NEWS ABOUT: Jovan Belcher

Jovan Belcher's Body Exhumed in Search of Brain Injury

Expert convinced Chiefs' linebacker had CTE when he killed girlfriend, self

(Newser) - Former Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher's body has been exhumed more than a year after he killed his girlfriend and himself so that his brain can be examined for signs of a degenerative condition linked to repeated concussions. An examination of Belcher's brain could determine whether he... More »

NFL Player 'Drunk' Before He Shot Girlfriend 9 Times

Jovan Belcher was inebriated before murder-suicide: autopsy

(Newser) - Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he shot his girlfriend nine times and then killed himself in front of his coach and general manager, an autopsy released today showed. The Jackson County Medical Examiner report on Belcher, 25, raised... More »

Grandparents Fight Over Jovan Belcher's Daughter

Zoey Belcher, 4 months, is worth $3M

(Newser) - In a sad epilogue to the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide , both sets of grandparents are fighting over the baby girl orphaned when the NFL player killed her mother and then himself. Four-month-old Zoey Belcher will inherit almost $3 million in life insurance plus NFL annual payments and retirement funds. "Personally,... More »

Video: Police Talk to NFL Player Hours Before Killings

Jovan Belcher was sleeping in car before murder/suicide

(Newser) - Kansas City police have released dash-cam video of their encounter with Chiefs player Jovan Belcher hours before he killed his girlfriend and then himself. Officers responding to a 911 call found him sleeping in his parked car about 3am and woke him up, reports the Kansas City Star . “You... More »

Bob Costas Was Right About Gun Control

'Pathologies' of gun violence, domestic violence need addressing

(Newser) - Bob Costas has been heavily criticized for responding to Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide with a call for better gun control during halftime of Sunday's Eagles-Cowboys game. But in a culture awash in gun violence, Costas was clearly in the right, writes Amy Davidson in the New Yorker . She debunks... More »

Belcher's Baby Wails in Wrenching 911 Call

Also, did Belcher have another girlfriend?

(Newser) - Police released the 911 phone call made by Jovan Belcher 's mother in the moments after the linebacker fatally shot his girlfriend, and it's as wrenching as you'd expect. "Oh my God. Oh my God. Cassie," Cheryl Shepherd sobs over the wails of Belcher's... More »

Belcher Apologized, Kissed Girlfriend as She Lay Dying

Asked team officials to take care of his daughter

(Newser) - As Kasandra Perkins lay mortally wounded on their bed, Jovan Belcher apologized to her and kissed her forehead as his mother rushed into the room, having heard the gunfire just after 8am that fateful morning, police tell the Kansas City Star . Belcher then told his mother he was sorry, kissed... More »

In College, Belcher Punched Window 'Over a Girl'

More details of murder-suicide emerge

(Newser) - Years before this weekend's Jovan Belcher murder-suicide , the future NFL star had a history of conflict with women, according to records released by the University of Maine. Belcher was cited in at least four police reports during his four years at the institution, including two involving a woman, the... More »

Costas' Gun Control Call Stirs Hornet Nest

Halftime speech draws fierce criticism

(Newser) - Bob Costas' response to Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide ruffled a lot of feathers yesterday. Costas used his commentary segment during halftime of yesterday's Cowboys-Eagles game to call for increased gun control, quoting extensively from a column from Kansas City native and Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock. "Our current... More »

NFL's Belcher: Friends Saw No Warning Signs

But girlfriend's family says relationship with Belcher was strained

(Newser) - Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend seemed just like any other couple in the weeks before the murder-suicide over the weekend , their friends say. The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker and Kasandra Perkins argued, but only about "normal couple stuff," a friend who took community college classes with Perkins tells... More »

Chiefs Play On After Belcher Murder-Suicide

'Incredibly tough 24 hours,' says team chairman

(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... More »

NFL Player Kills Girlfriend, Self

Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs is the shooter

(Newser) - Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend this morning and then killed himself, reports the Kansas City Star . Police say the 25-year-old linebacker shot the woman about 8am during an argument at their home—in front of her visiting mother. He then went to Arrowhead Stadium,... More »

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