NFL Tells Carolina Panthers To Keep Travel Plans For Game vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Dec 24, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; General view of Arrowhead Stadium before the NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

A horrible tragedy struck the Kansas City Chiefs organization on Saturday morning when 25-year-old linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend at their home before traveling to the Chiefs facility where he took his own life in the parking lot in front of head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.

[RELATED: Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shoots girlfriend, commits suicide at team facility]

While the tragedy has left the Chiefs organization scrambling to organize meetings and prepare for tomorrow’s game as they cooperate with police, many are left wondering whether it would be in the league’s best interest to cancel or postpone the game.

As of now, the game will go as planned.

NFL officials informed the Carolina Panthers to continue their flight to Kansas City as planned, per Panthers interim general manager Brandon Beane. The team is scheduled to depart at  1:15 p.m. ET.

It was five years ago that Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was fatally shot at his home before the team’s week 13 match up. The Redskins went on to play as scheduled and that is currently the plan for the Chiefs, as well.

Topics: Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs

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