Jovan Belcher: Making Sense Of A Senseless Act


It is a terrible morning in Kansas City.

Yesterday, when the news that something was happening at Arrowhead, we were scrambling to compile as  much information for you all as possible. From that point on I was working for hours doing various posts around the site. It wasn’t until later that I had time to sit down and really let the reality of what happened yesterday sink in.

Looking at the pictures of Jovan and his victim, Kasandra Perkins, it is hard to imagine that what happened yesterday is real. Looking at pictures of Jovan, Kasandra and their three-month old daughter, it makes your stomach turn.

There are so many people hurting from this right now. I can’t imagine what this must be like for Scott Piol, Romeo Crennel and the other team personnel that witnessed Belcher’s suicide. They will likely never be the same again.

For the players, they’re forced to simultaneously reconcile the death of a teammate and friend while also trying to understand how he could do such a terrible thing.

Then there is the child who will grow up knowing the reason she has no parents is because her father killed her mother and then himself.

As if today wasn’t difficult enough for everyone involved, the Chiefs will play a football game today against the Carolina Panthers. We are likely to see one of the most charged atmospheres in the history of Arrowhead Stadium.  While I think we could all care less about football considering what happened, I suppose all we can hope for is that today is the beginning of the healing process for all involved.

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  • Lyle Graversen

    It really is unreal. It’s hard to know how to feel. I don’t know how I am supposed to feel if some fans bring “RIP #59″ signs to the game. I know he’s a fallen Chief, but the guy murdered someone, so I’m not sure he deserves to be honored. I hope if the Chiefs do a moment of silence it’s for the victims and their loved ones, not Belcher. I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel if Romeo makes another horrible coaching decision in the game today. I’m as frustrated by this season as anyone, but if the Chiefs do something stupid in the game today I hope fans don’t boo them, not today. I hope if they are getting blown out fans don’t leave early and Arrowhead is empty again by the end of the game, not today. The Chiefs the football team deserve those things, the Chiefs as a group of human beings that have gone through an unimaginable tragedy deserve our support. I don’t know if anything would make me more proud to be a KC fan than if the Chiefs got blown out today and at the end of the game the stands were still full of fans giving their team a standing ovation in support.

  • ladner morse

    I don’t know how I’m “supposed” to feel as a fan. However, having experienced tragedy in my life before, I understand that this an appropriate place for many of us to be right now… “not knowing how to feel.”

    For those who are closer to the situation, those vague and stunned feelings are magnified. The victim, Kasandra Perkins, was Jamaal Charles’ wife’s cousin and they introduced the two. So, this is all-in-the-family and the inner-circle of those hit by the tragedy… is wider than first appearance.

    I know that there are those who don’t support the game being postponed today however, I do. Football is entertainment. Life and death issues– to me– supersede the need to be amused for a few hours. If the game is put off until Monday night it would help the Chiefs family and Kansas City community at large to take 48 hours to deal with their suffering and THEN pull together and get on with life’s most necessary tasks. Either way… we will all continue to grieve but, there is a more appropriate time and place for that grieving, and that should be now, instead of watching men frolicking on the Arrowhead lawn. No “game” will substitute for the real sorrow that must be acknowledged for each of us at a time like this.

    Whether we agree about the game being played now or later… my heart goes out to all of you who are suffering. I wholeheartedly support what Chiefs Guard Jeff Allen has said, “Always show love and never be afraid to talk.” I especially support the part of his statement that says, “never be afraid to talk.” Isn’t that a great way to “always show love?”

    I’m here if anyone wants to chat.

    Continue to take honor in being part of the Chiefs nation. I do.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Well said.

  • Kansas_City

    I think there is too much attention on this. Belchar, presumably due to unknown demons in his head, murdered his girlfriend and mother of his child. Then, apparently in some recognition of his evil, he thanked the guys who gave him an NFL chance, but then killed himself in front of those persons. There is no reason to mourn Belchar other than if he was mentally ill. I realize the attention is unavoidable, but I think the sooner we move on, the better. I assume the Chiefs will lose today. This will have little effect. And next week it will be forgotten and the Chiefs will proceed to lose most of the rest of our games.

    • TAZMOSIS

      You are certainly entitled to your opinion, although I am not sure it is shared by very many others. How much attention is too much? A day , a week?. How about ’till the draft? People will “move on” at their own pace. As far as Belcher is concerned, I have no compassion for him. He will, in my mind, be remembered as a murderer. Had he not been in a high profile position and a pro athlete, he would just be another of the over 1000 murder/suicide perpetrators in this country.

      • Kansas_City

        Sounds like you already have moved on.

        • TAZMOSIS

          Not yet. But, I suspect that by mid-week, I will be looking at this tragedy and still be wondering why Belcher decided to end the life of Kasandra Perkins as well as his own. If he did not want to live, I would say that she and their 3 month old infant would have a different opinion. I have read where there is somewhere between 1000 and 1500 people that die of these terrible acts every year in the US. And for him to do this in front of his own mother, there must have been, as you said, some “unknown demons” inside of him. ESPN reported today that there have been 9 suicides by former NFL players since 2010, this being the only murder/suicide. If these figures were extrapolated out amongst the general population, the numbers would be staggering, and considered an epidemic. Do we know if it had to do with lifestyle, maybe head trauma? Or was it just the diabolical act of one deranged individual? I choose the latter.

    • Jim Harper

      I never cease to be surprised at how many people can be so insensitive to the pain of others. I have no idea what happened to make Jovan go over the edge, and despite your know it all attitude, you don’t know either. This tragedy will last far longer than one week for most people and a lifetime for some so I find your flippant words very offensive.