Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tragedy Strikes KC Chiefs and Beyond

Jovan Belcher in better times

Earlier this morning Kansas Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his 22-year old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins at their home, then drove to the Chiefs' facility and killed himself.

An unfortunate thing about stories like this is the comments people make on various sites. I've already read that people are thinking concussions, steroid involvement, etct; leave that to the professionals.It is way to early to speculate (not that any of us should) on what was the impetus for a violent end to the life of two people, but it's a tragedy that is felt by everyone.  Belcher reportedly argued with team coaches, including head coach Romeo Crennel, and GM Scott Pioli before he took his own life.

I also implore people not to make this into a gun debate right now; give it some time. Right now prayers and well wishes are needed for the families of the deceased (Belcher's girlfriend has not yet been identified) and the Chiefs organization and their fans.

The Chiefs have had more than their share of tragedies over the years. Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas was paralyzed in a 2000 car accident and died weeks later. In 1983, running back Joe Delaney drowned while trying to save three children from drowning.

Belcher, 25, grew up in West Babylon, Long Island and attended the University of Maine.

If it were me, I would, at the very least reschedule the game to Monday night. Preparing and having to play a game tomorrow is way too soon for everyone involved. Hopefully Roger Goodell has similar thoughts

Quick update from KC.com - Belcher and his girlfriend have a 3-month old daughter, who is now left without a parent.  Perkins' (originally reported as Belcher's) mother was reportedly visiting the couple and witnessed the shooting.

Updated 12/1 3 pm ET

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