have no answer. Neither does Derek Flood, which is why he writes in
questions. Not to mention that there isn’t a doctor alive, at least a
credible one, who will say there is a positive causal link between brain
disease from repetitive head trauma and murder.
From former Democratic congressional candidate Kevin Powell
on CNN.com, trying to link the shootings to Belcher’s concept of
manliness “in the supersized macho world of football.” As Powell sees
it, the nine bullets pumped into Kasandra Perkins
had less to do with
Belcher’s inherent violence and more to do with what the 25-year-old
thought it meant to be a man. In other words, talk is for punks. Or as
Powell writes: “The lives of Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins will
have been in vain completely if we do not go deeper within ourselves to
teach and show our sons, our husbands, our fathers, our men and boys,
that there is another way.”
You can’t make this shit up.
From my friend Jason Whitlock
in his column written the night of the shootings for FoxSports.Com:
the coming days, Belcher’s actions will be analyzed through the lens of
concussions and head injuries. Who knows? Maybe brain damage triggered
his violent overreaction to a fight with his girlfriend. What I believe
is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both
be alive today.”
This is my own pop psychology 101, but I will hazard a guess that
Belcher would have beaten her to death instead, or stabbed her.
On and on it goes, writer after writer, until we might as well face it, folks:
were the ones who made Belcher a murderer. It was our fault, or his
or his teammates’ fault, or the scoreboard operator’s
fault, or somebody’s goddam fault, not caring about him enough, not
seeing the signs, not preventing him from owning a gun, not sitting down
to have a heart-to-heart with him and explain that killing someone in
cold blood is not a good thing.
we should all be ashamed of ourselves. We should be offering prayers
for the dearly departed Jovan Belcher, hoping that he will forgive us
for making him a killer.
only thing that might mitigate our culpability are the facts as the
police have released them thus far. They depict Belcher not as what
writers want him to be, but as he actually was.
The police account shows that Belcher owned several guns, which in my
mind indicates that he was prone to violent tendencies far beyond
(According to Sports Illustrated,
Belcher owned eight of them, ranging from handguns to assault rifles)....
According to a study by the Violence Policy Center (PDF
there were an estimated 1,300 murder-suicides in the United States in
—more than 90 percent involving women killed by men before killing
I doubt the perpetrators in any of these cases either
suffered from repetitive head injuries or had anyone trying to excuse
their actions by saying they suffered from repetitive head injuries. I
doubt you could have prevented the killing of their female partners by
redefining their sense of manliness.
perpetrators were impulsively violent and willing to kill.
Belcher was exactly the same, except for the fact that he was a pro
football player and subject to more notoriety. Because he was young, and
because he had a nice backstory of being an undrafted player making his
way to become a starting linebacker for the Chiefs, his hideous actions
have received unseemly sympathy.
He wasn’t a
victim of anything, regardless of all the attempts by the media to find
a deeper message. It is absurd to blame the NFL; I don’t care if he had
a hundred concussions. He was a monster, and who cares whether he was
quiet or loud or happy or sad. He shot Kasandra Perkins nine times. He
left his tiny daughter with no parents. Then he went to the Chiefs’
practice facility and forced head coach Romeo Crennel and general
manager Scott Pioli to be there when he killed himself, subjecting them
to permanent psychic scars and the guilt of not saving him.
to find some underlying explanation
for the acts of this monster only
further glorifies him. He is gone, and it is good he is gone, and there
is nothing more that needs to be said about him." via Lucianne