As many of you may well know, it was this time last year that the NFL world was rocked by the tragic and senseless death of Jovan Belcher, former linebacker of the Kansas City Chiefs and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. It was December 1, 2012 that Belcher shot his girlfriend, the mother of their three month old daughter, 9 times in front of their home. The violence did not end there, Belcher than drove to the practice facility of the Chiefs and shot himself in the head, in front of the former head coach Romeo Crennel as well as the former general manager Scott Poili.
Belcher used one gun to murder his girlfriend and then used a different gun to kill himself. Even though both guns were legally registered Due to the fact the Belcher did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon and that there were multiple other weapons in his home, anti-gun advocates had voiced many concerns. These deaths, along with 5 other NFL players, have died from self-inflicted just since 2011; Dave Duerson, Ray Easterling, Junior Seau, Kurt Crain and O.J. Murdock.
Belcher’s body was exhumed yesterday in order to examine his brain. It is the desire to discover if of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), had anything to do with the tragic actions committed by Belcher. It is felt by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University that this condition memory loss, impulse control problems, aggression, depression and dementia due to head injuries associated with contact sports.
While this research will not ease the pain of the deaths that have occurred and the families that have been destroyed, perhaps the findings can prevent further deaths in the future.
Branwyn Lovingood Public Relations Director for 110 Nation Sports Show