke fun or crack jokes. Muema is a young man who clearly needs help. Hopefully he finds it before it is too late.

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