Chiefs Play On After Belcher Murder-Suicide

'Incredibly tough 24 hours,' says team chairman

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 2, 2012 12:44 PM CST

(Newser) – The Kansas City Chiefs took to their field in Arrowhead Stadium today, reports CBS News, just more than 24 hours after linebacker Jovan Belcher turned a gun on himself at the facility after he killed the 22-year-old mother of his infant daughter. "We have a lot of players who were struggling, people who had spent countless hours with Jovan over the last several years," said Chiefs' chairman Clark Hunt, who said he left it to Coach Romeo Crennel, who witnessed Belcher's suicide, whether to play today's game. "I know it's going to be difficult for them today." Before the game began, the crowd was asked to observe a moment of silence for victims of domestic violence and their families. Belcher's name was not mentioned, notes the AP.

Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, left, and Coach Romeo Crennel stand together at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.
Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, left, and Coach Romeo Crennel stand together at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
In this Sept. 30, 2012 file photo, Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Jovan Belcher gestures at the line of scrimmage in Kansas City, Mo.
In this Sept. 30, 2012 file photo, Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Jovan Belcher gestures at the line of scrimmage in Kansas City, Mo.   (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
Investigators stand outside an Independence, Mo., house where police say Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend before driving to the Chiefs' training facility and shooting himself, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
Investigators stand outside an Independence, Mo., house where police say Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend before driving to the Chiefs' training facility and shooting himself, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Friends and relatives of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher grieve outside the player's home on Dec. 1, 2012, in West Babylon, NY.
Friends and relatives of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher grieve outside the player's home on Dec. 1, 2012, in West Babylon, NY.   (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)
Friends and relatives of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher grieve outside the player's home on Dec. 1, 2012, in West Babylon, NY.
Friends and relatives of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher grieve outside the player's home on Dec. 1, 2012, in West Babylon, NY.   (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)
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