Domestic violence and the NFL collide


By Amanda Dolbow ‘14

Thirty thousand people take their own lives annually. Many times reasons are withheld, but many times there aren’t. In the case of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher no reason was offered.

Belcher allegedly killed his girlfriend and immediately after met up with his coaches and killed himself in their honor.

Over the years, many NFL players have partaken in domestic violence cases. Once again domestic violence and the NFL have collided. It’s almost as if domestic violence and football are supposed to be intertwined. Sometimes the players were the victims, and sometimes they were the perpetrators. It’s a lose-lose situation.

In the case of Jovan Belcher, there was no spoken motivation as to why he did what he did. It was said that Jovan and his girlfriend Kasandra had the typical relationship. And a healthy relationship inclues fights.

Jovan Belcher was 25-years-old and his girlfriend Kasandra M. Perkins was a mere 22-years-old, and they had a two-month-old baby Zoey Michelle Belcher.

Whatever happened at their home apparently never left it. After Belcher shot his girlfriend,  police were notified when her mother had found her. She was sent to the hospital where she died of multiple shot wounds in a murder-suicide.

Shortly after killing his girlfriend, Belcher drove five miles from his suburban home where he was confronted by the Police Force and the Chiefs personnel.

Belcher thanked General Manager Scott Pioli and Coach Romeo Crennel for all that they had done for him. After thanking them, Belcher took a step back put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.

Why people do such things I don’t know. You never know what is running through someone’s mind, so it’s your best bet to be kind to everyone. Being nice to people and doing good deeds for them could spare your life.

As for two-month-old Zoey Michelle Belcher, the Chiefs have established a trust fund for her.