The Kansas City Chiefs have handled the tragedy involving Jovan Belcher about as well as any organization can. Credit the Chiefs’ leadership for a thoughtful approach to the whole situation in the midst of their own grieving.
Publically, the Chiefs haven’t done anything to honor a player that allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in front of Scott Pioli, Romeo Crennel and others. Privately, the Chiefs have allowed the players to grieve in their own way and have left Belcher’s locker untouched.
The Chiefs have had to walk a fine line in remembering Belcher according to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. There is no right way to handle a situation without much precedent. Nobody is exactly sure what to do and there are no good answers.
Belcher will be viewed as a murderer who selfishly took his own life to avoid the consequences of his actions by many, but that’s not the guy that the players knew.
“We didn’t know the guy who made those last few decisions,” says linebacker Brandon Siler, who started at inside linebacker in Belcher’s place. (via Mellinger)
It’s a tough situation to navigate and the organization has done an amazing job considering the circumstances. In times like this, people should to cut the team some slack, even if every decision they make isn’t perfect.
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