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A few misguided fans tried to buy custom Rae Carruth jerseys. NFL shut them down.

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A look inside one of Charlotte’s most notorious murders. In 1999, NFL rising star Rae Carruth conspired and executed a plot to have his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams murdered.
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A look inside one of Charlotte’s most notorious murders. In 1999, NFL rising star Rae Carruth conspired and executed a plot to have his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams murdered.

Former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth was released from prison Monday morning, and apparently a few misguided fans tried to celebrate by creating a custom Carruth jersey on the NFL’s official shopping site.

The league quickly blocked any attempt to do so.

Former Carolina Panther wide Rae Carruth was released from prison Oct. 22, 2018, after serving almost 19 years for conspiring to kill Cherica Adams. Adams was pregnant with Carruth's son Chancellor Lee at the time of the murder.

If you try to create a jersey with Carruth’s name on the back, you will get an error message:

“We are unable to customize this item with the text you have entered. Please try a different entry.”

Carruth, 44, was a first-round draft pick of the Panthers in 1997. In January 2001, a Charlotte jury convicted him of conspiring to murder his eight-months-pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. Adams was shot four times inside her car on Nov. 16, 1999.

Adams died of her wounds about a month later, but her child was delivered by cesarean section on the night of the shooting. Chancellor Lee Adams, who is disabled, turns 19 next month.

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The NFL has banned fans from making custom jerseys with former Panther Rae Carruth’s name on them NFLshop.com screenshot

TMZ initially broke news of the league blocking a Carruth custom jersey, which continues a policy of not allowing controversial figures’ names to be planted on a jersey, including a No. 81 Patriots jersey with Aaron Hernandez’s name or No. 32 Bills jersey with OJ Simpson’s name on it.

The Carruth ban, however, appears a bit different. Given the unusual last name, the league appears to have banned it being placed on any uniform for any number.

Saundra Adams, the mother of Rae Carruth’s late girlfriend, talks about how she’s forgiven the men who killed her daughter. People close to the case are preparing for Carruth’s release on October 22, 2018.

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