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Jovan Belcher reportedly drank nightly, separated from girlfriend two weeks ago

Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend on Saturday before killing himself at Arrowhead Stadium, leaving many people in shock. There are many questions about the entire situation. Why did he do it? What was going on between him and his girlfriend? What made him turn?

We may ever learn the answers to these questions, but someone who reportedly is close to Belcher emailed Deadspin to provide some more insight from the linebacker’s point of view that could help explain behavior.

The source told Deadspin he was contacting them to get his friend’s side on the record, and to change the belief that the victim, Kasandra Perkins, arriving home late from a concert she attended on Friday night was the catalyst to the murder.

The friend who emailed Deadspin told the website that Belcher and Perkins had separated two weeks ago over a disagreement about the childcare of their daughter. Perkins reportedly took their daughter without his consent, and threatened that she would hire a lawyer to get as much money from him as possible.

The friend reportedly says Belcher was increasingly frustrated with Perkins for her poor performance in school — which he says Belcher was paying for — and for quitting her retail job.

The friend says Belcher drank nightly and was taking pain medication. The friend also says Belcher was suffering from short-term memory loss after taking hits to the head in the Chiefs’ Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

Does any of this justify committing murder, then suicide, and leaving their three-month old daughter without parents? Of course not. But this report, if you believe it (and we find it credible), helps explain what may have been going on in Belcher’s mind that led him to commit the horrific acts.



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  • RevWillieG

    I thought it was because of the gun?

  • SherylSimpson

    you mean that gun in the hand of a mentally unstable person…?  it certainly didn’t IMPROVE the situation now did it? i am not anti-gun…i own them and would not hesitate to use one in defense of my person or my home.  but you cannot deny that the gun culture of our society–and to a greater extent among professional athletes–contributes to events like this and the death of Steve McNair.

  • JamesT32

    Well of course SOMETHING was going on in his mind as content, rational and stable people don’t pick up firearms and dispense of the first person available before eventually offing themselves.  A cautionary tale of a guy whose psyche was spiraling out of contol, whether those around him realized as much or not, and who basically had absolutley no coping skills to deal with the current circumstances of his life, hence the catastrophically awful choices he made in his final hours.  If you ever get to the point where you’re feeling homicidal or suicidal, regardless of the origins of those feelings, then get some real help immediately (by real help I’m referring to mental health profeesionals as whining over the phone to mommy or some “friend” that you hate yourself or your life doesn’t cut it) as killing yourself or those around you is never really the correct answer to anything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Woosley/504970751 Joe Woosley

    “he was drinking nightly”   WHO Doesnt?

  • JamesT32

    Joe Woosley -  I certainly don’t as drinking is largely for losers desperately trying to escape their dismal realities. Then again, I don’t have to tell you that, huh?