Bucs' Embree met with son of ex-Panther Rae Carruth
A special bond has been forged between Bucs assistant Jon Embree and Chancellor Lee, the son of former Panthers receiver Rae Carruth, and the two spent time together Sunday night before the Bucs' game Monday night at Carolina.
Lee and his grandmother, Saundra Adams, had been invited to attend Monday's game as a guest of Embree and the Bucs, but declined because it was on a school night, according to the team. Embree coached Carruth at Colorado and has reached out to build a friendship with Lee, who was born in 1999, his mother Cherica Adams shot and killed in a crime that would send his father to prison.
Carruth, a first-round draft pick of the Panthers in 1997, has been in prison since 2001, convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and other charges related to the shooting death of Adams, who was eight months pregnant with Lee when she was shot four times. Lee was born 10 weeks premature, with cerebral palsy and other issues because he was deprived of oxygen for more than an hour before he was delivered via emergency Cesarean section.
"I'm glad God brought somebody in my life who has influence," Lee's grandmother told the Orlando Sentinel last week. "Chancellor looks up to (Embree), maybe not like (a) dad, but a close uncle."
Here's the full story from the Sentinel on the bond Embree has forged with Lee in recent years.