In news of the most surreal circumstances coming out of the Kansas City Chiefs organization, my deepest sympathies and prayers go out to all families, friends, co-workers and anyone who was touched by the murder of his girlfriend and apparent suicide of LB Javon Belcher. As all avenues begin to spread the details from all angles, the most important thing to realize is that the world lost a talented individual that will not have the opportunity to raise his child, or be a son, brother or friend.
As a fan of the Denver Broncos and devoted member of Broncos Country, I can say that the organization from Pat Bowlen down to every fan feels the pain now endured by each and every member of the Chiefs. In 2010, the Broncos lost one of their own, WR Kenny McKinley, to a suicide. In 2007, the Broncos also lost CB Darrent Williams, who was killed in a drive-by shooting, and RB Damien Nash, who collapsed and died after a charity basketball game.
These instances, whether planned or accidental, are never expected by those around the victims. If the circumstances are true and the young Belcher did indeed kill himself in front of a coach and GM outside their facility at Arrowhead Stadium, then the NFL must seriously consider stopping tomorrow’s contest between the Chiefs and Carolina Panthers. With both teams vying for nothing but a draft pick, give both teams a tie and allow this organization to take a few days to heal and get past this terrible ordeal.
When McKinley died, it was on a Monday, almost a full week before the Broncos had to play a game. The Chiefs deserve some time and the NFL needs to give it to them.
This is such a tragedy, and the one most affected later in life will be the child that Belcher had with his girlfriend. That child will not be able to know their mother or father the natural way they should. My condolences go out to the Belcher family and the Chiefs, and I truly hope that Roger Goodell and the NFL will be smart and come up with the right answer for all involved.
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