UPDATE (1:04 p.m. ET): Police have confirmed the player is linebacker Jovan Belcher, a fourth-year player who had started 10 games this year, recording 38 tackles.

His girlfriend’s name is Kasandra Perkins, and she was shot in front of Belcher’s mother, and their three-month old daughter.

UPDATE (12:50 p.m. ET): Football is quite clearly meaningless at a time like this, but even as this tragedy lingers the NFL may have to make a tough decision regarding the status of tomorrow’s Chiefs-Panthers game that’s scheduled for 1:00 ET at Arrowhead Stadium, almost exactly 24 hours from now. The Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers were told to travel to Kansas City today as planned, but Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks spoke to a league source who said that won’t impact any decision.

“If the Panthers have to fly back from Kansas City without having played the game, it’s not that big of an issue to deal with,” the source said. “We’d rather take the time to think through all the ramifications.”

Jay Glazer reports that as of right now there are no plans to cancel the game, though officials from the two teams have been communicating throughout the day as they evaluate their decision.

UPDATE (12:00 p.m. ET): Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli witnessed the shooting.

 

UPDATE (11:50 a.m. ET): NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that when police arrived at the Chiefs’ facility at about 8:10 CT they found the player with a gun to his head, and he was surrounded by team staff.

UPDATE (11:39 a.m. ET): The Kansas City Star has more. There was reportedly a confrontation at the team facility:

Police said the 25-year-old player shot his girlfriend multiple times around 8 a.m. at a home in the 5400 block of Crysler Avenue in Kansas City. The woman’s mother was present at the time and witnessed the incident.

The player then left the scene and went to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead. After a confrontation with team personnel, in which they attempted to stop the player from committing additional acts of violence, he shot himself. Police heard the single gunshot as they arrived at the scene.

ORIGINAL POST

The 13th weekend of the NFL season has started with tragedy. An unnamed Chiefs player has been involved in a shooting, first killing his girlfriend, and then committing suicide at the team’s practice facility.

KCTV5 in Kansas City has the details:

The first shooting was reported about 8 a.m. at a home near East 54th Terrace and Crysler Avenue. The second shooting was reported a short time later at a Chiefs practice facility located on the Arrowhead facility.

Officials said the Chiefs player shot and killed his girlfriend and then drove to the practice facility where he shot and killed himself.

We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

Pic via the Portland Press Herald

Comments (15)

  1. Jovan Belcher. Crazy.

    • they said the person was 25, jovan is 25 but theres a couple other guys that are 25 on the team…including javier arenas and jaamal charles :o is that belcher the confirmed guy?

    • Yes, that’s the name being reported by multiple and reliable sources (Jason La Canfora, PFT, etc.). However, we’re waiting to formally include that in the post until there’s official confirmation from either the Chiefs or police.

  2. It has been confirmed by multiple sources that it was Jovan Belcher.

  3. Holy shitballs…what a story to wake up to :(

  4. Very unfortunate occurrences, prayer’s to the family & friends

  5. Wow so sad, I hope they dont play the game. Let the families, players and team staff have the time to try and ensure theystart to take care of mental and emotional impacts.

  6. I guess he was watching The Last Boy scout, the movie started with a player shooting himself while playing

  7. If they play tomorrow, they are the dumbest fucks ever

    • The dumbest fuck ever is Belcher. The real tragedy is his dead girlfriend, her mother and her daughter. Can’t be easy either on the coach and GM who witnessed everything.

      Play the game and turn the page. If Belcher was just an ordinary Joe it would have been reported as yet another murder-suicide but because he’s famous it’s a tragedy. How hypocritical.

      • I’m pretty sure any office would be closed the next day if a co-worker kills himself in front of their bosses (Crennel and Pioli). Even if you totally disliked the coworker it would be pretty fucking traumatic to actually witness someone blow their brains out. so yeah they should postpone the game.

        • Understood AC but an NFL game where you’ve got thousands of paying customers, television contracts, etc. isn’t exactly a typical “office”. I do empathize with the Chiefs however whose concentration would most probably not be where it should be.

        • Only those without compassion would want this game to be on tomorrow, good to see I am not the only 1 who wants it to be postponed.

  8. Tragic, famous or not. That game sounds “super fun” for all involved. Who would still want to attend? Geeze! Awful.
    Poor baby & mother of his girlfriend:(

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