Panthers vs. Chiefs Reportedly Will Open with Moment of Silence
There will reportedly be a moment of silence to honor "all victims of domestic violence" prior to kickoff of Sunday's Week 13 matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, according to Chiefs beat writer Adam Teicher (via Twitter):
#Chiefs will have moment of silence before game for all victims of domestic violence and their families. No names will be mentioned— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) December 2, 2012
The announcement comes in the wake of Saturday's murder-suicide, involving 25-year-old Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. The couple had a three-month-old daughter together.
According to USA Today's Lindsay H. Jones, the "Chiefs will not publicly memorialize linebacker Jovan Belcher before Sunday's game." According to Jones, there will be no numbers, stickers or patches worn by Chiefs players this weekend.
Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt released a statement regarding the incident on Saturday (via KCChiefs.com):
The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today's events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted. We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization.
The Chiefs are just 1-10 this season and will host the 3-8 Panthers on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on Fox.
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