PHOTO: Kansas City Chiefs Let Jovan Belcher’s Uniform Hang In Locker

Dec 1, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; A sign placed by fans is seen outside the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility the evening that Chiefs player Jovan Belcher (not pictured) committed a murder and suicide. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

While the Kansas City Chiefs avoided controversy and did not give a public tribute to 25-year-old linebacker Jovan Belcher who took his own life at the team facility on Saturday morning, they did a tribute of their own within the walls of the team’s locker room.

The Chiefs kept Belcher’s uniform hanging in his locker on Sunday.

While it may be a controversial decision to honor a man who murdered his 22-year-old girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and left the couple’s three-month old daughter Zoey an orphan, it is the kind of tribute that was meant for his teammates to remember the man that they knew as more than the animal he has become in the public eye.

For the Chiefs players, Belcher was a friend, a brother, a teammate. A member of the Kansas City family. They needed to remember their brother in a positive light in the locker room that they shared so many memories with as part of the grieving process.

Leaving his uniform hanging was an honorable thing to do, though it may not be a popular decision.

Before kick off, the Chiefs had another classy moment as they took a moment of silence for domestic abuse.

What do you think of the Chiefs keeping Belcher’s uniform hung in his locker? Let your opinion be heard in the comments section.

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  • Sherry Clayton

    A fitting tribute. A sense of what might have been different that day, if the events had not happened as they did and he was suiting up for the game. Team members stick together, like families, even in the toughest of times.

    • joshsanchez

      Exactly, Sherry.

  • big chief

    Anyone who thinks they dishonor his girlfriend by honoring him is just looking for something to be offended by. By his life ending the way it did doesn’t mean he was a monster. Obviously something pushed him to the edge and we may never know what it was. This is a horrible situation and can’t be fixed by the judgements of people who don’t know what happened so just let them honor their friend and teammate the way they knew him and the way they see fit.

    • mats kuratz

      Yes let them honor the murderer in front of millions of viewers and at the same time take a shit on the forehead of the woman and her family.

      • joshsanchez

        You understand, big chief. Good to see some reasonable people. If they were parading his jersey in front of the crowd it’d be a different story but they honored him in the confines of their own locker room where he was family.

      • big chief

        How classy. Like I said, some people just live to be offended.