The Kansas City Chiefs will be playing a football game tomorrow against the Carolina Panthers just over 24 hours after 25-year-old linebacker Jovan Belcher took his own life in the parking lot of the team’s facility shortly after fatally shooting his 22-year-old girlfriend at the couples home.
When Belcher got to the Chiefs facility, he was met by head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.
Belcher reportedly thanked his coach and GM before putting the gun to his head and taking his own life right in front of Crennel and Pioli’s eyes. It is a horrifying image that the two men will forever live with.
Kansas City mayor Sly James spoke with Crennel and Pioli after the tragedy and could not describe their emotions. Crennel and Pioli are reportedly very shaken and emotional about the incident which no one could have ever seen coming.
“You have absolutely no idea of what it’s like to see somebody kill themselves,” James said, per the Kansas City Star. “If you can take your worst nightmare and put somebody you know and love into that situation, and give them a gun and stand three feet away from them and watch them kill themselves, that’s what it is like. It’s unfathomable. Think about your worst nightmare and multiply it by five.”
Crennel and Pioli will have to stay strong and put the image behind them as they prepare their team for a football game.
At a moment like this, it is hard to imagine focusing on a game, but for the Chiefs, the show must go on.