NFL's Jovan Belcher Murder-Suicide
Kansas City police said NFL linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins in front of her mother Saturday morning, then drove to the team's practice facility next to Arrowhead Stadium, where he fatally shot himself in the parking lot of the team complex, in front of head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli. Other team personnel were also witnesses to the suicide.
The home game with the Carolina Panthers scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. will still be played. Officials said "After discussions between the league office, Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play tomorrow's game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time."
In an emotional and controversial setting, the Chiefs won the game Sunday at the half-filled stadium. NBC broadcaster Bob Costas, used his segment on "Sunday Night Football" to urge gun control. He said in part, ""In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."