Report: Jovan Belcher Showed Signs Of CTE

Jovan Belcher's brain showed signs of CTE, according to newly released information in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Chiefs after the 25-year-old linebacker shot and killed his girlfriend before committing suicide in 2012. Belcher's brain was examined a year after his death, when his body was exhumed for… » 9/29/14 1:59pm 9/29/14 1:59pm

Patrick Hruby parses through the issues in the wrongful death action filed by Jovan Belcher's mother. It is an information grab on Cheryl Shepherd's part like he says, but the NFLPA probably has a hand in it, too. [Sports on Earth] » 1/04/14 3:30pm 1/04/14 3:30pm

Jovan Belcher's Mother Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Chiefs

Cheryl Shepherd, mother of the deceased Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against the Chiefs, claiming that the team was directly responsible for Belcher's mental health deteriorating. » 1/02/14 11:31pm 1/02/14 11:31pm

UMaine Would Like To Pretend Jovan Belcher Was Never A Black Bear

The banner below currently hangs at the University of Maine's Alfond Stadium, proudly displaying the names and likenesses of some of UMaine's former players that made it to the NFL. A similar banner has been displayed for several years but according to a reader it was updated this year to remove the name and picture… » 11/30/13 3:10pm 11/30/13 3:10pm

Custody Battle Over Baby Orphaned By Jovan Belcher's Murder-Suicide

When Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before killing himself last December, the saddest consequence was that little Zoey Michelle Belcher would be left without parents. Relatives of both Belcher and Perkins have staked custody claims, and they can't agree on who deserves to… » 6/10/13 7:06pm 6/10/13 7:06pm

Retired NFL Players Are Depressed And Don't Even Know It: Study

The most striking aspects of the new head-trauma study of former NFL players published in JAMA Neurology are not the formal findings per se. In many ways, those merely quantify and validate suspicions that even casual fans likely hold. The rub is that 40 percent of the retired players that researchers in Texas… » 2/05/13 12:15pm 2/05/13 12:15pm

Autopsy: Jovan Belcher's Blood-Alcohol Content Was .17 When He Killed…

Jovan Belcher's autopsy report has been released, and it reveals that his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit at the time of his death. Recall that a sleeping Belcher was pulled from his running car outside of Brittini Glass's apartment by Kansas City police officers at 3 a.m. on the morning of… » 1/14/13 2:20pm 1/14/13 2:20pm

Report: Jovan Belcher's Mother Told Police There Was An Argument About…

We knew Jovan Belcher's mother was there on the morning the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker murdered his girlfriend before he drove to the team's practice facility and killed himself. We also knew she had heard an argument and that she had called 911 call to report that Kasandra Perkins had been shot. Now, the New York… » 12/14/12 10:05am 12/14/12 10:05am

Bristolmetrics: ESPN Covered A Meaningless Monday Night Football Game

This is a regular feature breaking down, minute-by-minute, the content that appears on ESPN's 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter throughout the week. » 12/13/12 6:00pm 12/13/12 6:00pm

You Can Blow Smoke About A Crime Problem, But NFL Players Are…

This morning, Jeffri Chadiha wrote a piece for ESPN about the attention that must be paid to the "dirtiest of the NFL's little secrets"—drunken driving, domestic violence and guns: » 12/09/12 2:25pm 12/09/12 2:25pm

The Last Tackle Of Jovan Belcher's Life Left Him Shaken Up

Last week, a friend of Jovan Belcher's told us that "if you review the footage of the Cincinnati game [Belcher] took a few hits to the head directly" and described how, after that game, Belcher "was dazed and was suffering from short term memory loss." » 12/09/12 11:35am 12/09/12 11:35am

"I Have To Deal With My Other Girl, Man," Jovan Belcher Says In Police…

In the video, police walk up to Belcher's car, tap on his windows, and talk with him about his job ("What position do you play?"), whether he would be driving anywhere else, and what his plans were for the night. The sound starts at 4:56, whereupon Belcher assures the first officer that he didn't steal the car, and… » 12/08/12 9:45am 12/08/12 9:45am

The Last 12 Hours Of Jovan Belcher's Life: What We Know So Far

We're still getting new and revised details about the timeline of events leading up to Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide. Below is everything we know so far, based on a number of media reports, police statements, and other sources. » 12/06/12 4:10pm 12/06/12 4:10pm

Bob Costas: The Shill Becomes A Journalist [UPDATE]

Taking potshots at Bonnie Bob Costas, America's premier sports broadcaster, is a national pastime almost as popular as the spectacles he fronts. And why not? In these cheesy and uncertain times, he seems too comfortable, too confident and, at 60, too cute. He does his job better than you will ever do yours, dude. If… » 12/05/12 10:15am 12/05/12 10:15am

Troy Vincent On Jovan Belcher, And How Athletes Can Lack Coping Skills

Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: The league's VP of player development addresses the latest tragedy. » 12/04/12 6:15pm 12/04/12 6:15pm

SI: Jovan Belcher And Kasandra Perkins Had A House Full Of Guns, And…

Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins kept "about eight guns" in their house and liked to go shooting together, according to a new report from Sports Illustrated. SI talked to Reggie Paramoure, a former teammate of Belcher's at Maine, and Paramoure provided them with a text-message exchange he had with Belcher on Friday… » 12/04/12 3:30pm 12/04/12 3:30pm

Haunting New Details Emerge In The Jovan Belcher Murder-Suicide

The Kansas City Star has an exclusive story with chilling new details concerning the final moments of both Kasandra Perkins and Jovan Belcher, gleaned from multiple police sources as the investigation continues. » 12/04/12 2:49am 12/04/12 2:49am

2006 Police Report: Jovan Belcher Punched Through A Window

CBS's Mike Freeman has tracked down documents from the University of Maine—where Belcher earned a degree in child development—that appear to confirm a story related by one of our commenters on Saturday, when news of the Belcher murder-suicide first surfaced. » 12/03/12 9:54pm 12/03/12 9:54pm