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Tragic Events Unfolding with the Kansas City Chiefs

Posted by Lloyd Vance | Leave a comment »

Reports out of KC are saying that a Chiefs player was involved in a murder/suicide that ended at the team’s practice facility

Too often the world of sports is no longer the refuge that it one was during many of our youths.

A severely unfortunate reminder of the tragedies of the “regular” world causing the “trivial” world of sports to take pause seems to unfortunately be unfolding in Kansas City.  This middle-American town, where the once-proud Chiefs have struggled to a lowly record of 1-11 after twelve weeks, surely turn it’s attention to the still emerging events of this morning, Saturday December 1, 2012.

Word has been leaking through Twitter, ESPN, and several outlets that the Kansas City Police Departmen is investigating two shootings from earlier this morning.  Though news has been sketchy, these tragic events apparently have involved a yet to be named Kansas City Chiefs player and his girlfriend.  Though the media is all over the story with speculation is running rampant, a Kansas City police Supervisor Andrea Khan could only give minimal detail and would not release the name of the player involved.

Local Kansas City station, KCTV5  is reporting that the shooting was reported at approximately 8 AM CST at a home near 54th Street and Chrysler Avenue, and then a short time later, a second shooting was reported the Chiefs practice facility located near  Arrowhead Stadium.  Some officials trying to recount the events have said that a Chiefs player shot and killed his girlfriend at home and then drove to the practice facility where he shot and killed himself.

Of course the Chiefs and their extended football family have been very shaken by the events, and the team issued the following short statement, not long:

 “We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”

And you knew Cyberspace would not wait for all of the details to emerge with much speculation on Twitter.   Several tweets have said that the dead Chiefs player is Jovan Belcher, but police have not confirmed this information.

USA Today Sr. NFL Writer Jarrett Bell tweeted that he was told that Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel witnessed the player’s last act.

Look for more updates of these tragic events here as more information is revealed by the authorities and/or the Kansas City Chiefs.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kansas City and the Chiefs’ extended family and we our sure that NFL is considering postponing this Sunday’s Carolina Panthers – Kansas City Chiefs game slated to be played at Arrowhead.



Lloyd Vance is the Editor for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA). Lloyd can be reached on Twitter (@lloydvance)

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