It's so sad that Jovan Belcher, Kansas City Chiefs star, was driven to kill his girlfriend and then himself.
It's a tragedy that has reverberated through the entire NFL and all its fans.
"What is so disturbing for a lot of us is the tragedy that a young man seemingly thought there was no other way to go on and the only way out was to shoot his girlfriend multiple times and then turn the gun on himself. There was a murder, there was a woman who was killed and there is a child who is now going to grow up an orphan, and ask: 'Where's my mom, where's my dad?'"
Apparently, since Jovan's child was born, he and his girlfriend were fighting more and more often.
He was upset that she was going out so much, leaving the baby at home as we previously mentioned.
The agent continued:
"Each team needs counselors that the players can talk to if they are going through a personal crisis like this. The coaches always say 'call me if you have any problems and need to talk,' but realistically these are all competitive men and they know if they do there is a risk that they will be deemed unfit to play, and if that happens there's the risk that someone else will take their place on the team, and football means the world to them."
So it's a real catch 22 for players with problems.
Maybe there's something they really want their coach to know but don't want to risk their starting position.
The agent advises they get on-team counselors, saying:
"There should be therapists who they can trust that have no input as to whether they play on Sunday or not, no matter what they are going through. There needs to be more emphasis on domestic violence, relationships and family therapy.
Set up some kind of 24 hour counseling service that players have access to where the information is held confidential so they at least feel like they have a lifeline and can talk it out. Tell them that 'before you even consider doing anything stupid then call this number.' This isn't the first or last day of your life, but unfortunately that's what these players are often told before going on the field and that's how they treat every game."
This guy has some good idea!
The NFL should look into implementing an infrastructure like this so players always have somewhere to turn.
Let's hope something like this never happens again.
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