Jovan Belcher
American football player
Jovan Belcher
Jovan Allen Belcher was an American football linebacker who played for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He grew up in West Babylon, New York and was a standout high school athlete before attending and graduating from the University of Maine, where he played for the Maine Black Bears football team. Belcher was named an All-American twice in college after switching in his junior year from linebacker to defensive end.
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Cultivating a New Type of Sports Coach
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
What is our infatuation with athletes? I think it's because they are physical specimens who can play their sport much, much better than we can. Professional, college, even high school athletes give us an outlet to cheer, scream and vent our personal frustrations with other people who are on the same side as us. The "athlete" has been completely transformed over the past few decades. What started for most players as a way to get some exercise and hang out with friends has morphed into perpetually wondering what ranking they are, even if they're only 9 years old. They wonder, "Will I get a scholarship?" "What AAU team will I play on?" "Can I start playing varsity in 7th grade?" The player's family, friends, community and coaching staff only exacerbate the message. How many times have you heard a parent or family member say, "Oh, we don't care if he gets a scholarship, we just want him to have fun on the court"? In an era when athletes are constantly pressured with unreasonable expecta ...
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When Failure Is Not an Option, the Real Battle Is Off the Field
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Every professional athlete is his/her own brand, and we judge every brand differently. We like to view our athletes through a super-human lens, as if by virtue of athletic success they are somehow immune to depression and other mood disorders. Professional athletes are as susceptible to mental illness as the fans watching from home. But in an "all or nothing" culture where weakness is anything short of the extraordinary, how does an athlete handle mental illness? If an introverted Marshawn Lynch can cause a media frenzy, what are athletes (their brand) to do if they're struggling with real issues? To the everyday sports fan, admirers of the elite athlete, it doesn't get better than a Super Bowl followed by the Olympic Games. As spectators, we'll sit in front of our TVs or in the stands, dreaming of what it would be like to perform at such a high level, physically. Not for a moment will we consider the possibility that our high-performing idols and role models might be one of the six ...
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Police Investigating Death At Arrowhead Stadium After Chiefs-Broncos Game
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One person was killed and three people taken into custody after an altercation Sunday in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium where the Kansas City Chiefs were inside playing the Denver Broncos. Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp told The Associated Press that the incident was being treated as a homicide but that no arrests had been made. Snapp said the victim had returned to his vehicle to find a stranger inside it and a struggle ensued. The victim, a man in his 20s, was found lying unconscious on the pavement, Snapp said. Paramedics began administering first aid before the man was transported to the hospital, where he died. His name was not immediately released. "Talking to several witnesses that were out here in the parking lots, there was an individual who came back to his vehicle, saw someone inside the vehicle that did not belong. A struggle ensued between the two. That's when the individual collapsed," Snapp said. Snapp said the man had his son ...
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Pinkwashing in the NFL: Adrian Peterson and the Tragedy of Child Murder During Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Leaving October 2013 we were struck by how little attention has been given by the NFL towards Domestic Violence Awareness Month (visually: the Purple Ribbon) and especially in contrast to how much attention the NFL gives to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October is both Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month; yet you would never know this as the NFL only promotes Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pink gloves, pink shoes, pink goalposts, pink towels, pink jerseys and even pink "eye-black." There are many problems with this "pinkwashing" but one we point to here is the fact that American Cancer Society receives a pittance of the money that comes to the NFL via the sales of this pink gear to fans and non-fans alike. We are all for this recognition highlighting a form of cancer that each year strikes nearly 300,000 new women and kills approximately 40,000 women. If the U.S. science research community approached the early detection and treatment of brea ...
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The NFL Goes Pink for the Green
Huffington Post - over 3 years
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, has come to an end, and with it ends the NFL's "Crucial Catch Campaign" where players and referees wear pink paraphernalia to urge women to take part in annual screenings. The perception is that the NFL goes pink to make women aware of breast cancer. In reality, the NFL goes pink to make women aware of the NFL. It should be written, first and foremost, that the NFL's Crucial Catch campaign, which is "focused on the importance on annual screenings, especially for women are 40 or older," is doing good. In fact, if just one woman see's a pink towel, or arm band, or shoe, and that flash of color motivates her to get screened, then the entire campaign has been a success. If one life is saved, the ends inarguably justify the means. Those ends do not change the reality that the NFL's Crucial Catch Campaign at its core is motivated by the most despicable of human characteristics. Greed, baby, greed. The "Crucial Catch" website reads: "The NFL, i ...
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Rise of the Kansas City Chiefs
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
The Chiefs have started the season as one of the best teams in the league and are sitting on a 6-0 record that only one other team in the league can boast. On top of a fantastic opening run, Chiefs fans are showing so much pride for their team that they managed to break the loudest crowd roar in an outdoor stadium record that was previously broken by the Seahawks fans last month. But things haven't always been so rosy for Kansas City. In fact it was only last season that they finished with a 2-14 record which was the worst in the league. Really though the record isn't the only issues this team were having and in fact some of the pieces they added this season are also bouncing back from some horrible situations. When you look at everything this team has been through over the last year, you begin to realize as a neutral fan it is very easy to enjoy seeing this teams current season success. So let's have a look at a season that will go down as probably one of the worst in Chiefs his ...
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Andrew Cotto: Charles Barkley Is a Role Model (Sort Of)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Charles Barkley declared in 1993 that he was not a role model. After a career of clumsy comments, it was possibly the most insightful thing he'd said up to that point (even if his intention wasn't to be self-reflective). We as a society don't need wisdom bestowed upon us from young and grotesquely-paid professional athletes. Professional athletes, for the most part, should be seen and not heard. We should focus on what they do (how they compete and comport themselves as professionals) and not what they have to say about matters of social importance. Most athletes' reactions to the George Zimmerman verdict is the latest example of how players fail as pundits or voices of reason. This is especially true when the subject is race. That said, there is a collective voice of clarity emerging from the world of sports. It involves athletes. Sort of. I'm referring to former athletes-turned-media figures who often possess a wisdom and candidness not heard from such figures in any med ...
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POLICE: Colts Player Arrested On Gun Charges
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
WASHINGTON — Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday after officers found a semi-automatic pistol in the car he was riding in, police said. Lefeged was a front-seat passenger in a Chevy Camaro that fled a traffic stop for speeding in northeast Washington just after midnight. Officers smelled marijuana in the car and found a plastic bottle of vodka and orange juice in the center console and a semi-automatic pistol under the front passenger seat, police documents show. A receipt and purchase paperwork showed Lefeged bought the gun this year for about $900, police said. Lefeged and another passenger were caught when they tried to run from the car in different directions, police said. The driver ran away and was not immediately caught. Lefeged was being held without bond at D.C. jail on a weapon charge. He faces a preliminary court hearing Tuesday. A lawyer listed as representing him did not return a call seeking comment Saturday afternoon ...
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Judge Gives Cousin Custody of Belcher's Daughter
NYTimes - over 3 years
A Texas woman was awarded custody Thursday of her 9-month-old orphaned cousin whose mother was killed by former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher late last year before he turned the gun on himself.     
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Custody trial nearing for child in Belcher murder-suicide
USA Today - over 3 years
Half year after LB Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and himself, child's custody at stake
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Barbara Bruno: Media Training for NFL and College Football Players: Sign Us Up!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
In the 21st century, we could all use the kind of media training provided for college football stars and NFL Draft hopefuls. Quick -- describe yourself in pithy, media-friendly sound bytes that will translate into lucrative business deals. Yeah, I couldn't do it either. The days of working at IBM for 40 years and retiring with a pension that will actually fund one's golden years are over. Corporations have proven in this recession that they are happy to fire expensive, experienced employees in favor of younger, cheaper models. Even public sector jobs aren't "safe" in the current budget-battle climate. What used to be known as "office politics" is now a mandatory mainstream part of succeeding in any field. We have multiple bosses to please and our supposedly private ruminations on religion, politics and sex may cost us professional opportunities. Like it or not, we're all the CEO's of our own careers these days. We may not earn his paycheck, but every fan is in the same ...
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Ziba Cranmer: Violence Against Women: What's Sport Got to Do With It?
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
Say "violence against women" in the same sentence as the word "sport" and most people will conjure up thoughts of the Kansas City Chiefs' Jovan Belcher, South Africa's Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius or even O.J. Simpson -- each of whom have been accused of murdering a woman in instances of gender-based violence. It almost seems axiomatic these days that domestic-based violence and sport are intertwined in a toxic way, and unfortunately, it surprises no one. What might surprise, however, is the fact that there is a growing movement that believes sport can be a powerful and positive way to combat gender-based violence. This counter-intuitive view was the focus of several presentations at the United Nations 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) -- an annual ten-day enclave currently ongoing that gathers to evaluate progress and formulate policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide. Amid a rising tide of high-profile cases of gend ...
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Soraya Chemaly: 'I Can't Forget What Happens, But No One Else Remembers'
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
The words below are the full text of a poem by an anonymous rape survivor. Yesterday, they were floated in the Reflecting Pool, with symbolic resonance, between the Lincoln and Washington Memorials in Washington, DC. The letters were put into the pool yesterday afternoon by the guerilla art movement FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Over the course of several weeks, the FORCE team created giant, red styrofoam letters in order to assemble the words. Photo credit: FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture The simple poem illustrates verbally and graphically the isolating and silencing experience of rape in the United States. No need to go into the facts again. There's an epidemic of rape in the United States and globally. It was beautiful and haunting to those who saw it. I was there and spoke to people who, casually sightseeing, stopped to talk and think about what we were quietly doing on a sunny, cold day on the Mall. Along with Holly Kearl, the founder of StopStreetHarassment, I ...
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Jennifer Siebel Newsom: American Football Culture and Sexual Violence
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Co-authored by Imran Siddiquee, Social Media and Communications Director at MissRepresentation.org Steubenville. Notre Dame. Penn State. One cannot talk about American football in 2013 without talking about sexual violence. The past few years have inextricably, and horrifyingly, linked male aggression on the field with male aggression off it. And as we look back on the event for glorifying this most "manly" of sports in America -- the Super Bowl -- it's time to step back and take a look at what our national football obsession could be doing to our collective psyche. We can no longer be naïve enough to think that worshiping at the altar of a sport that thrives on male aggression, physical domination over others, winning regardless of cost, and the complete absence of the feminine, has no impact on how we actually treat men and women day-to-day. If you don't believe that football culture has some influence on larger culture, just look at the types of ads which ...
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Soraya Chemaly: 6 Critical Reasons to Rethink Football and Kids
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Warning: This is a long-read, but not nearly as long as an average Super Bowl. Now that the Superbowl is over, people can focus on what to do about the reality of football-related head injuries and how to manage risks.  If you are an adult athlete, what do you do given the possible economic consequences? If you are a parent of a boy who wants to play football, what do you do? And, football is mainly a boy's sport. Girls have the greatest risk of concussion playing soccer.  Which is part of why I think these are the wrong questions.   Here are some that I think are more important and inclusive of those above: What is it about football culture that makes "playing through the pain" a norm? Why aren't girls playing and why, when they do, is their athleticism made to seem rare and exceptional, when it is not? What makes coaches and parents continue a pee-wee game in which five little boys get concussions? What kind of people are interested in making a 9-year-old girl feel sp ...
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Dr. Peggy Drexler: Why Kids and Religion Mix
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Sam's parents like to say their son was eight when he found God, no real thanks to them. The family was sitting down to dinner one Tuesday evening when Sam asked if they might go around and talk about what each person was thankful for. Sam's mother, Nora, thought this was strange -- they'd never done this before -- but harmless. Until they got to Sam, who said, "Today I am thankful for my cats, television, and especially Jesus, who gives us everything." Nora and her husband were taken aback. They had both grown up Catholic, but had decided to raise Sam and his brother without any sort of religion. They never talked about not believing in Jesus, or God -- the kids were too young for that, Nora thought -- but they didn't talk about believing, either, because, well, neither she nor her husband did. Sam, she realized, must have been getting his information on religion from kids at school, or other families, or maybe TV. While she wasn't sure she wanted to push her atheism onto ...
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WATCH: Bob Costas Speaks On Gun Culture And The NFL With Jon Stewart
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Two months after advocating for gun control legislation in the wake of Kansas City Chiefs Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas is calling out for a closer look at the gun culture in the National Football League. Costas sat down with Jon Stewart for Monday's episode of "The Daily Show" and opened up about being caught in the middle of a gun-control firestorm after he used his halftime report to speak about firearms following the Blecher shooting. Belcher killed his girlfriend then himself on Dec. 1. During Monday's show, Costas spoke to Stewart about how change is really only possible if this country's attitude towards guns is transformed. "Even if every possible common sense bit of legislation was passed, and even if every gun were legally obtained, you'd still have to deal with a gun culture," said Costas. "It's an attitude toward guns." Costas notes that both the violent nature of football and head trauma could be components to violence ...
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APNewsBreak: Custody fight for child of Chiefs player who killed girlfriend, self stays in Mo.
Fox News - about 4 years
Judges have determined that the custody fight over the daughter of dead Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his slain girlfriend will be waged in Missouri, not Texas.
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Jovan Belcher was drunk when he shot girlfriend, autopsy reveals
Fox News - about 4 years
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jovan Belcher
    TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 24
    He was re-signed on March 22, 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 23
    Following the 2011 season, Belcher agreed to tender during the offseason.
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  • 2010
    Age 22
    He recorded 87 tackles. 10 tackles less than his 2010 season.
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  • 2009
    Age 21
    After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Belcher agreed to a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
    More Details Hide Details Belcher became the Chiefs starting Inside Linebacker in the 2011 NFL season.
    Prior to the 2009 NFL Draft, Belcher was considered one of the best “small-school prospects” in the draft and was projected to move back to outside linebacker in the NFL.
    More Details Hide Details He was projected a sixth round draft pick.
  • 2008
    Age 20
    During the 2008 season, Belcher led the Colonial Athletic Association with 17.5 tackles for loss.
    More Details Hide Details He also had 7.5 sacks. He is the fourth multiple time All-American in Maine Black Bears history, following John Huard, Aaron Dashiell and Stephen Cooper.
    Following the 2008 season, Belcher was named first team All American in the Football Championship Subdivision.
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    Belcher was named to the second team pre-season All American team for the Football Championship Subdivision football prior to the 2008 season.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1987
    Born
    Born on July 24, 1987.
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