Saturday, December 01, 2012
NFL LINEBACKER PLAYER SHOOTS GIRLFRIEND DEAD AND KILLS HIMSELF AT ARROWHEAD STADIUM
Jovan Belcher, 25-year-old linebacker player for NFL side Kansas City Chiefs shot his girlfriend early on Saturday morning, then drove to the team's Arrowhead Stadium and turned the gun on himself as two team officials were confronting him, police have said.
There are several unconfirmed media reports that the dead player is Belcher, who is originally from Long Island, New York and his girlfriend had a baby less than three months ago on September 11.
Police spokesman Darin Snapp said authorities received a call from a woman who said her daughter had been shot multiple times at a residence about five miles away from the Arrowhead complex.
Snapp told KCTV5 that a call was then received from the Chiefs' practice facility.
After a confrontation with team personnel, in which they attempted to stop the player from committing additional acts of violence, he shot himself near the front doors of the practice area. Police heard the single gunshot as they arrived at the scene.
According to CBSSports.com, Chiefs Coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli were outside the facility when Belcher took his own life. The player apparently 'thanked both men before taking his life, and that Pioli and Crennel did not feel threatened.'
Belcher had no history of violence according to those who knew him, had a strong relationship with Crennel and the incident has come as a surprise to the organization and many who knew Belcher well.
Belcher grew up on Long Island, New York and played for the Maine Black Bears in college. There, he was named first team All American in the Football Championship Subdivision.
After going undrafted in 2009, Belcher agreed to a free agent contract with the Chiefs. In 2011, he became a starting linebacker for the team. He had started 10 of 11 games at inside linebacker for the Chiefs this season.
The season has been a massive disappointment for the Chiefs, who were expected to contend for the AFC West title.
But they're just 1-10 and mired in an eight-game losing streak that has been marked by devastating injuries and fan upheaval, with constant calls the past few weeks for general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel to be fired.
The Chiefs' scheduled match against the Carolina Panthers will go ahead as planned on Sunday after discussions took place between the NFL, NFL Players' Association, Crennel, team officials and team captains.