KANSAS CITY, Mo. Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Thomas Jones said he is convinced that former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who shot and killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins before committing suicide, was already suffering the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
CTE, a degenerative disease of the brain that has been linked to aggressive behavior and depression, has been found posthumously in numerous NFL players, including several who have committed suicide. Former San Diego linebacker Junior Seau, who took his life last May by shooting himself in the chest, was later diagnosed with CTE.
Jones and Belcher were teammates with the Chiefs in 2010 and 2011.
"I have no doubt in my mind that Jovan had CTE," Jones told FOXSportsKansasCity.com. "I'm sure (CTE) played a part in what happened.
"I knew Jovan. He was a good guy. But he did a horrible thing that day."
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