Originally posted on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 12/2/12

DENVER - NOVEMBER 14: Offensive lineman Chris Kuper of the Denver Broncos blocks against Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 49-29. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
All eyes were on the NFL pregame shows today to see how they would cover the unspeakable tragedy in Kansas City yesterday.  A day after Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then took his own life in front of head coach Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli, the NFL moved forward.  There's no blueprint to cover a human tragedy like this for an NFL pregame show.  There's no "by the book" method to talk about such a real life tragedy that so completely dwarfs the sports that serve as a distraction to real life. I get uneasy relentlessly bashing a network's approach to a story that is stepping so far outside their element because it's so difficult to separate a right or wrong decision.  There are many that are questioning the Chiefs' decision to go ahead and play today's game against the Panthers.  Do the pregame shows take that lead and carry on with business as usual?  Do you skip the silly comedian's segments and respect a sense of levity?  In what way do you even attempt to memorialize Belcher and/or Perkins?  Each network took a different approach and in one sense, there has to be some learning on the fly by the networks and understanding from viewers to know how best and tactfully to cover this story. In truth, the only missteps are going to come in hindsight, which is what CBS discovered Sunday.  While Fox opened their pregame show with no fanfare and an immediate story on the tragedy, The NFL Today on CBS carried on as normal with a sponsored segment and didn't mention the events in Kansas City until 12:05.  The decision to not lead with the Belcher murder-suicide drew immediate outrage from viewers and followers on social media as tone-deaf and inappropriate.  The fact that CBS spent more time shamelessly cross-promoting a Victoria's Secret program than they did on the initial Belcher report only increased the criticism towards the network.  As always, these are Real Tweets from Real People... [<a href="http://www.awfulannouncing.com//storify.com/myoder84/real-tweets-from-real-people-nfl-today" target="_blank">View the story "Real Tweets from Real People - NFL Today" on Storify</a>] It was clearly the wrong decision for CBS to not lead with the Belcher story at 12:00.  At the same time, I do understand what a difficult situation this was for all the pregame shows.  There was no precedent for the situation.  Clearly, the network meant no disrespect to the tragedy, but more work had to be done to make sure the entire show better respected the weight of the story.  Unfortunately for CBS, that's a lesson that was learned in real time.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Pitchers to wear new protective headwear in spring training

Klay Thompson: Warriors will shoot for all-time wins record

Bryce Harper 'squashed' beef with Jonathan Papelbon

WWE has record revenue despite perceived troubles

CC Sabathia declares himself ‘ready to go’ after alcohol rehab

Report: Suns still want to deal Morris before trade deadline


Report: Celtics could offer best deal for Dwight Howard

Hawks 'taking phone calls about everybody on the roster'

Philly mayor calls LeSean McCoy ‘cowardly'

Report: Price might not return this season due to knee injury

Matt Forte confirms he won’t be returning to Bears

Cardinals GM: ‘No doubt’ team wants Mathieu as fixture

Brock Osweiler hopes to remain part of ‘very special’ Broncos

Kobe Bryant receives great gift from ‘media’ member

Ranking the 10 best dunk contests ever

LeBron to be immortalized with Akron Zips bobblehead

Four best free-agent destinations for Matt Forte

Five reasons Oregon will be the sexiest team in March Madness

Was Derek Fisher involved with girlfriend of former Knick?

Steven Stamkos unforthcoming on his no-move clause

Antonio Cromartie's wife is 'definitely' getting her tubes tied

Ciara: It’s getting harder to stay abstinent with Russell Wilson

The top five millennial NBA All-Star moments

Cam Newton sends message with ‘I win my way’ shirt

26% of Denver students skipped school for Broncos parade

NFL 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.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker