Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher kills girlfriend, then self

Note: This post will be updated throughout the day.

Just horrific news out of Kansas City this morning.

According to multiple reports, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, and then drove to the team’s facility and killed himself.

The team confirmed the incident in a statement.

“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”

The 25-year-old Belcher, who started 10 games this season, reportedly fired the first gunshots around 8 a.m., and then drove to the facility a short time later. Making matters worse, Belcher and his girlfriend had a baby less than three months ago.

Several Chiefs coaches confronted Belcher, urging him not to take his own life, police say.

Head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli supposedly witnessed the suicide.

There was some speculation that team officials are pushing for the NFL to postpone Sunday’s game between the Chiefs and Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium.

The league, unfortunately, isn’t listening.

Zack Kelberman
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  • burnz

    what an aweful thing to do. people suck

  • Melvin H.

    Hold on to all judgements; it is possible they could move the game to a second Monday Night game, just telling the Panthers as the visiting team to go ahead and travel as planned; if so, at worst they’ll be there an extra day or so instead of having to change flight plans last-minute (they can then change their return-flight plans under less pressure).

  • Michael Gruszka

    We live in a sick society. Full of the seven deadly sins that GOD has pointed out to all of us. Always wanting more and giving back even less. But, what makes me sick this morning is that “We want to hear more about this dude’s past and present career!” WHAT ABOUT HIS GIRLFRIEND WHO HE SHOT NINE TIMES IN FRONT OF HIS MOTHER? THE BABY WITHOUT A MOTHER? THE HORROR HE CREATED? WE DON’T CARE ABOUT HER AND THE BABY!!!!!!! WEW DON’T CARE ABOUT THEIR BACK STORIES (GOOD/BAD)! JUST BECAUSE HE IS IN PRO SPORTS, THIS IS WHO WE LOOK TO GIVE PEACE AS HE PASSES! THIS WORLD MAKES ME SICK! SICK! I WISH ALL THE PEOPLE WOULD LOOK AT HOW THEYY TREAT EACH OTHER EVERYDAY AND TRY AND TREAT AS EQUALS? EXCEPT FOR MONSTERS LIKE HIM. LET HIM ROT!