Found December 03, 2012 on
Fox Sports Kansas City:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, one of the last people to see Jovan Belcher alive, said he didn't know what was troubling Belcher at that fateful moment Saturday morning shortly before Belcher took his own life with a single gunshot to the head.
Crennel, who did not specifically address Saturday's events during his press conference after Sunday's win over Carolina, did so Monday.
Crennel acknowledged that he and general manager Scott Pioli encountered Belcher in the parking lot outside the team's practice facility.
Crennel could see that Belcher had a gun with him, but said that he did not know that Belcher had just an hour or so before shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their home in eastern Kansas City.
"He hadn't told me anything about that," Crennel said. "I didn't know what had happened. All I knew was that there was a player with a gun and I know that's not a good thing."
Crennel added that he had never seen Belcher carry a gun before.
"Never, ever," Crennel said.
Crennel then attempted to urge Belcher not to commit any acts of violence with the gun.
"I was trying to get him to understand that life is not over," Crennel said, "and that he still has a chance, and let's get this worked out."
Belcher, though, moments later moved behind a vehicle as he saw police arrive in the parking lot. Then Belcher shot himself.
Crennel said he does not second-guess his approach with Belcher that morning.
"No, I don't question what I said at all," he said.
Exactly what put Belcher in the state of mind to commit the murder-suicide remains a mystery, and apparently Belcher did not confide in Crennel that he was under extraordinary stress.
"He didn't talk about major troubles in his life," Crennel said. "Everybody has issues in their personal life. All of us here have issues in their personal life. We all handle them differently. And from dealing with Jovan, he seemed like a strong individual.
"He was a leader. He sat in front in the classroom. He led the drills. You're surprised by the events that took place."
Dealing with the aftermath of Belcher's rage is the primary focus now for Crennel, who has been trying to reconcile the player he knew with the one who committed the heinous act Saturday morning.
"What Javon did we're not crazy about," Crennel said. "We didn't like it. But he is still part of our family. You go out into society and things like that happen in society and you don't see people throw family members out the door. They're still loved by family members. But you don't like the act.
"And so, now, you move on and deal with it. You don't have a choice. You have to move on."
Step one for Crennel was coming back into work on Monday and stepping through the same parking lot where Belcher shot himself.
"It was like any day walking through the door and walking through the parking lot," he said. "But you think about the events. But the events are over and you can't undo them.
"I'm in a good mental state. My daughters and my wife tell me I'm crazy and that something should be wrong with me. But I can deal with stress and I can deal with grief. I'm dealing with it by trying to be the leader these young men need. They're young and they need a good leader.
"We know we have to deal with the events of the last few days. It's not over. And for some of us we'll be dealing with it for the rest of our lives. But time heals all wounds. So we'll start working on the time thing."
Crennel said the tragic events of the weekend have not changed his philosophy, and perhaps may have even reconfirmed his approach.
"Nothing is promised to us in this life," he said. "You need to live your life the best way you can because tomorrow is not promised."
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
FAREWELL TO ARMS
In the wake of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher's Saturday morning murder-suicide -- sportscasters (and sportswriters) have decided to put their own thoughts on gun control front and... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend Kassandra Perkins on Saturday before going to the Kansas City Chiefs stadium and killing himself – but he left something very important behind. His three month old daughter, with no parents. However, it is [...]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. At some point, a Chiefs locker room attendant will dutifully take away the practice gear and jersey inside Jovan Belcher's locker room stall at the team's practice facility.
Belcher's name plate and No. 59 will be removed as well.
And at the very least that instant reminder of Belcher himself or the unspeakable acts he committed last Saturday morning...
The families of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and of the girlfriend he shot and killed before killing himself spoke out Monday, two days after the tragic incidents.
Belcher's family says it is having difficulty dealing with the "inconceivable tragedy." Police say Belcher shot and killed Kasandra Perkins on Saturday at their Kansas City home before driving...
Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend briefly lived apart before he killed her and then committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager, a friend of the woman said Sunday.
But Brianne York, 21, said that Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had gotten back together by Thanksgiving.
When she learned Saturday that Belcher had fatally...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Police hope to deliver an investigative report to prosecutors Tuesday, detailing what caused Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher to kill his girlfriend and then himself.
"They're moving it along just like any other case. There's a formal process it has to go through," Kansas City police Sgt. Marisa Barnes said.
In an incident report...
The burning embers of the Twin Towers had a way of being invoked when a particularly dicey part of the Patriot Act needed selling 11 years ago.
This was the smart play. Watering down constitutional rights is not easily undertaken. So scaring Americans and then using that fear to explain why this egregious assault on their rights is for their own good is genius. This is exactly why...
On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Panthers 27-21. As we all know by now, the game was played under unthinkable circumstances following the horrifying murder/suicide by Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher just one day earlier. As details continue to emerge about the incident, and Belcher’s state of mind leading up to Saturday’s events, our hearts go out to the families of...
In the wake of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide over the weekend, sports figures across the nation are offering their two cents on the matter of gun control.
First it was Bob Costas and then is was Jason Whitlock – not to mention the many in between and many more to come.
Whitlock, who was a guest on Roland Martin’s podcast this week, went into detail about his column...
Jovan Belcher's arrival at Arrowhead Stadium shortly after the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker allegedly killed his girlfriend Saturday morning was predictable, a sports psychologist said. The troubled player was retreating to a familiar haven before taking his own life.
How the Chiefs organization will now cope with this horrific murder-suicide won't be so easy to analyze...
by John Viril—
I know I write a Kansas City Royals blog, but Jovan Belcher’s tragic suicide today at Arrowhead Stadium cuts beyond any topic limits. I cannot help but think about the place of sports in our society and what role, if any, that his profession might have had in the terrible events that occurred this morning.
I’d like to think that sports had nothing to do with...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. At some point, they had to return to football. They had to think about football.
The Chiefs knew that. This is their job, their passion, their obligation.
The nightmarish events of the previous 24 hours when teammate Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend, then took his own life had to be stored away, and the focus had to return.
Football is simply a game, but...
The apparent murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, is one of a series of untimely deaths for current or former NFL players in recent years:
- In July 2012, Tennessee Titans receiver O.J. Murdock, 25, was found in his car in front of his Florida high school with what appeared to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
- In May 2012, Junior Seau, 43, shot himself...
A moment of silence for victims of domestic violence was held at Sunday's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers.
The NFL and the Chiefs made the decision Saturday to play Sunday's game despite the fact that 30 hours earlier Chiefs starting linebacker Javon Belcher allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and committing...
Matt Rury might be “The Ladies Man”, but he is more than just a pretty face. Rury and Chamberlain have some serious thoughts on the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his murder/suicide. They’ve also got less serious thoughts on the other people included in the heading, and perhaps Rury will romance a few [...]