Jovan Belcher’s Murder-Suicide Raises Questions

It was a sad weekend for NFL fans. The Kansas City Chiefs team franchise struggled with how to acknowledge the Jovan Belcher tragedy on Sunday afternoon’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Belcher was not publicly honored at Arrowhead Stadium. Instead, the Chiefs had a moment of silence for all of those affected by domestic violence before their 27-21 win.

On Saturday morning (Dec. 1), the Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, in front of his mother. He then drove to the Chief’s practice facility in his black 2007 Bentley Continental GT where he killed himself in the parking lot in front of his head coach, Romeo Crennel, and general manager, Scott Pioli.

Belcher and Perkins reportedly had a tumultuous relationship that peaked after the birth of their 3-month old daughter Zoey Michelle. Police said the couple had been fighting leading up to the shooting. Their argument ensued when Perkins had returned home late from a Trey Songz concert on Friday night.

However, the couple’s Facebook and Instragram pages tell another story. Many of their photos show a happy and loving family, including the one here. The murder-suicide was a surprise to all those who new Belcher well. Before being drafted, Belcher attended the University of Maine. At Maine, Belcher joined the anti-violence group Male Athletes Against Violence and graduated with a degree in child development and family relations

“I’m hard-pressed to find or recall a young man who had more of an impact in a positive way on his team-mates and his football family in my time here,” UMaine football coach Jack Cosgrove said Saturday. ”He’s truly one of the great stories in the program’s history,” said his former University of Maine coach Jack Cosgrove.

The cause of this shocking turn to violence is still undetermined, but many are pointing to traumatic brain injury (TBI) as the possible explanation.