KCTV is reporting Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend then drove to the Chiefs practice facility where he committed suicide. Reports from the scene by 610 KCSP said Belcher was confronted by Chiefs coaches in the parking lot as he arrived to the stadium facilities where he turned the gun on himself as the police arrived while talking to GM Scott Pioli and Coach Romeo Crennel.
According to local affiliate KNBC at the scene, police had responded to domestic disturbance at the home Belcher shared with his girlfriend and their three month old baby. The girlfriend’s mother was the home at the time of the incident and told police Belcher had shot her daughter.
The Chiefs said in a statement, “We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
Belcher was a four-year veteran for the Chiefs, signing as a rookie free agent in 2009 after going undrafted out of the University of Maine.
The NFL has told the Carolina Panthers to travel to Kansas City because as of now, the game is still set to kickoff tomorrow afternoon.
UPDATE: 2:21 ET
Kansas City Chiefs Chairman and CEO has released a full statement:
“The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted.”
We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization.”
UPDATE: 6:31 ET
CBS Sports Mike Freeman is reporting the players want to play tomorrow:
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith had a lengthy conversation about whether the Chiefs should play Sunday. The union was on board. The union had been in extensive talks with Chiefs union reps and a general sentiment emerged from the players that they should play.
A source close to the situation said the prevailing notion among those players was that football would be a cure to the pain, not a distraction.