Disclaimer: This write up of today’s events in Kansas City is most likely different than what you have read to this point. If I offend you with my thoughts and angle on the matter, by all means do not read. What happened today was a horrific tragedy but not for the reasons that most want to talk about. If you understand what is really important, then by all means read on.
It was reported Saturday morning that Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had murdered his girlfiend, a 22-year-old named Kasandra M. Perkins. Very little is known of Ms. Perkins other than that she was a college student, and she is survived by a 3-month-old daughter.
There is much speculation about what caused Belcher to shoot Perkins several times at his home this morning, from an argument that escalated after attending a concert the night before, to an argument that had been ongoing stemming from a potential affair. Regardless of the cause, any time a person is murdered in cold blood and an infant is left an orphan because of it, even the most jaded person must take pause and reflect for a moment.
My thoughts and prayers are with that little baby girl and whoever is put in charge of her care from this point forward now that she has been orphaned by the actions of Belcher. I wish her and her caregivers all the best, and they will survive this, because that’s what people do.
So, if you’ve made it this far I hope you understand my point. I was infurated today as I read Tweets, Facebook posts, and articles about the thoughts and prayer for the Chiefs organization and all this discussion about Belcher and what happened to him, and Sunday’s game. The fact that people are more concerned if 2 terrible teams are going to play football on Sunday and are more interested in The NFL’s reaction to the events really doesn’t instill hope in me for mankind. Our priorities of this reality TV society we have become are troubling to my sensibilities.
Belcher was a coward and a murderer. Nothing more, nothing less really. Certainly no one to honor or pay tribute to at the expense of the victims in these events. The only focus of these events should be a 3-month-old baby who is somewhere right now, probably wondering where her mommy and daddy are, but because of an act of cowardice, she won’t ever get the answer she wants.