On December 1 2012 we all learned that Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had taken his girlfriend’s life and then his own. At the time little was known about the incident, but since then more and more has come out about the event.
It was well documented that Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins had a rocky relationship. According to family members and friends they argued a lot. Early Saturday morning on the 1st is when the disaster took place. Belcher and Perkins argued again and it resulted in Belcher killing Perkins at the house. That would be the last time Belcher saw his daughter Zoey as he would drive to the famous Arrowhead Stadium and take his own life.
It is still unknown exactly why he did what he did. Rumors have circulated that there was foul play in the relationship. The Chiefs decided to play their game the very next day against the Carolina Panthers. They won the game 27-21. I absolutely agree with the Chiefs’ decision to play the game. Should a game be cancelled because of one person and his crime? I think not. The Chiefs showed courage and determination to keep playing.
Now it’s been revealed that Belcher had a blood alcohol level of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit at the time of his autopsy. Belcher released all of his anger with two separate hand guns. He shot Perkins nine times to death in front of her mother. A separate hand gun was used for his suicide. Blame fingers are being pointed around in every direction, but an incident like this is unavoidable for a football team. The Chiefs have no control over a man once he leaves the facility. The Chiefs can’t be the players babysitters.