December 2, 2012
Did head injuries play role in Belcher murder-suicide?
NY Post - Kansas City Chiefs linebacker and former Long Island high-school star Jovan Belcher was allegedly battling football-related head injuries and booze, painkiller and domestic problems when he snapped and murdered his girlfriend before killing himself in front of two coaches Saturday.
...Kansas City Chiefs running back Jovan Belcher battled head injuries, drugs and alcohol before he snapped and killed his girlfriend Michele Perkins, friends said.
It didn’t help that he was drinking every day and taking painkillers while dealing with the effects of debilitating head injuries, the friend said.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said today that Belcher was "a player who had not had a long concussion history.’’
Daily Mail, UK - The friend adds that many of their recent arguments focused on Perkins failing college classes Belcher paid for and quitting her retail job, as well as telling Belcher that she was leaving him and would find a lawyer to 'get as much money as possible' from the football player.
And Belcher may have reacted to all this differently if he wasn't messed up from booze, meds, and taking shots to the head on the field.
'When it comes to prescription medication it is unclear from my perspective whether it was diagnosed and authorized by the team or not,' the friend wrote. 'However I know he was under the influence of narcotics for pain and I'm sure the toxicology report will reflect this. However, Jovan drank alot. On a nightly basis. This is not a mystery as he did so in public and private.
'When it comes to his concussions; if you review the footage of the Cincinnati game he took a few hits to the head directly [...] he was dazed and was suffering from short term memory loss. He could not remember the events that had taken place prior to that game or what he had said to get Kasi to return home.'
.... Whilst at UMaine he was part of MAAV which describes itself as an ‘effort to involve men so that we can begin to understand that violence is very much a ‘man’s issue.’’
It supports the White Ribbon campaign in which male athletes wear a white ribbon as a public display of their stand against violent men.
Among the promotional posters are some with football players which have slogans like: ‘Join the huddle. Work together to end violence’ and ‘Stand tough against violence’.
Belcher himself has even spoken about his respect for women which he developed because his father was never around.
In a 2008 interview he said: ‘My mother is a hardworking woman.
‘To see her overcome some things and succeed, it makes me look at things and say, ‘this isn’t even hard.’
‘I didn’t really have a father figure, so they provided nice guidance for me.