At 1-10 the Kansas City Chiefs have been enduring a tough season. The trials and tribulations of a disappointing season pale in comparison to what they are dealing with today.
Reports came out of Kansas City this morning that a player and one other person had been shot. The story only gets worse as more details emerge.
The player involved has been identified as linebacker Jovan Belcher. What is known at this time is that Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend at a local house before driving to the Chiefs’ practice facility where he committed suicide in the parking lot.
The Chiefs official website had a feature on Belcher less than two weeks ago to highlight his drive and determination to succeed after coming into the league four years ago as an undrafted free agent.
Today’s sad news just goes to show how difficult it can be to know what someone might be dealing with silently and highlights that the men we cheer (and sometimes boo) are human beings with lives that extend beyond the football field and outside the public eye.
The Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers tomorrow afternoon. There is no word yet on if that game will go on as scheduled.