Jovan Belcher, linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, killed his girlfriend Saturday morning after being out at several bars the night before. Some believe that alcohol and stress between Belcher and girlfriend Kasandra Perkins were the leading roles in the shooting. The tension between the two had been escalating sincethe birth of their daughter three months ago, leading to constant arguments about money.
Belcher was found outside the apartment complex of another woman the night before the shooting by police. The next morning, Perkins was shot nine times by Belcher, leaving behind a 3-month-old daughter.
Belcher’s mother, who was at the scene of the shooting, claims that Belcher knelt down and kissed his girlfriend’s forehead, saying that he was sorry. He then kissed his daughter and apologized to his mother before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and shooting himself in front of staff, including Chiefs Coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.
Many have turned Belcher into a victim of society, blaming his actions on lack of gun control, skewed perceptions of manliness, and the violence of football turning the players violent themselves. However, the police account shows that he already owned several guns and heated arguments between himself and his girlfriend were nothing new. He, and his lack of control, are the only ones to blame for his actions.
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