Report: Belcher Thanked Romeo Crennel, Scott Pioli Before Taking Life

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher confronted Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium before shooting himself, ending his life.

From La Canfora, via Twitter:

KCPD Officer Darin Snapp confirms GM Scott Pioli and Coach Romeo Crennel were outside team facility at the time Chiefs player killed himself

KCPD say the player thanked both men before taking his life, and that Pioli and Crennel did not feel threatened. KCPD not revealing identity

As of right now we are hearing that the NFL has told the Carolina Panthers to continue their scheduled travel plans to Kansas City. Football is obviously secondary at this point. It is hard to imagine the game actually being played. Hopefully the the NFL will come to their senses and postpone the game or cancel it all together.

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  • Chiefswatch

    Holy hell. This is one of the most tragic stories I have ever heard. What can be going through the minds of Pioli, Crennel, and whoever what was there I cannot imagine. I pray for them and the family of belcher and his unfortunate girl friend. So unbelievably sad.

  • Joshua Staggs

    that last sentence is an ignorant one. many players find comfort in the game. that may be their coping mechanism. not only that, but canceling the game would only bring more negative attention to kansas city.

    • sbeeson

      Agreed. It will be an emotional game, but I think the players and friends sitting at home NOT playing would be worse for them. I already had tickets and don’t mind if they do cancel, but I’m not sure it’s the best decision for the people close to the situation.

    • Patrick Allen

      The last sentence is my opinion. I am of the opinion that the NFL should allow time for the players and fans to do with an upsetting situation.

      • Joshua Staggs

        the decision to continue was made after consulting with the chiefs. It shouldn’t be the NFL’s decision. Your statement is putting the NFL at responsibility for whether the game is played or not. If the game is played because the Chiefs want to play it anyone reading the article will immediately blame the NFL without knowledge that it was the Chiefs’ decision.

        • ArrowFan

          Placing the responsibility of the decision on the NFL is the absolute thing to do in this situation. Besides I don’t think the Chiefs even under the situation can just decide to not play on their own.

  • ArrowFan

    This puts a 1-10 season in perspective doesn’t it

    • Gene Yuknis

      yes it does arrowfan, like myself, i gave up on this team and was totally disgusted with this season, however, who cares about thier record any more