Just over a year ago, one of the most shocking and tragic events in NFL history played out on a cold December morning in Kansas City when Chiefs line back Jovan Blecher murdered his girlfriend and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium where he shot himself in front of teammates and team personnel. The shocking murder-suicide rocked the NFL, and anyone with an ounce of humanity in them, and immediately raised questions as to why it all happened.
It’s a question Belcher’s mother still has over a year after her son’s suicide and she’s going to seek out answers one way or another. According to the Kansas City Star, Belcher’s estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Kansas City Chiefs and directly cites head trauma he suffered while playing for them as the reason he went on his tragic rampage.
This is a tricky situation as there’s no picking sides here. It’s tragic that the Chiefs had to be involved in this, as people Belcher played with and worked for unwillingly watched him take his own life. But on the flip side, there’s a good chance that the Chiefs knew about Belcher’s changing moods before the incident, although nothing has been proven and nobody can assume anything in this tragic case.
Belcher’s estate is alleging otherwise though, stating they believe the Chiefs either knew about or should have noticed Belcher’s mood and attitude changes leading up to the incident on December 2, 2012. It’s now in the hands of a judge to decide if anyone’s at fault.