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Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in Breaking News, Crime, Featured, Sports | 6 comments

NFL Chiefs player Belcher dead in stadium suicide

NFL Chiefs player Belcher dead in stadium suicide (via AFP)

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot himself at the NFL team’s Arrowhead Stadium Saturday after apparently shooting and killing his girlfriend, police said. Kansas City Police Captain David Lindaman told the Kansas City star that the 25-year-old player and his 22-year-old girlfriend…

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  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    May all be comforted truly. I understand more than I have ever wanted to understand about the tensions in athletes who are given so much, who come with so much, but who are rarely, as adults or children, taught/helped emotionally– emotional life being a constant in us all.

    Not to say that more teaching/training in sturdy emotional ways of life can prevent all sad /terrible choices, but they can give a person the ability to insert long holding pattern in thought and feeling until matters are worked out to the best they can be, to come to terms with whatever ‘best possible outcome’ is, instead of acting irreversibly in the despair of the moment.

    It is often useful to speak to those who know about such matters, long before one is at the end of one’s rope, to undertake a proscribed pathway away from environs and mind that tilt one toward mind and heartbreak, to invest in the work of creating stable life in stable environs.

    I am not clear that the pro sports environs is that which takes the entire person into that kind of maturity. In fact, some coach’s emphasis on their team members being and staying ‘hungry and angry’ in order to rev the sprint, the muscles and the bones, may be training the brain in a way of thinking and feeling that fires off the field as well.

    This is only my .02 worth, and more than anything, I wish all the team and friends and families to be held and accompanied for a long time to come, as long as it takes to grieve and to come out the other side at dawn again.

  • ordinarysparrow

    It is tragic and so outside of any norms…I wondered about brain injury from so many hits on the field, that could reduce impulse control… but going and thanking the coaches seems very grounded in that which is deeper… Thanks Dr. E for your words of comfort for his family and those effected.. May it be so…

    ” They said the player was actually thanking them (the coaches) for everything they’d done for him,” Snapp said. “They were just talking to him and he was thanking them and everything. That’s when he walked away and shot himself.”

    “He was the last person in the world you would expect,” Linta (his agent) said. “Completely out of character for the guy I know. I didn’t have a lot of individual contact with him but this is so out of character for him. Completely out of character. He was charitable, polite, articulate — and something went crazy wrong.”

  • sheknows

    OS, I was just wondering the same thing about head injuries. Recently saw a program about how frontal lobe( emotional portion) injuries to the brain can remove the ability to control impulse, most especially violent impulses.
    This was so tragic and senseless and perhaps preventable. I fully believe all athletes who are in extreme contact sports should periodically have scans to assess changes.
    Feel so sad about the families involved and his little 2 mo old left parentless.

  • merkin

    They are increasingly believing that repeated concussions are a factor in ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, my favorite disease. I can’t think of anything else that would kill off football faster than that.

  • Jim Satterfield

    According to local news Belcher’s agent is the kind who won’t represent players with behavior problems. He also represents head coach Romeo Crennel. I know that Belcher is one of those journeyman players who does his job and does it well though he never seems to break out into stardom. His reputation is simply as a good guy with a level head and that’s one of the reasons everyone is so shocked by this. Interviews with his neighbors and pretty much everyone in KC who has come in contact with him just reinforces that opinion. It’s a very sad day for a lot of people here.

  • ShannonLeee

    Very sad. It sounds like a fight at the home led to him shooting his girlfriend. After that, everything else was part of a downward spiral. It takes a certain state of mind to play defense in the NFL. The ability to switch into a violent state of mind is almost required. Some people dont have that in them. Some people can control that switch it in most situations. Others live in that mind set. Something clicked and set the guy off. He lost control, came back to reality, and couldn’t deal with his own actions. It is very sad, but it is not limited to athletics. I feel terrible for their baby.

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