Jovan Belcher’s Mother Suing Kansas City Chiefs For Wrongful Death

December 01, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs players arrive at the Kansas City Chiefs Practice Facility the morning that Chiefs player Javon Belcher (not pictured) committed a murder and suicide. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

In case you haven’t heard, there’s something going on with the Kansas City Chiefs to distract them from the playoffs. I’m sure it wasn’t designed that way, but that’s what’s happening. I’m sure the players aren’t too distracted, and I’m sure the coaching staff could give “two rips,” but the story is there nonetheless.

Cheryl Shepherd, mother of former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, has filed a lawsuit against the Kansas City Chiefs for “wrongful death” suit.

I don’t need to go into great detail, I’m sure, as just about every Addict will always remember the day December 1, 2012. It was the exclamation point to a horrible season, but it wasn’t anything having to do with football. Belcher, apparently distraught and upset, shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins nine times before driving to the Chiefs training facility and ending his life with a single gun shot to the head in front of then head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.

It was a horrible day. Not only were two lives taken, but an infant girl was orphaned. It was a tragedy beyond description.

Now, Shepherd says the Chiefs are to blame because they didn’t treat his concussions and inform him of the risks of playing football. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

Oct 26, 2013; London, United Kingdom; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is interviewed by media at the Commissioners Fan Forum at the Landmark Hotel in advance of the International Series game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

I have vocally opposed the “weakening of the sport” as I’ve seen it over the past ten years. The game we once loved filled with bone-jarring hits has really gone to the way side. Never again will we see a guy like Ronnie Lott lining up a receiver coming across the middle of the field, only to “tee him up” and try to take his head off. It’s just not the game any more. The NFL, led by commissioner Roger Goodell has made “player safety” his number one priority and done away with things like that.

So what’s my point?

I don’t think the Belcher tragedy was caused as much by head trauma and untreated concussions as it was by a “thug-life” culture and the ease to turn to violence.

Before we go any further, I’ll tell you this won’t be a Bob Costas-esque rant on gun control and the evils of owning a firearm. What I will tell you is that while chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE is very real and affects everyone from professional athletes to military personnel who survive improvised explosive device attacks, I think using it as an end-all, be-all excuse for why bad things happen is irresponsible and flat out wrong.

Going back to the players of old, in the days before collective bargaining agreements and so-called “player safety” rules, there were a lot of concussions and head injuries.

Aug 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former NFL player Joe Montana and his wife Jennifer look on from the stands before the debut game of their son Tulane Green Wave quarterback Nick Montana (not pictured) as he makes his first start against the Jackson State Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Hall of Fame San Francisco 49ers and Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana suffered a total of eight concussions during his storied career. Eight. Never once did we hear about Joe beating his wife Jennifer or picking up a gun and shooting her nine times. The guy who replaced Montana in the City by the Bay had seven diagnosed concussions during his career and he appears well enough to talk football every Monday as part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football team.

Why didn’t these guys take a gun and shoot their wives or girlfriends or baby mommas? If concussions and head trauma are the causes of all the evil in the world, why didn’t these guy who have repeatedly been hit in the head, and suffered the injuries to prove it, done evil things?

I’ll tell you why. Because they’re not evil people.

Does that mean I think Belcher was an evil person? That’s not what I’m saying necessarily, but a bump on the head or not, people don’t just go pick up a gun and start killing people. The seed for that has to already be there.

Belcher had a violent past. Didn’t know that? I hadn’t really heard it reported much either. It seemed nobody wanted to “speak ill of the dead.” I can respect that, but I also think people should have the whole story to be able to make up their minds.

But it’s been a year, so I’ll say it now. Belcher had a violent past. He was particularly violent when it came to women.

Multiple sources have reported on a 2006 incident at the University of Maine where Belcher played his college football involving the late linebacker and a window. More precisely, Belcher nearly lost his thumb when he put his hand through the window over a fight with a girlfriend. Doesn’t quite sound like the man described by his mother who is blaming the murder suicide wholly on football and the Kansas City Chiefs.

There were two other incidents in Belcher’s early life that involved women and violence leading up to last December 1st. And that’s my point.

You can get a concussion and it can do things to you. As I said earlier, I’m not discounting CTE or the effects it has on the human brain. But it’s not mind control and this isn’t a Hollywood movie. CTE doesn’t unlock a whole different personality. It’s not the key to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The propensity for violence has to be there.

Chris-Benoit-5-1It’s why people with CTE who kill others and/or themselves do it. It’s why WWE Superstar Chris Benoit killed his son and his wife and then himself. Do you think he wasn’t a violent person? How about Junior Seau, the late San Diego Chargers linebacker who killed himself in May of 2012? Chiefs fans know all too well how violent that man could be.

Montana and Young haven’t killed their wives because they’re not

August 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher (59) looks on in the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

August 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher (59) looks on in the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

violent people. Countless others haven’t done it because they’re not violent people. Does CTE exist? Absolutely it does and it’s a terrible thing, that when recognized should be treated to prevent further brain trauma. However, as Cheryl Sheppard indicates in her suit, it’s not the reason Jovan Belcher took Kassandra Perkins’ and his own life last December.

There is nobody to blame for that but Jovan Belcher.

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  • UsnCapt2003

    Thank you Jason for nailing this right on point. It is a travesty what people can sue for and to blame someone else instead of looking in the mirror.

    I hope when and if I get deployed that when I return this case is thrown out

  • Canad-Ian

    Chris Benoit is from my home town and some F’d up people here still want him in the WWE HOF.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Was Chris Benoit a product of “thug life”?

      • kcpauly

        pretty much sounds like it huh?
        Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!

        • Stefanie Smith

          He took steroids and blew a head fuse. So steroid use equates to “thug life”. Bear with me. I am learning here.

          • kcpauly

            well pick it up huh? LOL
            Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Deadmeat

            Yes it does. I have watch my brother abuse steroids for years, about 12 years. He looks like a giant caveman now. He can’t control his temper, but yet has a clean criminal record. That’s only because he gets a good lawyer, when he hurts someone. I truly believe steroids changes people, for the worse. I will always consider people like him a thug.

      • Jason Seibel

        Maybe not in the sense that you’re using it, but he was a very violent individual before he got hit in the head.

  • toperspective

    Strictly a money play. Lost her meal ticket. Sad nonetheless.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Someone has a child to raise until she is an adult and/or out of college. Yes, it is about money and familial loss. Nothing shameful about that.

      • Ryan Soren

        Maybe she should get off her ass and get a job like everyone else that raises a child. Why should she get another chance, she’s already brought up one child and look what he did- took the life of an innocent woman and committed suicide and left a little girl parent less!!! He wasn’t thinking about anyone but himself, just as she is! She wants to sue so she doesn’t have to work to pay to raise that little girl!!!! If she can’t afford to raise that girl she shouldn’t have offered to raise her!!! I have no sympathy for her, she raised a murderer and really doesn’t deserve to raise a girl in the same environment!!!!! It’s sad to see how greedy ppl are!! I hope she looses!

        • toperspective

          I saw something where she gave up custody of the child. Not sure if that is still the case but if so it explains the lawsuit because the money is going to the child and not Jovan’s mother.

      • toperspective

        She is already getting millions from the CBA for Zoey.

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          No she isn’t. As I recall, the girl ended up with another family member. The money is in a trust.

          • Dfrey87

            We understand the effects that this CTE can have on a person but to say that is definitively why he did what he did is completely ridiculous. I am not saying it did or did not have some effect on Belcher or others for that matter but to say that was the sole cause of what happens is completely irresponsible. The fact of the matter is though even if it did have an effect on him, how are the Chiefs responsible for it? Did they make him choose this career path? Is there honestly anyone on here gone sit here and tell me they had no idea football causes brain damage or long lasting negative effects? I don’t even understand how his Mother could even attempt to claim ignorance. I guarantee she had to sign a waiver, that states the possible effects of football, when Belcher was a minor. These are grown men that chose this career, they know what can happen. No one is responsible but themselves. It is very sad his own mother would use this tragedy, where her son murdered an innocent woman than killed himself as a ploy for money. I guess her money train is gone so she has to make up for it some how.

      • Dfrey87

        First off, she isn’t even easing the kid anymore. Secondly, they were both adults, he had been playing football for over half his life and before he was an adult his mom had to sign a release/waiver for him to play. Said release/waiver stars possible effect of playing football including head injuries. So how is thi the Chiefs fault? Your telling me he had no idea brain damage could happen? Your telling me the Chiefs made him choose to play? He had no choice in the matter? Yes there is something wrong with a so called mother, using the tragedy of her son murdering an innocent woman to get money. Claiming they had no idea that football could cause brain damage. You honestly believe that this is the Chiefs fault and they had no idea what could happen to him and the Chiefs forced him to play?

  • 6is9

    I smell a slimy lawyer.

  • Angel

    Dude, you killed it!! Hahah nice. “Bob Costas rant” lol. I still think of that rant and get pissed off. Like, fk your opinion Costas. Overall interesting and great article. The attorney should just have all the jurors read this article to shut that hoe up

    • Stefanie Smith

      That “hoe” is that child’s grandmother. Why call her that?

      • kcpauly

        because she obviously is… get over yourself
        Go Chiefs!!!!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Please do no use derogatory language about women on this website.

      • kcpauly

        Ya just Raiders, Broncos, and Chargers, c’mon Angel tis tis tis
        Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!

  • michael carey

    Not trying to take away from the article, but the mother’s name is Shepherd.

    • Jason Seibel

      Fixed. Thanks for the heads up. My bad on the misspelling.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    As a fan of the NFL, I think we tend not to think about the material effects of such a violent game. None of us ever really want to hear about the consequences of long-term trauma on the brain. There’s far too much smoke to this fire at this point though. It’s time to take a real look at the role this game plays on the degenerative conditions players deal with after the NFL. We tend to forget the NFL has a vested interest in downplaying the ramifications of serious head trauma.

    I’m not an apologist for Belcher’s mom. I’m a layman and can’t pretend to know if this did or didn’t play a role in the tragedy that took place last season. I just think there’s more to this than some of us (present company included) are willing to admit.

    • Jason Seibel

      The effects of CTE are well documented and the medical community is still learning about them. But all I’m saying is to say that getting hit in the head was the reason Belcher killed the girl and himself is wrong. People don’t just pick up guns and start killing people. There has to be that seed of violence already there. It doesn’t turn you into something you’re not. That’s all I’m saying.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Belcher had no criminal record and punching a window doesn’t constitute a “propensity for violence.” More importantly, CTE has a host of effects that could easily alter an otherwise peaceful person. Among them? Paranoia, unpredictable mood swings, impaired judgment, depression, impulse control problems, and aggression.

        Again, I don’t know that CTE created what happened that day. I’m simply saying it’s time to look deeper into this and to acknowledge the very real effects serious head trauma has on these players.

        • Jason Seibel

          One doesn’t necessarily need a criminal record in order to be violent. From what I read, he already had impulse control issues and violent tendencies before this happened.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I tend to agree that one can be violent without a criminal record, but I also think that makes “a propensity for violence” much tougher to establish. Belcher never had a violent reputation prior to the tragedy. That simply wasn’t the narrative then.

          • Jason Seibel

            “That simply wasn’t the narrative then.” B

            Because he wasn’t violent or because nobody wanted to talk about it?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Your guess is as good as mine. Where’s the evidence that he had a violent past though? Punching a window doesn’t exactly make that case.

          • Jason Seibel

            In just quickly doing a Google search I turned up a couple of articles talking about three separate incidents (all involving girls) where Belcher was violent or showed violent tenancies.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            All I came up with were the window incident (none of the reports I’ve read suggest she was even there at the time) and an argument. That hardly constitutes “violent thug.”

            And again, none these reports came to light prior to that fateful day.

        • superman_25_58

          How long has he played in the NFL? 4 years! Way less time than all these other players who are going after the NFL for CTE. How come she isn’t going after the NCAA and or the high school he played for? Easy this is just a get rich quick scheme that should be laughed at bc he played football a lot longer in college and high school combined than he played in the NFL. Give me a break and take this shit some where else.

        • castingstones2

          You are wrong. It does set up a propensity for violence because there was more than one incident. He probably didn’t have a record b/c as we know, the school helped to take care of it so he could play for the NFL. Look at Hernandez, perhaps if he gets convicted he can blame it on CTE, too.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            If having an argument with a woman makes for a propensity for violence, well, I’ve been violent my entire dating life. I can’t think of one woman I was ever serious about that I didn’t also have an argument with.

            You cannot argue facts with speculation. Belcher did not have a criminal record. That’s a fact. The idea that the school helped him avoid domestic violence charges is pure speculation. You haven’t a shred of evidence to even partially substantiate that claim.

            You seem to have a prejudice that isn’t susceptible to facts. That’s the beauty of it though. Prejudices don’t require any hard data, facts, or truth. You can convince yourself that having an argument and punching a window naturally evolves into murder-suicide. Just don’t expect anyone else to take that as a well-reasoned argument. It isn’t.

      • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

        This is incorrect. There is serious evidence that points to CTE actually changing how a person behaves. Junior may have been a badass on the football field but those who knew him have gone on the record as saying he actually dramatically changed as the effects of football impacted his brain.

        This is brain damage Jason. Degenerative brain damage. That means it gets worse over time. Many of the players that have suffered from CTE have killed themselves. It changes you. Just because Joe Montana got concussions and hasn’t turned violent and may or may not be suffering from CTE doesn’t mean that the other people mentioned in the article were clearly violent before hand and that that was the reason for them meeting their ends.

        Stacy hits it on the head. We don’t know and it is irresponsible to suggest we do. But I do know that brain damage can cause changes in people and so the possibility is there.

        • Jason Seibel

          I’m not arguing the fact that it’s brain damage. I’m not even really arguing that it can cause changes. I’m saying that A: to sue the Chiefs for a “wrongful death” is wrong and that B: Belcher was violent before this occurred. If anything, this magnified the violent behavior.

          • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

            I don’t disagree. I think there is an element of a money-grab here. I just think we have to be careful not to categorize all incidents of violence connected to CTE as the same.

          • Jason Seibel

            That’s fair, I suppose. “What I will tell you is that while chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE is very real and affects everyone from professional athletes to military personnel who survive improvised explosive device attacks, I think using it as an end-all, be-all excuse for why bad things happen is irresponsible and flat out wrong.” This was my main point.

          • superman_25_58

            Seems like now any act of violence from NFL players are being blamed on CTE. Let’s get real you make millions playing a damn game it’s the path they chose and if they had to do it all over again 9 out of 10 players would follow the same path for their careers. It’s all about money and stardom!

          • Stacy D. Smith

            That pre-incident violent amounted to a broken window and an argument. There simply was no established narrative about his being violent until this took place last season. Then, and only then, did media outlets pore over his past to find incidents to write a post-narrative. Thing is, it STILL doesn’t fit.

            Not that it needs to. One doesn’t need a violent past to become violent. He didn’t need a history of violence to descend into those depths in 2012.

            Still… There’s enough smoke to this fire that we shouldn’t so quickly establish narratives that dismiss CTE as a contributing factor to what happened that day.

            The jury’s still out. I don’t think there are any concrete answers on either side of the argument. That’s what troubles me about these intellectual extremes that deny the other qualifying variables.

          • castingstones2

            “That pre-incident violent amounted to a broken window and an argument.”

            This is a established incident of violence against a woman. Therefore, he has a history of violence.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            It isn’t and you can review the reports again to confirm that. Again, I haven’t seen a report that even suggests she was there at the time. Punching a window does not, in any conceivable way, work out to domestic violence. Vandalism? Yeah. Disturbance of the peace? Perhaps. Is it impulsive, imprudent, unbecoming, and unseemly? Absolutely. Did he clearly lose his temper? Sure. But to make that into an incidence of violence against a woman is to play fast and loose with the facts.

        • kcpauly

          These over grown children get paid millions to play this game, why do you think that is? there is risk to reward, get over it nobody forces them to play. If they don’t like the risk then they don’t have to play for the reward. Brain damage is part of the risk, I am so sick of hearing “well we’re just now finding out that bashing your head over and over again causes some sort of damage” no shit? really? you have to be a scientist to figure that out? c’mon man it’s common sense , all these players that are sue happy are broke from being idiots with their money and looking for a hand out. I was a roofer for over 15 yrs. do I sue because I didn’t realize that falling off a roof could hurt? c’mon man it’s such a frickin’ cop out, if you don’t want to risk brain damage, then DON’T PLAY, and don’t collect your millions, but for damn sure don’t collect your millions and then turn around and say you didn’t know the game was violent. I don’t feel at all sorry for them millionaires, it’s a choice remember, nobody is making them do this for a living and a damn good living to boot.
          Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!

          • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

            They don’t get paid for risk, they get paid for their talents and because they can play football at a level that 99% of the world can’t.

            Every case is different, but in a lot of these cases, the issue isn’t just that the players didn’t know or understand the long-term risk of playing football. A lot of the cases have to do with how the teams and team doctors handled the injuries when they happened. Having a team doctor send a player back on the field with a concussion (this happened ALL THE TIME) in the pre-head injury awareness age, was irresponsible.

            In the 80s and 90s, there was no talk about the long-term effects of playing football. Not “bashing your head” but playing football, in a helmet, in a game with rules. I’d say that for a long time, through the 90s, these players signed up to play a game as a job with a reasonable expectation of safety and without much concern or education that they could potentially be so badly brain damaged by the time they are 50 that they would strike their family members or put a gun to their heads.

            I am shocked sometimes at the utter lack of compassion and reason from sports fans. There are no doubt those that will take advantage of this situation and sue just to cash in but the fact of the matter is that the NFL KNEW about the potential consequences of playing the game for a long time and they lied about it and didn’t tell the players or the fans because they didn’t want to kill the golden goose.

            Nobody is saying that the players didn’t know the game is violent but if you think the players in the 90s were giving much thought to long-term brain degeneration while they were playing, you’re fooling yourself.

            Everyone is always so quick to jump on the players and call them thugs and greedy and overgrown children. Yet we all sit down to cheer and watch them “bash their heads in” every Sunday.

            I am very conflicted, at times, at being a football fan. I love the game but I also understand that these are human beings out there running around. Now that there is more information out there on the topic of CTE, the players are at least better informed of what could happen to them if they suffer from this disease as a result of their playing the game.

            But sitting around now from our couches, pounding our chests and saying crap like “they knew what they signed up for and they make millions” makes us, as sports fans look uneducated, ignorant and without compassion.

            Not everything is black and white. I am proud that my first instinct is to try to understand the plights of others and sympathize with them. That doesn’t mean that I will agree with every lawsuit brought against the Chiefs (and indeed I do not agree with this one) but I will take the time to consider the actual human beings involved in the situation, on both sides, and not just my own, ignorant misconceptions about professional athletes.

          • kcpauly

            Patrick,
            you make some very good points, and it’s not that I am not compassionate towards my fellow human beings, but Belcher was not a 80′s or 90′s player and I don’t know for sure, but I believe that these issues of CTE were being explored and reported during his tenure, and all I’m saying is these guys don’t have to play total naivety to the harms of treating your body especially your head in such a violent fashion, I mean it is common sense, all these guys are college educated and to play naive to common sense is some what of a cop out. And I kind of disagree with you that the big pay days are just for being talented, I believe that there is an element of the big pay for compensation for the short career and the health risks that the game involves, and again I say that nobody is forcing them to play the game for a living it is a choice they conciously make, and in this day and age the dangers are well known, I will agree with you that the players of the 80′s, 90′s, and early 2000′s probably were a little more in the dark about the health affects, and I am sure the NFL did lie and hide these issues from players, but that boat has done sailed and I think this lawsuit is a money grab as well, but thanks for the thoughtful reply, and I hope you had a really nice holiday season and as always…
            Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!

        • superman_25_58

          To blame this shit on CTE after only four years in the NFL is irresponsible. He played twice as much football before coming to the NFL. Like I said this is just a get rich quick scheme. Total BS!

        • castingstones2

          Seau had a domestic violence history as well.

  • Stefanie Smith

    “thug life” – a guy with mental problems commits suicide and you conclude it is a product of “thug life”. What does that mean?

    • Jason Seibel

      It means exactly what it says it means. I laid it out for you. Belcher had a history of violence. He was a thug. Saying that a concussion turned Dr. Jekyl into Mr. Hyde is irresponsible and in my opinion, frivolous.

    • d-block

      How many times are you going to say “thug life”? Just shut up.

    • superman_25_58

      No he committed murder (he shot her 9 times) than committed suicide after the fact prolly more due to him not wanting to spend the majority of his natural born life in prison than CTE. I guess we ought to blame Aaron Hernandez’s murder on CTE too right? Same ordeal both committed murder both played in the NFL. Give me a break.

  • kcpauly

    I am sooooo tired of hearing this kind of bullshit, these people know that this is a violent game, and that is why they get paid millions to play it because there is a short shelf life when you put your body through that shit, but to say “Oh we didn’t know that bashing our heads in was going to hurt us” is simple bullshit, nobody forces these guys to play , they play to get rich, most of them make more in a year than the average hard working people will make in a lifetime, and alot of those hard working people have just as much danger involved in their work, but because their work is not entertainment they work to feed their families, these guys get paid millions, and because Belcher was a douche bag, and his momma’s meal ticket ran out now she wants to sue, where was she while Belcher was pun ching her meal ticket? she didn’t seem to mind him playing then when she was getting kick backs from him, I think she is a dirty bitch and a money grubber, with slime bag laywers, I hope they spend the last of Jovans cash on this shit and it gets thrown out, this is the shit that pisses me off about these hypocrital bastards
    Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!

    • Stefanie Smith

      His “momma” is raising that young child and will be for a long time. Why are you calling her “momma”? Is that your idea of ghetto speak?

      • kcpauly

        you don’t have a momma?
        Go Chiefs!!!!!!

      • chiefridgy

        Ghetto speak? Really?

      • Deadmeat

        I call my mother, “Momma” all the time. I must be Ghetto! Sweet!

      • d-block

        His mother didn’t get custody of the baby.

    • DieHard_ChiefsFan

      I agree with you. This is yet another case of a Ambulance chasing lawyer trying to get money any way they can and found a willing participant to take this to court. The guy was bad even evil and the coward should have just taken his own life, not the life of his girlfriend, in front of his mom and child. You mention Seau, that was a shock when that news broke, but at least he didn’t go on a rampage.

      So are we now going to sue the schools or work-sites when a psycho goes on a shooting rampage due to losing his job or being bullied. This is just people trying to get money where they can and when they can. Good for Grandma raising the child but don’t make this into a circus for the money.

      • Troy Utt

        I agree it’s not all about CTE! There is something more to it, just as the examples of Montana, Young, & Seau… I was actually arguing a point someone made in a post declaring there was no diff between Seau & Belcher. A comment you almost have to laugh at if it wasn’t so ignorant!!! In short Belcher played what 1-1/2 seasons w/ KC & Seau had 19 under the helmet w/SD, MIA, & NE, not to mention 3 more at USC. Belcher w/ his history of violence whether documented thru criminal citations I would think holds merit as long as the incidents are verifiable. None the less, the Chiefs are in no way responsible for what happened! This is absurd!!!

  • berttheclock

    Whatever the views of the various posters, this is not a frivolous lawsuit. Cheryl Shepard did her homework and has selected, especially, with Ken McClain of Humphry, Farrington and McClain, one of the top litigators for plaintiffs in the land. That firm is not made up of so-called “ambulance chasers”. They have no “Whiplash Willies” working for them. Firms of that caliber do not take deep pockets actions just to get an early settlement or be given a pittance for nuisance value.

    One interesting point is this lawsuit has been filed prior to the results of the recent CTE autopsy of Belcher. They must have had very good reasons for waiting for the results. This is not a case which will be ended quickly.

    However, I must note that over the years I have found many bashers of plaintiff trial attorneys to be the first in line for the best “gun slingers” whenever, the bashers suffer any injury.

    • Jason Seibel

      I don’t think the lawsuit is frivolous, per se, but more an attempt to blame something else as the problem when, in fact, her son was a violent thug who murdered the mother of his child and then killed himself. And to add to it, does anybody wonder why Mr. Belcher drove to Arrowhead to kill himself? Why not just do it in the house after he killed his girlfriend? Was he intent on killing somebody else?

    • toperspective

      Spare me. They may not be “ambulance chasers” but they will go anywhere where big money is to be made. Right, wrong or ethics don’t ever come into play. Of course they are not interested in an early settlement. The goal is a massive settlement.

  • Ryan Soren

    Maybe she should get off her ass and get a job like everyone else that raises a child. Why should she get another chance, she’s already brought up one child and look what he did- took the life of an innocent woman and committed suicide and left a little girl parent less!!! He wasn’t thinking about anyone but himself, just as she is! She wants to sue so she doesn’t have to work to pay to raise that little girl!!!! If she can’t afford to raise that girl she shouldn’t have offered to raise her!!! I have no sympathy for her, she raised a murderer and really doesn’t deserve to raise a girl in the same environment!!!!! It’s sad to see how greedy ppl are!! I hope she looses! She’s just looking for a handout!

  • UsnCapt2003

    Jason as I sit and wait for my final orders would you be able to Email me updates

  • Dfrey87

    Jason great write up, you really nailed it. I want to start by saying this, Mrs. Shepard had to sign a release when Belcher played football the entire time he was a minor. All parents do for there kids to play sports, isn’t that correct? Said release/waiver states the possible head injures, isn’t that correct? To say that neither Belcher or his Mother knew that football could cause brain damage is ridiculous and a flat out lie. This is a grown man, he knew what could happen to him. Belcher chose this line of work, the Chiefs didn’t make him come play with the team. I was in the Army for 5 1/2 years and now have TBI, I’m not trying to sue the Army because I have to live with migraine headaches for the rest of my life. I knew what could happen when I joined as he did when he decided to play and when his mom signed the waiver to let him. This is a case of a horrible woman trying to take advantage of her sons death because her money train is gone. This is sickening it really is. I’m not saying that this CTE doesn’t cause irreversible damage but to say it’s the only cause is very irresponsible. We all have personal responsibility and this is a major display for lack there of. These guys know what is at stake as I did but we both chose to do it anyway, so it’s not the teams fault and it’s not the Armies fault. To even consider this to be anything other than a money grab you have to have absolutely no common sense and are one of the most major problems that this country faces today.

  • Troy Utt

    I agree the effects of CTE / head trauma in the NFL are a very real danger. But in no way are the KC Chiefs responsible for what Belcher did after his short stint under the Arrowhead!
    There is no doubt Belcher had mental issues, a rage of what sort we may never know. Approximately two weeks ago as it was reported that his Mother was having his body exhumed for reasons of “medical discovery” anyone who is honest with themselves knew that simply was not the case. It’s not about answers, it’s not about justice, nor the son, the daughter, or the parentless child left behind. “IT’S A MONEY GRAB!”
    Once the courts (thankfully) granted custody of the child to others, the KC Chief’s made monetary considerations for the child in the form of a trust. Once the custodial decision was made is when the wheel was set in place for the circus of events we now have unfolding.
    I am sure after all the legal wrangling’s the Chief’s will write Shepard (Belchers Mother) a check. If for nothing more than to simply turn the page, close the chapter, & move on.
    The only question now is, “how much or rather how little is it all worth?

    • Deadmeat

      I believe Belcher was paid to hit people as hard as he could. Was paid for his violence, was rewarded for his violence, loved for his violence, worshiped for his violence. All his life, he was trained to be violent. So how can you be surprised when he was violent off the field?

      • Troy Utt

        I’m not surprised one bit! I am merely acknowledging that the effects of CTE are real… Was that the case with Belcher? IMO… NO!!! Thus my statement the Chiefs are in no way responsible for his actions.
        I am getting ready to post an addendum to my original, as while on-line in the pre-dawn hours AA must have been doing maint, as when I went to hit post I got knocked off & lost everything I had input. LOL

    • Troy Utt

      Even though Belcher was an UDFA & had only been with the Chiefs /in the NFL a couple of seasons it’s easy to see why his Mother is now making a fuss now that custody of the infant child has been (thankfully) awarded to others… Some may argue that all is not as it appears, but the timeline, & chain of events is hard to argue…As I said before this is nothing more than a “money grab!”
      Not counting any monetary considerations from the Chiefs, Belchers estate as provided for in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement is estimated to be approx $1mil
      Beneficiary (unknown)
      $600,000 + $200,000 per ea credit season x2 Total: $1mil
      Zoey (3mo daughter-@ time of tragedy)
      $108,000 x 4yr’s =$432,000
      $52,000 x14yr’s=$728,000 (18yr’s old)
      $52,000 x5yr’s=$260,000 (addit recv’d if att’d college)
      Estimated Amount in Trust…………………..$2.1mil-$2.4mil

  • Tyler Alexander

    Right on Jason. I played receiver in high school and got knocked unconscious twice in games with concussions. I knew then that this wasn’t good for me and so did my mother so I concentrated on basketball instead. I also experienced two more concussions after High School from a biking accident and a swimming accident. Suppose I went out and killed someone right now? Should the family sue the school, the bike company or the pool owner? I knew the risk of playing football and I was a shit for brains sophomore in 1991. I knew it was dangerous to race a bike without a helmet. I knew that diving into a shallow pool was dangerous. People need to be responsible for their choices and accept the consequences.

    P.S. Just so you know. Smoking is bad for you. You heard it here first….

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