Last week, the three men accused of stabbing Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Mike Adams last summer were found not guilty of attempted murder as the defense attorneys managed to convince the jury that the former second-round draft pick’s version of what transpired early that morning wasn’t without question. While the jury might not have shown confidence in Adams’ side of the story, general manager Kevin Colbert said on Monday that he still has confidence in him as a player.
“I’ll say one thing, I’m just glad Mike Adams is a Steeler,” said Colbert to close out the pre draft press conference when asked if anything that happened during the trial in any way affected his standing with the organization.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin also gave the one word answer of, “no” in addition.
Adams was accused by the defense attorneys during the trial of being drunk and instigating the incident after bumping into one of the three men, causing him to drop his food.
Adams did admit to drinking that night during the trial and the defense convinced the jury that the Ohio State product had legitimate reasons to lie about the chain of events that led to him being stabbed in order to keep him in good graces with the Steelers because of his previous off-the-field problems that he had prior to being drafted.
It makes sense for Colbert to publicly stand behind his player and now it’s up to Adams to put the past behind and move forward with his career. 2014 is a very important season for Adams, who was benched last season after just four games after not playing well as the starting left tackle.
With new offensive line coach Mike Munchak now in Pittsburgh, Adams will be expected to make a huge strides this season in order to show the organization that he was worthy of taking a chance on.