Chief’s player shoots girlfriend then self

The sports world was stunned to wake up to news of a sad and bizarre story out of Kansas this morning:

USA — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend and then committed suicide at the team’s practice facility Saturday morning, a person familiar with the details of the shooting told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because police have not yet made Belcher’s identity public.

Police spokesman Darin Snapp told USA TODAY that a Chiefs player killed his girlfriend earlier in the morning and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium where he shot himself in front of Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel.

Blecher was only 25 years-old, his victim was only 22. If that isn’t sad enough, the couple is survived by their three month old daughter.


  1. Didaktylos says

    Judging by the look of the man, some connection with “‘roid rage” might well be involved.

  2. jba55 says


    As to roid rage, I had heard that the concept was facing a great deal of criticism/skepticism. I saw a documentary (Bigger, Stronger, Faster) that raised a lot of doubts, but it wasn’t pretending not to be biased either. No matter what the cause, it’s an awful thing.

  3. Socio-gen, something something... says

    It’s interesting (read: depressing) that the first reaction of so many people web-wide is to speculate on what “made” him do this, as if women being killed by boyfriends/husbands is so rare and unheard of.

    According the the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.”

    This woman’s death isn’t some sort of shocking aberration; violence against women, including domestic violence, is happening in epidemic proportions, and women are dying every single day as a result. Most of them aren’t involved with NFL players, however, so their murders rarely make the news.

  4. Trebuchet says

    Roid Rage: Maybe.
    Post-concussive syndrome: Maybe.
    Sexism: Probably
    American Gun Culture: Certainly!

  5. Crip Dyke, MQ, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    a sad and bizarre story


    quick google-fu

    More than 90 women were murdered every week in 1991 – 9 out of 10 were murdered by men. (Violence Against Women, A Majority Staff Report, Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 102nd Congress, October 1992, p. 2) Of the 5,745 women murdered in 1991, 6 out of 10 were killed by someone they knew. Half were murdered by a spouse or someone with whom they had been intimate. (“When Violence Hits Home,” Time, July 4, 1994)

    In what world is this story, “bizarre”. This is routine. This is death in the US.

  6. Trebuchet says

    @Greg: Your first point — guilty as charged. Second one, not quite so much. Sure, other weapons can be used. Guns just make it so much easier.

  7. jakc says

    Greg, you’re right in saying that people can find ways to kill without a gun – the events in Casper being an example, bu I think that it’s also clear that these kinds of situations are far more likely to end in death when guns are involved

  8. bradleybetts says

    On the subject of ‘roid rage; as I understand it it is an increased level of aggression caused by the increased levels of testosterone supplied by the steroids. Thsi could understandably lead to spur-of-the-moment crimes of aggression, but this doesn’t sound particularly spur-of-the-moment… unless he just happened to have a gun on him when they started arguing.

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