December 01, 2012
Reports of a shooting at Chiefs' practice facility, NFL advises Panthers to travel as planned
There are multiple reports out of Kansas City that a Kansas City Chiefs player killed his girlfriend and then drove to the team's practice facility and killed himself.
KCTV5 reports the first shooting happened at 8 a.m. today. The name of the player in question has not been released.
“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning," read a statement on the Chiefs' official website. "We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation."
The Carolina Panthers are scheduled to play the Chiefs at 1 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The Panthers were told by the league to travel to Kansas City as planned.
Interim general manager Brandon Beane told the Observer's Joseph Person that the NFL has advised the team to travel as planned, and the team's charter plane is scheduled to leave from Charlotte at 1:15 p.m on Saturday.
Update (12:10 p.m.): The Kansas City Police Department has confirmed the player was Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher.
KCPD confirms #Chiefs player involved in murder/suicide was Jovan Belcher.— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) December 1, 2012
SI.com writer Don Banks spoke to a league source who said the decision to have the Panthers fly to Kansas City today isn't that big of a deal.
"If the Panthers have to fly back from Kansas City without having played the game, it's not that big of an issue to deal with,'' the source told Banks. "We'd rather take the time to think through all the ramifications.''
Posted by Observer Sports on December 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM | Permalink