A video of US-based former celebrated Kenyan rugby star, Daniel Adongo has left Kenyans online in shock.
Adongo, 30, made history as the first Kenyan and African to play in America’s National Football League (NFL) in 2013.
A video clip shared on social media shows the former Indianapolis Colts player in an unkempt state, smoking what appears like marijuana, and wearing multiple rings over his nose.
Reports indicate Adongo is broke, homeless, and living a miserable life in the US a few years after he left the NFL.
In October 2015, a woman filed a police report saying she was afraid of Adongo and did not want him to return to their house.
Adongo went to Fishers Police Department in Indiana where the lady reported the incident and promised not to stay in the house that evening.
He also swore to end his relationship with the woman, who told police that arguments had occurred between them over the past several months.
The accusations cost Adongo, a former linebacker, playing time at the Colts. The team waived him one week after a second police call on December 10th, 2015.
Prior to joining the Colts, Adongo played professional rugby in South Africa and New Zealand between 2011 and 2013.
Here are some reactions from Kenyans online:
@agundarachel said: “Domestic violence majuu is not taken lightly especially if you’re a foreigner and black for that matter. I think that’s where Daniel Adongo problems started. The guy needs help.”
@okamaster_wrote: “Looking at Daniel Adongo's current predicament and it be like that sometimes. All you ever worked for can go down the drain in a heart beat. Let's pray he gets the help that he so desperately needs.”
@hvmsternotnice said: “After passing by Daniel Adongo’s page, he actually needs help😔Na wasee tuache hard drugs👌🏾.”
@geraldngaopk noted: “I have watched that clip of rugby maestro Daniel Adongo and all I can say is tuwache mihadarati. 😢 💔.”
@KingsleyTaabu noted: “What happened to Daniel Adongo really breaks my heart. I don’t believe he did all that to himself. I believe CTE might be the cause, especially since he was involved in two contact sports. It’s really sad. The man needs help.”
@Kenyans__tweeted: “Daniel Adongo together with a million other Kenyans in our neighborhood need urgent help. We're losing a whole generation into depression and drug addition.”
@living_huru stated: “Daniel Adongo is proof mental health is just as important as physical health. I hope he gets the help he needs.”