Former NFL RB Lawrence Phillips’ Death Ruled Suicide, Had “Do Not Resuscitate” Note
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Lawrence Phillips‘ story is a tragic one. His life was one that seen him overcome many obstacles, but as his success grew it appeared to only fuel the trauma in his life.
A coroner has determined that former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL running back Lawrence Phillips’ hanging death in prison is being ruled as a suicide. Reportedly, when prison officials found him in his cell he had a “Do Not Resuscitate” note tape to his chest.
The former stand-out running back was found dead in his jail cell on January 13th earlier this year with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck that was secured to a TV shelf, according to the Omaha World-Herald who cited the coroner’s report.
At 11:35 p.m. on January 12, 2016, a guard checked Phillips’ cell and found nothing wrong, but when he came back around after midnight he discovered a towel over the window of his cell in the segregation unit.
Upon taking the towel down, he found Phillips hanging in a seated position with the sheet wrapped around his neck.
The guard reportedly gave Phillips CPR, but was not able to revive the former star athlete. Phillips was taken to the triage unit of the prison and then taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
He was 40-years-old.
According to many reports Phillips’ family, friends and supporters have questioned if he killed himself and the family had planned to “seek an independent civil right investigation into his death.”
Dan Chamberlain, Phillips’ family attorney, revealed that a racially charged note was found in his sock and that it was not consistent with Lawrence Phillips’ handwriting.
“Did you hear the one about the football player who hung himself from the TV mount in his cell,” the message on one side of the note reportedly read. “What’s the black person do. They should just die,” it added on the other side.
Hours before Phillips’ death, a judge found that there was enough evidence for Phillips to stand trial for the death of Damion Soward, a cellmate that was found strangled to death in April of 2015.
I don’t know BOSSes.
The fact that the prison is not speaking on the note found in his sock, especially in light that Phillips was in a segregation unit and the only people with access to his cell would be correctional officers throws up a lot of red flags for me.
“Do Not Resuscitate” just does not constitute a suicide note to me.
It seems like it is more in the interest of the prison to have his death ruled as a suicide – but, I could be wrong.
Leading up to his death, a series of notes from Phillips were published describing the horrific treatment and conditions he was facing behind bars, which included being harassed and attacked by prison gangs for not choosing affiliation.
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