That’s a given.
But most of the reactions from Kansas City Chiefs players and staff following the horrific Jovan Belcher murder-suicide left me a little confused.
“I don’t think anyone ever imagines waking up the day before a game, and getting informed that a player, a leader on your team, has something so tragic happen like that,” said Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn after the team won its second game of the year barely 24 hours removed from Belcher’s alleged heinous acts.
Let’s be clear – Belcher didn’t have something tragic happen to him.
His girlfriend and all the other people he affected did.
“We wanted to make sure we honored both families,” said Chiefs owner Clark Hunt of the pre-game moment of silence – that did not include any mention of Belcher specifically.
“You just can imagine what (the two families) are going through right now, and as a team, we lost a brother,” said Chiefs player Derrick Johnson. “It’s going to take time and life goes on, but we lost a good one.”
I’m just asking here – but should someone who did what Belcher did, ever again be considered “a good one?”
I understand that everyone in the Chiefs organization is saying they didn’t see any warning signs, that Belcher was a great teammate, always on time and always a hard worker.
But where is the condemnation of his brutal crime?
Some of his teammates wore tee shirts honoring him.
How high does the body count need to go before the locker room code gives way to reality?