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 it. That would be easy and convenient. Then I could go back to yelling at my favorite sports team, free from any sense of participation in unspeakable events. But I don’t think we, as sports fans, should be that easy on ourselves.
Please bear with me. This column is not an exercise in self-flagellation. I am not trying to vicariously dramatize my own life by assuming some kind of tenuous responsibility for the death of a man who led a far more glamorous life than me. And yet, as a life-long intense fan of multiple sports, I cannot help but think we ask a lot of our athletes.
While sports are dramatic, glamorous an...