Some people just can't allow a tragedy to be what it is, some people just have to politicize it.
Former Obama Chief of Staff and now current Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel said that "a crisis is a terrible thing to waste". We hear stories on the local news from time to time about people who kill a loved one and then commit suicide afterwards. These murders are always senseless and a tragic waste of life. You all have probably heard about the murder suicide committed by former linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs Jovan Belcher. He killed his girlfriend 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins Saturday in their home then drove to the Chief's training facility to thank Coach Romeo Crennel and the General Manager Scott Pioli for giving his a chance to play, then he pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head right in front of them. There are so many sad angles to this story. First and foremost, a three month old baby girl is now going to grow up without a mother and father and probably will be emotionally scared knowing how her parents died when she grows up. Second, Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli are going to have to live with the image of a man killing himself right in front of their eyes to the day they die. Third, the parents, friends and family of both Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins have to live with the emotional pain of trying to understand why did this have to happen. And last but not least, the story itself over the loss of life of Kasandra Perkins and the turmoil with Jovan which made him snap in the first place. When I saw the story Saturday evening, I immediately thought back to the suicide by former San Diego Charger Junior Seau which happened just a few months ago back in May. Junior's suicide popped into my head, because it has been said that psychological issues caused by concussions may have played a major role in his suicide an previous attempts.. The issue of concussions have become front and center news in the NFL and in the world of contact sports. It was a natural conclusion to immediately ponder whether head injuries were the reason behind the murder suicide by Jovan. I might be right. I'm not going to got any deeper into this story, because I have to switch gears. I talked about a crisis being a terrible thing to waste originally. Well it didn't take long for this tragedy to have been politically exploited.
During the Sunday Night football broadcast between the Eagles and the Giants, sports broadcaster Bob Costsas made a 90 second segment in which he quoted from a column by FOX Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, with Costas making the following absurd and ridiculous statement.
'In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.''
The sports media is sad to say just as progressive as the supposed news media is. So it isn't shocking that the gun debate would be drawn into a situation where is has no place. It's absurd, childish, stupid and beyond naive to think nor even say that Kasandra and Jovan would still be alive if Jovan didn't have a gun. Who's dumb enough besides Bob and Jason to believe that the only was a person can kill others and themselves is with a gun? Bob is a sportscaster, yet he must have forgotten that Junior Seau tried to commit suicide in 2010 by "driving his car off of a cliff".Did it ever occur to Jason and Bob and others who think like them that if Jevon was mentally sound, he may have never snapped and did what he did in the first place? There was a story reported from the website Deadspin in which a friend of Jovan said that Jevon was "dazed, suffering from short-term memory loss” Also, after his last start; alcohol, painkillers, domestic tensions played a role In Murder. Once the medical examiner finishes his or her work, the truth will be known. While others who are clueless and shallow and are not grounded in reality as to highlight that a gun was used in this murder-suicide, others with common sense are more concerned into how did this happen in the first place. Just last year, Dave Duerson who was a player for the Chicago Bears shot himself in the chest. He left a note to his family requesting that his brain be donated to the "Study of Football Head Injuries". This is what people like Bob Costsas and others should be talking about. What is causing NFL players to use a gun in the first place to take their own lives and in the case of Jovan the life of another.