Update to the story from the NYPost....
Ok, so the mental health issue is settled, turns out he was just a drinker, pill popper, and out of control 25 yr old, that snapped and murdered his girl friend.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.’’
Belcher, 25, and Perkins, 22, had argued for the last time when she returned home late from a concert Saturday morning. But the Belcher friend said the concert was only a “tipping point.”
“This was the result of a long-term conflict,” the pal said. “She made it clear that she was leaving and would contact a lawyer’’ to fight for custody and child support.
Chiefs linebacker Belcher struggled with head injuries, alcohol and painkillers before he snapped and killed girlfriend: report - NYPOST.com
Another domestic violence story. Well, at least then he saved us the money of prosecuting, and jailing him for life.
Then that is what it was. I just wasn't prepared to jump on the condemnation wagon so quickly.
Just amazing that one who reaches the NFL which was probably a dream of his from childhood and once he makes it he throws everything away.
My heart goes out to the two families and especially the child who lost both parents.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
I don't understand either why some who choose suicide decide to take out their loved ones first, but there are many reasons ranging from fear that they won't be able to go on alone to punishing others.
I mean, you don't even know why this young man killed himself after murdering his girlfriend. You're assuming that he did it because he was too cowardly to face the legal music. You don't know any of this.
And none of us do and maybe never will. Here are some facts, though. His mother had moved in to help take care of the baby. Sounds generous to me. She's also the one who called the cops after Perkins (the girlfriend/mother of Zoey) was shot. Sounds responsible to me.
Neighbors reported Belcher peeling out in his Bentley. Imagine being 25 and driving a car like that...might skew your perceptions and inflate your ego a bit. The couple had been fighting a lot, and Belcher was furious that Perkins had gone out to a concert and not returned home until after 1 in the morning. I've read multiple accounts of her threatening to leave him, and this is a classic domestic-violence scenario.
Anyway, a 3-month old baby has lost both her parents, an innocent woman is dead, and a 25-year old who clearly didn't have the maturity to handle the "slings and arrows" of ordinary life and its frustrations found a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
So maybe Belcher was a spoiled, immature brat. But you have just a whole lotta nerve sitting in judgment of this guy who was still just a kid and may have had substance-abuse/party problems. It's a tragedy all-around, but condemning the parents doesn't exactly make you look reasonable either.
On another note...does anyone else seem to think this is happening waay to much lately in pro sports...suicides I mean...what the hell is going on...its not like these people are poor they are making major bucks...im not getting it...ok this was a crime of passion but still theres some mental breakdown going on here