Tragedy struck the Georgia Tech community as 21-year-old defensive lineman Brandon Adams died in Atlanta on Saturday after collapsing near the campus.
Adams was reportedly working out and wasn’t feeling well. He allegedly died from an aneurism en route to the hospital.
The 6-foot-2, 325-pounder played in 33 games over three seasons as a Yellow Jacket from 2016-18, recording 41 career tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. The Brentwood, Tennessee, native was a jack of all-trades in high school–a three-sport star at Brentwood Academy (football, wrestling, track and field). He served as the captain for the football and wrestling teams, leading them both to state championships during his senior year.
Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins released a heartfelt statement about his player’s passing:
“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is heartbroken by the news of Brandon’s passing. In the short time that I have had the privilege and honor of knowing Brandon, I admired and respected him, first and foremost as a terrific human being, but also as an outstanding teammate and leader. [My wife] Jennifer and I offer our thoughts, prayers and unconditional support to his parents, Lisa and Reginald, his sister, Rian, and all of his family and friends, especially his brothers in our football program.”
Georgia Tech associate head coach and offensive line coach Brent Key took a different route.
Key seemingly turned the tragedy into a tone-deaf recruiting pitch in a since-deleted Twitter post.
Ending a tribute to someone’s life ending by saying “the future is bright” is either malicious or incredibly stupid, and I’ll give Coach Key the benefit of the doubt and guess this was an uncharacteristic lapse of judgement.
Regardless, Key heard it from all corners of the internet.
Take a timeout, pal.
[h/t Total Pro Sports]