By now, you’ve heard the awful and disturbing news about Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. On Saturday morning, police have now confirmed that he shot his girlfriend and killer her, before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and killing himself.
Teammates noticed Belcher distraught in his car and notified head coach Romeo Crennel and G.M. Scott Pioli. They went out to talk to him, he thanked them for everything they’ve done for him and then turned the gun on himself.
If that’s not messed up enough, he and his girlfriend had a three-month old baby together. Seriously? Who is going to explain this one? Jesus.
“The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement.
“We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted,” Hunt said. “We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization.”
The description of the scene at Arrowhead as described by police spokesman Darin Snapp is pretty gruesome. He recalls getting a phone call from the Chiefs facility not long after getting a call from Belcher’s mother at the residence.
“The description matched the suspect description from that other address. We kind of knew what we were dealing with,” Snapp said. He said Belcher was “holding a gun to his head” standing in front of the front doors to the team facility.
“And there were Pioli and Crennel and another coach or employee was standing outside and appeared to be talking to him. It appeared they were talking to the suspect,” Snapp said. “The suspect began to walk in the opposite direction of the coaches and the officers and that’s when they heard the gunshot. It appears he took his own life.
“They said the player was actually thanking them for everything they’d done for him,” he said. “They were just talking to him and he was thanking them and everything. That’s when he walked away and shot himself.”
Unbelievable. We’d like to say that we feel sorry for Belcher, but we don’t. At all. You killed a young woman and then left your infant without a mother or father. Asshole.