Less than 24 hours after watching one of his player’s shoot himself in the head in front of the team’s headquarters, Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel will coach a fooball game.
There has to be something wrong with that right? We have to wonder: What would it take to prompt the NFL to postpone a game? We now know that one of its players murdering someone less than 24-hours before a matchup then killing himself in front of his team’s headquarters, coach and general manager won’t do it. And if that can’t stop a game what can? Crennel’s post game press conference should be quite interesting.
You would think the location of Belcher’s suicide alone, Arrowhead Statium, would have stopped today’s game. After this shameful and embarrassing blunder, team owner Clark Hunt would do well to figure out a scholarship for the orphaned 3 month old Zoe. Let’s see if they could at least get that part right. Outside of being a Chief’s linebacker, do the lives of Kassandra Perkins, 22, and Jovan Belcher, 25, mean anything?
Yesterday a statement from the Chiefs read: “The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy,” and those affected by this “unthinkable tragedy.” Who are they kidding? Do anyone truly believe that continuing as if nothing happened demonstrates deep sadness and sympathy?
“Football is our God,” wrote sportswriter Jason Whitlock this morning. “There’s just no way this game should be played,” he added. What does that say about the importance of the life of one of the team’s players as compared to a meaningless game? Just as we pretend not to notice
No one has a deep need to watch the bottom of the barrel Kansas City Chiefs (3-8) and the Carolina Panthers (2-9) play football. Their playing today has zero meaning other than as a statement of general disregard to the importance of human life. Yes, there will be a moment of silence. Yes, you’ll see players bow in prayer. But what you should see is a true reaction that would indicate that human life is sacred and important.
“It should come as no surprise that Crennel, Chiefs players, Pioli, owner Clark Hunt and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell quickly agreed not to delay Sunday’s football congregation at Arrowhead Stadium,” said Whitlock.
He’s right. After all, Kansas City is in the same nation that ignores 400 people being shot dead in Chicago in 10 months. It shouldn’t be surprising that the game goes on.
“This is part of the tragedy of urban living in this country,” Kansas City Mayor Sly James told reporters at Arrowhead yesterday. “Handguns all over the place, people blowing themselves away, and others. At some point we have to get a handle on this kind of stuff. We are not doing a good job of it.”