As much as the entire world loves football, we have to always remember something.
At the end of the day, it is always just a game. Always.
This holds especially true today, as tragic news came out of Kansas City. KCTV5 news is reporting that Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher apparently shot his girlfriend in one location, and then took his own life at the Arrowhead practice facility. The two had a three-month-old daughter. Reports suggest that both head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli were present the moment Belcher shot himself. Both were apparently attempting to talk him out of his actions. Security has placed the Arrowhead practice facility on lock-down.
Belcher was an undrafted rookie who came into the league in 2009 out of Maine. He had been known to always appreciate his time in the NFL, and was thankful for his situation.
The team is scheduled to play the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon, however, there is no way the game should be played. Yes, at the end of the day, it is a business. But, the game should always come secondary, especially during tragic situations such as this. We are just a few days removed from the five-year anniversary of Sean Taylor’s death, and now this happens. Just goes to show that everyone, even professional athletes, are human, and have to deal with everyday problems.
Roger Goodell honestly needs to think about cancelling tomorrow’s contest. There are clearly more important things in life than football.
Belcher was just 25-years old.
We will have more on this situation as the story unfolds. Thoughts and prayers truly go out to Belcher’s family,his girlfriend’s family, as well as the entire Chiefs organization. Remember, football should always come second.