By Sarah Martinez
Western Sun sport editor
For the second time this year a former and current football player have committed suicide. Are all the hits and concussions more serious than people think?
The players go through protocol that tells them if they can play in the next game. Some are cleared and some aren’t, but how do they affect the players?
I think that research should be done to make a connection and think the concussions are more harmful than the players, fans, and coaches realize. Injury reports are fabricated, even if the National Football league wants honesty. Some head injuries even go unnoticed.
Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend on Saturday, Dec. 1 at about 9 a.m., before he went to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide. Head Coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli saw Belcher commit suicide. I can’t imagine what is going through the Chiefs front office.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt issued a statement Saturday, saying, “The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy.”
I was glad the team was able to come together and win Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers in a matchup, but the Chiefs prevailed by a score of 27-21.
People close to Belcher and his girlfriend said they had been arguing. What lead to the point of them not being able to return? Had she threatened to leave him or was one of them cheating?
We may never know what the problem is, but everyone is shocked this happened. I also feel for the families of the two, but I also feel bad for their 3-month old daughter Zoey that will never know her parents.
Belcher is to blame for the problems going on; he should have never killed anyone. It is messed up; he took the cowardly way of committing suicide instead of owning up to what he did.
Domestic violence against women is something that should never happen. Belcher should be ashamed of himself for conducting such business and should be in jail, not dead.
The man is selfish for taking away himself and the mother to his daughter.