That much is obvious on the heels of little known Chiefs player J0van Belcher‘s dramatic departure from this earth this past Saturday.
I already bagged on the Star, which couldn’t wait long enough for significant details of the incident to come out, littering instead Monday’s front page with huge headlines followed by meaningless details about Belcher and his girlfriend. Not to mention grossly exaggerating the affect of the incident on Kansas Citians with bogus headlines like “Community Mourns” and “A City United In Sorrow.”
Actually, it was more a case of a city united in morbid curiosity.
On news program after news program Monday CNN implied that Belcher’s rage may have been the result of head trauma suffered from years of hard hits playing football.
On show after show, CNN trotted out TV news shrink Dr. Sanjay Gupta who talked as if head trauma – not drugs, alcohol, ‘roid rage, infidelity or any of a myriad other possibilities – was the likely cause of the incident.
“On the heels of the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chief’s linebacker Jovan Belcher, Gupta offered his insight into the relationships between football, brain injuries, and mental illness,” one story on CNN‘s website reads.
“We don’t really know enough yet to make a considered view I guess of his mental state or anything, but certainly this ongoing issue now of collisions to the head causing some kind of mental breakdown in these players, some form of depression in cases, drinking and so on,” CNN host Piers Morgan asked. “What do you make of this case, as we see again – I mean you’ve done so much on this – do you see again a potential parallel with him?”
“Well you know, I think a lot of people are certainly looking that way,” Gupta shot back. “I’ve already done some research into (Belcher’s) particular story. It’s hard, Piers, as we’ve talked about before on your program, to draw that cause and effect with this. With Jovan in particular, he had a head injury back in 2009 that was documented. Sometimes it can be what we call sub-concussive – these blows where you just get back up. Take a look at that image…”
Whereupon for the umpteenth time Gupta rolled out cartoon brain graphics illustrating that there was a good chance Belcher’s heinous act was caused by brain trauma.
Further early reporting – and not just by CNN– focused on another likely cause. That being that the couple had gotten into an argument after Belcher’s girlfriend, Kassandra Perkins came home late after a Trey Songz concert.
Now of course we know from Kansas City Police that it was Belcher who was the one out on the prowl Friday night.
The Chiefs player spent the evening and early morning hours partying in the Power & Light District, driving drunk to another woman’s apartment (that he told police was his girlfriend), passing out wasted in his car for two hours and then crashing at the apartment instead of going home to the house he shared with Perkins, his mother and his three month old daughter.
Perkins staying out until 1 a.m. and brain trauma weren’t the likely causes of the dispute that resulted in Belcher’s cowardly act of shooting his girlfriend “three or four times,” according to police.
Getting called out by Perkins for ongoing, blatant infidelity was more likely the culprit.
That and Belcher’s mightier than thou attitude. Who knows what kind of drugs that may or may not have been in his system (what are the odds of police checking for steroids?). That combined with Belcher’s ghetto/gangsta attitude and penchant for firearms more likely fueled his ridiculous rage.
“You can’t talk to me like that!” Belcher shouted at Perkins before shooting her.
Think about the arrogance and lack of basic human values in that single sentence.
After coming home from an all-night bender from his girlfriend’s apartment Belcher was pissed enough to kill the 22 year-old mother of his child for daring to confront him about his infidelity.
Man, that must have really aggravated Belcher’s brain trauma.