Crennel on win: “It takes our minds off our misery”

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Beating the Panthers will be a temporary relief for the Chiefs.

But it was all they could do today.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel didn’t want to delve too deeply into the events of Saturday — when linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself — but said the escape was helpful.

“I thought that was the best thing we could do,” Crennel said, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today. “If for no other reason it takes our minds off our misery for a few hours.”

The day was difficult for the Chiefs from an emotional standpoint. They left Belcher’s locker intact, but didn’t name him during a pregame announcement.

“There’s really nothing you can do to prepare for this,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said before the game. “It’s tough, and, again, I come back to the fact that the guys rally around each other to make it through the day.”

But they also know it’s temporary.

“It might not be over for some time for a lot of the guys,” Crennel said, alluding to the grieving that’s yet to come.

5 responses to “Crennel on win: “It takes our minds off our misery”

  1. Difficult to imagine what Crennel seen and then had to forget about. Tough situation. Selfish, cowardly act by Jovan.

  2. Everybody is a victim. The players & coaches are as they lost somebody they knew and saw somebody. The families of those directly involved are obviously victims.

  3. That has to be hard for the Chiefs staff, as far as what to say. You obviously mourn the loss of a friend and teammate, regardless of the reason. But in this case, how do you do that while being respectful for the other life he took? I’m sympathetic to those who are depressed (or otherwise mentally unstable), and I don’t like to judge people, but when they take someone else with them, it clouds the waters quite a bit.

  4. I’m missing something, Belcher is a murderer. Treat his memory as such and pay your respects to the poor family that got a call yesterday saying their daughter had been murdered.

    Classic Kansas City, they’ll try to make some sort of hero out of this guy.

    Plain and simple – Murderer.

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