Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14

ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Antone Smith of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs at Georgia Dome on August 13, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
As the dust continues to settle in the weeks after the tragedy that involved Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, his girlfriend and their families, more details have emerged that help explain exactly what happened. Belcher was reportedly having problems with his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins prior to the shooting. One of Jovan’s friends said that they separated two weeks before the incident and that the 25-year-old drank nightly. Another report said that Belcher was out with a different woman the night before the murder-suicide. On Friday, the NY Post cited a source close to the Chiefs that claimed Belcher’s mother told police investigators that Jovan and Perkins were arguing over who the father of their 3-month-old daughter is before he shot Perkins and then killed himself. “The mother believed that there was an issue over whether (Belcher) was the father,” the source reportedly told the Post. “She said he (believed he) wasn’t necessarily the father of the child.” A Kansas City law enforcement source also reportedly confirmed that there was a question about the paternity, adding that there was an implication that Belcher and Perkins may have been arguing about whether or not the child was his. Zoey, the 3-month-old infant, is slated to receive $1 million under the NFL’s life insurance policy from now until she turns 18 — or 23 if she attends college. Sgt. Marisa Barnes, a Kansas City police spokeswoman, said the baby’s paternity will not be part of the department’s murder-suicide investigation. “That would not be something they’re going to investigate,” Barnes explained. “It’s a ‘he-said, she-said’ so there’s no way to investigate. It would be nothing more than a civil matter.“ One thing that seems certain is that the relationship between Belcher and Perkins was extremely rocky prior to the tragedy. Whether or not Belcher is actually the father of their child is something we may never know.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Report: Scott Skiles frontrunner for Magic coaching job

Shanahan: injuries are not why Robert Griffin III struggles

Kyle Korver ruled out for remainder of playoffs

Randy Moss attends cancer survivor's graduation

Roger Staubach shares thoughts on Greg Hardy

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

PHOTOS: Gigantic sinkhole at Jack Nicklaus golf course

WATCH: Memphis player catches defense sleeping, scores

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

French Open Women's preview: Who will make the quarters?

WATCH: Bryan Price gets ejected before game starts

WATCH: Vin Scully narrates fan's marriage proposal

WATCH: Harper, Matt Williams have special handshake

The Yankees are succeeding despite the numbers

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.