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Last week CBS's NFL pregame show, The NFL Today, was widely panned for its tone-deaf coverage of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide. While other networks were offering detailed, poignant coverage and showing great deference to the story, CBS operating in their own universe. The NFL Today delayed addressing the Belcher story and went on with their usual product placements and yearly Victoria's Secret crossover tomfoolery. While NFL Network, Fox, and ESPN were praised for their handling of the story, CBS stood out like a sore thumb with their effort.
This week the NFL was met with another tragedy when Jerry Brown of the Dallas Cowboys was killed at 25 years old. His teammate Josh Brent was driving drunk at the time and has been jailed on an intoxication manslaughter charge. Thankfully, CBS learned their lesson from the week before and dedicated their entire first segment to the news of Brown's death and a serious discussion about the terrible events of the last week in the NFL. It was time CBS didn't devote to serious issues the week before. While CBS was ravaged on Twitter last week, the network was applauded for making a complete turnaround and serving viewers with the proper perspective...
James Brown, Shannon Sharpe & the entire NFL Today crew on CBS should be extremely proud of themselves for that opening segment. Well said.
— Brian Cady (@briancady) December 9, 2012
CBS NFL Today doing what they needed to do to correct what they didn't do last week, wow comeback of the year
— Howard Bloom (@SportsBizNews) December 9, 2012
@awfulannouncing unlike last week's debacle, CBS "The NFL Today" got it right making Jerry Brown's death top priority. #NFL #MediaCoverage
— Cayce Lubrun (@caycelubrun) December 9, 2012
First 12 min. of THE NFL TODAY a/b drunk driving, "gun culture," domestic violence & responsibility. Think CBS heard last wk's criticism?
— Philip Jones (@philgoodstory) December 9, 2012
Hope the NFLPA just recorded the first 15 mins of CBS NFL today so they can show it to their players. Playing is a privilege not a right!
— Holly (@hockeychic8) December 9, 2012
After getting roasted last wk 4 ducking Belcher story, CBS' NFL Today spent 1st 12 minutes on KC murder-suicide and Brown-Brent in Dallas.
— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) December 9, 2012
Who was CBS suit who read riot act to those in charge of The NFL Today?Show looked more like HBO's "Real Sports." Ketchup tastes good.
— bob raissman (@nydnraiss) December 9, 2012
NFL Today on CBS got it right today. No show open, no playoff chat, just straight to Cowboys story. They dropped the ball last wk w/Chiefs
— daveontv (@daveontv) December 9, 2012
The complete 180 at The NFL Today is reminiscent of the way Big Ten Network was able to right their ship after initially dropping the ball at Penn State in the fall. Give credit to CBS - they took their lumps and learned from criticism. Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher in particular delivered strong commentary on the dangers of drunk driving and the death that could have been prevented. James Brown also added an essay on domestic violence that casted a much wider net than the politicized gun control debate that developed out of Bob Costas' halftime essay the week before.
It's so refreshing to see a network show a willingness to change their approach when needed.
An excerpted video of the NFL Today's opening segment including the comments from Sharpe, Cowher, and Brown is below...
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The saga continues to unfold.
Just two days after the disturbing 911 call made by Jovan Belcher's mother was leaked, visual evidence has surfaced, giving a peak into the former Chief's final hours.
On Friday, Kansas City police released dashboard video of an encounter with...
Kansas City police have released video from the hours before the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide during which they spoke with him in his car.
Police released the following video of Jovan Belcher’s early Saturday morning stop. This incident happened several hours before Belcher shot his girlfriend Kassandra Perkins at her home and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and shot himself.
The video was taken just after 3a.m, apparently Belcher had fallen asleep in his car when police went to talk with him. The video is from...
As information continues to filter out about the events surrounding last week’s murder-suicide involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Police Department has released two videos. The first video shows police talking with Belcher on Friday night, the day before the shootings. Belcher was asleep in his car that night outside the home of his “other girlfriend,”...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Police released video Friday night that shows officers finding Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher asleep in his car just hours before he killed his girlfriend and later shot himself.
The recording was among two dashboard videos made available by police nearly a week after the murder-suicide. The second video shows an officer responding to Arrowhead...
Police released video Friday night that shows police officers finding Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher asleep in his car just hours before he killed his girlfriend and later shot himself at the team's facility, according to The Associated Press.
The video — recorded from a police cruiser —was among two recordings made available by police nearly a week after...
We think one Kansas City cop asks his partner “How do you know how to roll up the windows in a Bentley,” during the welfare check cops performed early in the morning on December 1 when Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and ultimately killed himself in front of his bosses with the Chiefs.
“I’m going to take a class real quick. It’s on YouTube,” the partner says.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported on Twitter that Zoey Belcher will be taken care of financially by the NFL.Belcher’s daughter Zoe will be financially cared for. Per CBA: She gets $108K/year over 4, $48K in 1 year, then $52K until she’s 18 or 23— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2012How she will be given the money is not exactly clear, but it’s good to see that the new...
A New York church is holding services for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.
The services will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Upper Room Christian World Center in Dix Hills.
Police say the West Babylon, N.Y., native fatally shot himself Dec. 1. The suicide came after he killed his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins...
Police have released video of officers responding after Kansas
City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend and later
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Returning to normal for the Kansas City Chiefs is equal parts welcoming and frustrating.
The players, coaches and front-office staff may never truly get over the murder-suicide involving teammate Jovan Belcher, which shook the franchise to its very core last week. But they've now played two games since their world was sent spinning, and getting back to...
I have been a huge NFL fan and Cowboys fan since I was a kid. I will never understand why guys who work so hard for so long go out and just blow up everything that they have done. Playing in the NFL is a never to happen fantasy for a middle sized 40 something white guy like myself and most others out there. These guys were living the dream playing for the Cowboys even if...
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