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Agent remembers Jovan Belcher as “a happy, proud father”

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Many people who knew Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher are expressing shock today at the news that he shot and killed his girlfriend before killing himself.

Belcher’s agent, Joe Linta, told Peter King of SI.com that it’s inconceivable that Belcher — who seemed to love the 3-month-old daughter he had with his girlfriend — could do something like this.

Jovan was a happy, proud father, with pictures of his baby on his Facebook page,” Linta said. “This is shocking. Something went crazy wrong, and we’ll probably never know what it is.”

Belcher shot himself in front of team officials including Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel. Linta also represents Crennel, and he said he believes Crennel will be able to coach the Chiefs through his grief as they play their regularly scheduled game against the Panthers on Sunday.

“Life doesn’t hand you roses all the time,” Linta said. “But Romeo is a salt-of-the-earth kind of person who will rely on his faith and his determination to do what he has to do, to do what’s right. He will know what to say to his team, because he always knows what to say.”

In leading his team through this, Crennel faces as daunting a task as any coach could possibly imagine.

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27 Responses to “Agent remembers Jovan Belcher as “a happy, proud father””
  1. greenspartan8 says: Dec 1, 2012 5:29 PM

    You can say what you want about romeo’s coaching ability and what not, but there is no questioning the type of man crennel is and the honor and tenacity he has.

  2. source7769 says: Dec 1, 2012 5:42 PM

    God bless the mother who watched her daughter get murdered by this troubled man

  3. zengreaser says: Dec 1, 2012 5:45 PM

    This story has been eating at me all day. I didn’t know anyone involved in this tragedy personally, nor am I a Chiefs fan, but my heart is broken for the baby, the Belcher family, the family of Jovan’s girlfriend, & all Chiefs fans. May God be with you all. Much love.

    - ZenGreaser

  4. jiggy3198 says: Dec 1, 2012 5:46 PM

    God bless all those who have suffered.

  5. j0esixpack says: Dec 1, 2012 5:50 PM

    You can say what you want about Crennel as a successful coach – but he cares deeply about the guys he coaches.

    Win or lose, I can’t think of anyone better able to help a grieving team than him at this juncture.

  6. bharr170 says: Dec 1, 2012 5:59 PM

    Remember to keep Romeo and the others who saw the incident in your prayers too. That’s a terrible incident they will never be able to forget witnessing.

  7. moerawn says: Dec 1, 2012 6:10 PM

    Wow, how do you do game prep after this.

  8. endzone says: Dec 1, 2012 6:13 PM

    Words are always pitifully inadequate in the face of such senseless tragedy. But to the family of Javon Belcher, his girlfriend, and all in the KCC organization, we are so deeply sorry for your terrible loss. May they both rest in peace.

  9. milwaukeeraider says: Dec 1, 2012 6:19 PM

    this is one of the most disturbing things I have read in a long time, if not my life. God Bless the child in this situation who will never get to know why this happened.

  10. bostonbias says: Dec 1, 2012 6:39 PM

    Prayers go out the baby that lost both parents today.

  11. groleo45 says: Dec 1, 2012 6:41 PM

    More proof that wealth and fame do not buy happiness.

    Thoughts to the families and the entire Cheifs organization.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Dec 1, 2012 7:01 PM

    This is just awful. The child doesn’t deserve this kind of a start with no Mom or Dad. Just disgraceful.

  13. relaunche says: Dec 1, 2012 7:04 PM

    Romeo Crennel has to be a very strong man to be coaching tomorrow… what a horrible thing to go through. I know I could not do it.. God bless all family and friends involved.

  14. nokoolaidcowboy says: Dec 1, 2012 7:08 PM

    Both teams should agree to not play tomorrow and the NFL should mark this one a tie. I know the NFL is a business but neither team is playoff bound.

    RIP Ms. Perkins…

  15. mtheparrothead says: Dec 1, 2012 7:11 PM

    This athletes last act as a person was being selfish. True gentleman indeed. Lets not forget, he’s still a murderer as well. All the best wishes for this child.

  16. xxwhodatxx says: Dec 1, 2012 7:14 PM

    How selfish can a person be?? To leave his own kid without parents, what a jerk.

  17. darthhitman77 says: Dec 1, 2012 7:24 PM

    Thoughts and prayers with his daughter and the Chiefs.

  18. nyangl23 says: Dec 1, 2012 8:13 PM

    Prayers to the families of both victims, Crennel, Pioli & the all the KC chiefs folks,but especially to their daughter. Oh and people, keep any negative comments to yourself it’s not needed nor is it funny.

  19. ashutto20 says: Dec 1, 2012 8:41 PM

    I cant imagine having seen first hand the tragedy that took place today and just over 24hrs later have to coach a football game

  20. bigdingyguy says: Dec 1, 2012 9:34 PM

    First of all, God bless Jovan and his family. I am not a KC fan, nor a fan of Jovan Belcher… I am however, a fan of human life. Despite his obvious relationship and psychological issues, nobody deserved to die on Saturday. As a Dolphins fan, best wishes to the Chiefs organization and fanbase.

  21. higgy1 says: Dec 1, 2012 9:40 PM

    Please lets not forget this happy proud man also MURDERED his child’s mother. also left that same child with no parents at all !! lets not make a saint out of this man.

  22. thearvidian says: Dec 2, 2012 12:30 AM

    hey belcher, you suck!

  23. gadzod says: Dec 2, 2012 12:44 AM

    I hate to say this, but I guess he wasn’t proud enough to be a father. The one affected the most will be his daughter. She will now have never known her father or mother. Horrible…..I’ll pray for his daughter and the mother, as well as his mother.

  24. dannyreneau says: Dec 2, 2012 1:20 AM

    Still can’t believe this happened right in front of Crennel and Pioli. Say what you will about these two, but nobody deserves to witness a tragedy like this.

  25. butteredsanta says: Dec 2, 2012 3:05 AM

    God Bless Romeo in this difficult time. May your faith guide you

  26. staffordsyear says: Dec 2, 2012 5:03 AM

    My thoughts are with you Kansas city fans.

    Signed, a lions fan.

  27. myspaceyourface says: Dec 2, 2012 8:26 AM

    Very sad, very selfish act.

    Especially when children are involved.

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