On December 1st, 2012, Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend, drove himself to the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility and spoke to some of his coaches one last time, thanking them for what they’d done for him. They pleaded with him to not do what he was thinking about doing but once Jovan heard the police sirens, he knelt behind a car, put his gun to his head and fired.
A sad state of affairs especially with Jovan leaving a 3 month old daughter without BOTH parents.
On December 2nd, 2012, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Carolina Panthers 27-21 for their 2nd win of the season and the NFL did a wonderful job of letting the casual viewer know about the strength, courage, determination and heart of the Chief players had to play so soon after that tragic event.
That evening, Bob Costas, during the Sunday night halftime show on NBC, got on his soapbox and give his two cents on the Jovan Belcher matter….
I was with him for the first 30 seconds or so but at the :40 mark, it all went downhill. And fast.
He ended the piece quoting Jason Whitlock:
If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.
Let me answer my question first before I give my opinion on the matter….
Was gun control the biggest issue concerning Jovan Belcher murder of his girlfriend/suicide?
His opinion, or the one he Xeroxed from Jason Whitlock’s article, is something that he’s entitled to. But for him to get up on a platform (such as the Sunday Night Halftime Show), sit there and talk about something he has little understanding of makes me want to vomit.
I do have a certain bias toward Bob Costas. I liked him when I was younger because I hadn’t formed any opinions on the man and felt that he had a good speaking voice. But as I’ve grown up and listened to him talk, I realize he’s a huge prick and comes across as obnoxious and his speaking voice that I thought was so great, is just a tool to talk down to his interviewees and the casual observer of football.
So I was already frowning up my face when I saw him come on the telecast but when i heard his bit on gun culture….
Jovan’s death was not a gun-related issue. Yes, what he did involved a gun for both parts of the equation BUT the bigger issue was whatever was going on with Jovan and not the instrument he used for his death.
I’d be willing to jump on the gun control bandwagon if he was gunned down in or outside the club. Maybe if a home invasion gone wrong. Something involving a shootout or wild police chase. Then, I’d be willing to say Bob Costas had a point here.
But he clearly does not for this particular situation.
Jovan Belcher, as was reported in various articles after his untimely demise, had anger issues. How about we concern ourselves with that particular topic, Bob? How about you say how sad it was that this angry man had no real outlet for his aggression and that him taking out on the mother of his child and then on himself is the true tragedy here?
Costas took the easy way out by going with an overarching theme of gun ownership being an issue. Which comes across to me as an subtle statement about black people and their ownership of guns. Gun culture wasn’t the problem when James Holmes shot up that Dark Knight premiere but now it’s a problem when Jovan Belcher, who is part of one of the biggest grossing businesses in the world, takes his life and the life of his girlfriend?
It’s always interesting to me how certain people in the media try to discuss things that happen with broad brushstrokes when each case is different. Considering what I’ve read about Jovan since his demise, if he didn’t have a gun, there’s no way one can definitely say that both people would be alive today. What if Kasandra had enough bodliy harm that it left her in a coma? What if he’d choked her til she died? Snapped her neck? Hit her with a blunt object in a fit of rage? Let’s say he causes her death with his own hands and doesn’t take his own life. Does he still live then? Wouldn’t the court of law give him the gas chamber/lethal injection?
Stop trying to paint a picture of how things are in society when you have no idea of what life is like, Bob. I know it may not be easy for you to get down to that level but come on down and get to know the real struggle, Bob.
P.S. I wonder if there was someone out there who spoke on the topic of Jovan’s death in a way that could apply to all cultures… ..(FF to the :21 sec mark)
THANK YOU, BRADY QUINN