KANSAS CITY (KMOX) – A 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs player fatally shot his girlfriend Saturday morning, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of two team officials.
Kansas City police identified the shooter as Jovan Belcher.
Soren Petro of WHB Radio in Kansas City spoke about the middle linebacker from Maine on a KMOX newscast, Saturday morning, “He was a solid player and a guy who really had made no headlines around town for anything other than he was a member of the team and a starting player.”
Petro says the alleged murder-suicide is a story that could add a new chapter to the mental damage involved with the sport Belcher played, “It obviously is going to bring up the subject of what the game of football does to the human brain. The concussion sydrome and the type of hits these players take, how much does it affect their medical well-being? This is another case, unfortunately, for the NFL.”
Former Missouri Tiger football player Martin Rucker is among the Kansas City Chiefs teammates of Jovan Belcher’s initially commenting on the tragedy.
On his Twitter account, Rucker sent out prayers to Belcher’s family, Belcher’s girlfriend’s family, and to his fellow Chiefs. Rucker closed the tweet by saying “Only God knows…”