The family of Noah R. Green, a former college football player at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, appears to be laying the groundwork that Green rammed his car into Capitol Hill officers, killing one, due to head injuries. Green, 25, was shot and killed after he got out of his car with a knife and lunged at officers in the Friday attack.
The incident hasn’t been classified as domestic terrorism and, in a statement to the Washington Post, the family says Noah’s mental health struggles could be related to football head injuries he sustained as a defensive back. Green was “not a terrorist by any means,” his family told the Post.
In a text Green reportedly sent to his brother on Thursday, the former football player seemed to indicate something bad was about to happen. “‘I’m sorry but I’m just going to go and live and be homeless,’” Green told his brother, according to the Washington Post.
“Thank you for everything that you’ve done. I looked up to you when I was a kid. You inspired me a lot.”
A day later, officer William Evans was killed and another officer was injured as Noah Green plowed into them.
There are other incidents besides the football head injuries that tell us something was definitely up with Green:
• In 2019, he accused teammates of drugging him with Xanax, then claimed the incident made him a drug addict which then led to Green telling his brother drugs inspired him to move from Virginia to Indianapolis.
• In early 2021, Green up and moved to Botswana where he reportedly jumped in front of a car before moving back to Virginia.
• He listed himself as a “Follower of Farrakhan” on Facebook, which wouldn’t necessarily predetermine that he would plow into cops, but according to the New York Times, investigators believe Green’s mental state combined with the ideological element could’ve been the perfect cocktail to cause violence.
Green, who listed Malcolm X as the person in history he’d most like to meet on his Christopher Newport University football bio, wrote a disturbing message on Facebook two weeks before the attack.
“I was on the right track and everything I had planned was coming into existence. It required long hours, lots of studying, and exercise to keep me balanced while experiencing an array of concerning symptoms along the path (I believe to be side effects of drugs I was intaking unknowingly),” he wrote using Brother Noah X as his signature.
“However, the path has been thwarted, as Allah (God) has chosen me for other things. Throughout life I have set goals, attained them, set higher ones, and then been required to sacrifice those things.”
William Evans, a father of two, was an 18-year veteran of the Capitol Hill police.