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Murder-suicide by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher snuffed bright light five years ago - Kansas City Star (blog)

Becky Gonzalez can still smell the leather jacket her daughter Kasandra Perkins was wearing when she hugged her goodbye for the last time. Gonzalez vividly remembers her own eyes watering up, just like they always did when Kasi was leaving to fly back ...

Ex-NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Had a Severe Form of Brain Disease CTE - Fortune

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide in April, had a severe form of a degenerative brain disease that has been linked to repeated blows to the head. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for murder, has ...

Shocking Study Finds Traumatic Neurological Disorder in 110 of 111 Donated NFL Player Brains - Gizmodo

No one ever said playing football was good for your brain. By this point, most sports fans have heard that those who suffer repeated concussions could possibly also suffer early-onset dementia and other neurological symptoms. This, in fact, could have ...

Stephen Florida Reveals the Dark Toll of Athletic Greatness - The Atlantic

In 2012, the NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher took his life in front of his teammates after fatally shooting his girlfriend. Months earlier, the Hall-of-Famer Junior Seau killed himself three years after retirement. They, like many other football players ...

Retired NFL Player Lance Briggs Says He's Battling CTE - Total Pro Sports

You've heard some of the names before—Jovan Belcher, Dave Duerson, Adrian Robinson Jr. and Junior Seau— of players who battled with CTE and ultimately took their own lives as a result. Former Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who had a 12-year ...

Editorial: In Kansas City, Yordano Ventura will be remembered as 'Forever Royal' - Kansas City Star

We have been here before, of course, in this place of shock and misery over another unspeakable tragedy involving one of our sports heroes. In 2012, it was linebacker Jovan Belcher shooting his girlfriend to death and then committing suicide at ...

The NFL's big gun problem and why the firearm epidemic will only lead to more tragedy - New York Daily News

The former All-Pro linebacker shot himself in the chest with a shotgun, putting an end to his life and the horrors of living with brain damage caused by years of playing in the NFL. He was posthumously diagnosed as having chronic traumatic ...

Violent crime: Four NFL players who committed first degree murders - Blasting News

... #Crime committed by #NFL players. When Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times and then shot himself at the Chiefs' practice facility next to Arrowhead Stadium on 1 December 2012, it was established later that his blood alcohol levels were ...

How common is suicide among retired NFL players? - Charleston Post Courier (press release)

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then drove to the Chiefs practice facility, where he shot himself in the head. The latest former NFL player to commit suicide was Adrian Robinson, who died by hanging. Robinson ...

Does Tyreek Hill, taken by the Chiefs in the NFL Draft, deserve the trust of the team and Kansas City? - Kansas City Star (blog)

A few hundred yards from the parking lot where domestic violence culminated with Jovan Belcher killing himself after murdering Kasandra Perkins on Dec. 1, 2012, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid on Saturday tried to rationalize the ...

Is CTE Settled Science? Symptoms Similar to Those Found with Steroid Use - Campus Pressbox (blog)

These side effects include aggressive behaviors and psychiatric disorders. Aggressive behaviors and psychiatric disorders are also two of the more highly publicized side effects of CTE. I am not saying that CTE is not a real issue for football players ...

Study links concussions to dramatic increase in risk of suicide - Sporting News

The link between brain trauma and the risk of suicide appears to be far more dangerous than previously understood. Research published by the Canadian Medical Association (via Scientific American) shows the risk of suicide increases threefold in adults ...

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Former National Football League Player Suicides - United States Sports Academy Sports Journal

In December 2012, before shooting himself in the head in the team parking lot, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend (17). After Javon Belcher's suicide death, TIME magazine reported that dean of research and ...

A coach finds new life in Kansas City: Andy Reid and Chiefs needed each other - Kansas City Star (blog)

If ever two drifting forces might have needed to gravitate to each other, it was the Chiefs and Andy Reid after the 2012 season. It wasn't just that the Chiefs had been a particularly hopeless 2-14 that year, were confined to a poisonous cultural cycle ...

EXCLUSIVE: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Talks Starring In 'Concussion', Will Smith's Off-Camera Humor & Being A Fan Of ... - AllHipHop (blog)

On August 9, sports legend Frank Gifford passed away. It was later determined the Pro Football Hall Of Famer was yet another former NFL player to have suffered from the degenerating brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Gifford ...

​Can Concussions Lead to Rape? - Broadly

There, she saw her 25-year-old son, former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, bending over the body his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins; he was kissing her forehead and saying he was sorry. Belcher had shot her nine times. According ...

The NFL, Domestic Violence and Mourning Mid-Field - Reading the Pictures (blog)

... meted out and absorbed at places like Arrowhead, the allusion to killing grounds in this violent culture of ours is probably not that far afield. (photo: Dave Kaup/Reuters caption: Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers players form a prayer ...

Some Context On The Aaron Hernandez Conviction - FiveThirtyEight

On Wednesday, Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. He also faces separate murder charges for a 2012 drive-by shooting. According to the USA Today NFL ...

Former Patriots FB Mosi Tatupu, CTE and football: 'The risk is not worth the reward,' wife says - (blog)

Adding to a high-profile list of names that includes Junior Seau and Jovan Belcher, former Patriots fullback Mosi Tatupu was one 140 athletes -- including many former NFL players -- affected with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), according to a ...

Autopsy shows Chiefs LB Belcher had brain damage - KSNT (press release) (blog)

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — An autopsy performed one year after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend and killed himself found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease ...

Jovan Henry Allen Belcher was an American football linebacker who played for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League . He grew up in West Babylon, New York and was a standout high school athlete before attending and graduating from the University of Maine, where he played for the Maine Black Bears football team. Belcher was named an All-American twice in college after switching in his junior year from linebacker to defensive end.

Jovan Belcher
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Belcher with the Chiefs in November 2010
No. 59
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-07-24)July 24, 1987
Place of birth: West Babylon, New York
Date of death: December 1, 2012(2012-12-01) (aged 25)
Place of death: Kansas City, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: West Babylon (NY)
College: Maine
Undrafted: 2009
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 257
Sacks: 1.0
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at

Jovan Henry Allen Belcher (July 24, 1987 – December 1, 2012) was an American football linebacker who played for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He grew up in West Babylon, New York and was a standout high school athlete before attending and graduating from the University of Maine, where he played for the Maine Black Bears football team. Belcher was named an All-American twice in college after switching in his junior year from linebacker to defensive end.

Belcher was considered a strong small-school NFL prospect, but was not selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. He was later signed as a free agent by the Chiefs and became a regular starter at inside linebacker in 2010. His most productive season was in 2011, when he had 61 tackles and 26 assists. He was re-signed by Kansas City before the 2012 season and played in the team's first 11 games.

Belcher died on December 1, 2012, in a murder-suicide, murdering his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, before driving to the Chiefs' training facility and shooting himself in the head with a handgun.

Jovan Belcher, Girlfriend Murder-Suicide: Kansas City Chiefs Player's Death Shocks NFL

The Kansas City Chiefs took to the field a day after their linebacker's suicide. For more on this story, click here:

Police video released Jovan Belcher murder-suicide

The recording was among two dashboard videos made available by police nearly a week after the murder-suicide. The second video shows an officer responding to Arrowhead Stadium, where Belcher...

Scott Pioli discusses Jovan Belcher on the Dan Patrick Show 1/29/13

NFL Tragedy: Moment of Silence

Linebacker Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs murdered his girlfriend then committed suicide.

AUDIO: 911 call in Jovan Belcher murder-suicide

The Kansas City Fire Department has released audio of the 911 call made by Jovan Belcher's mother after the Chiefs linebacker shot his live-in girlfriend.

Jovan Belcher Interview on Hy-Vee Chiefs Insider 12/26/10

Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher interviewed by Josh Looney on the Chiefs Official Pre-Game Show.