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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:29 PM

Sucks to be Kasandra Perkins

Sports journalism gets weird when forced to cover life "outside the lines."

The Kansas City Chiefs player who murdered Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his child, turns out to be the greatest guy you could ever hope to know.

A really good guy... an inspiring guy... spiritual and wise... one of those guys who improved the lives of everyone he touched...


As long as he didn't kill you first.


The sporting press consensus seems to be that tragedy befell this man... a bolt from the blue. He had the bad luck to intentionally gun down the mother of his child... could happen to any of us.


This feature of sports journalism comes up in various contexts. It isn't only about minimizing domestic violence--there are always shadings, of course, but the story would play out roughly the same if a player beat an old man to death and ate him.

People outside sports do not exist in sports journalism except insofar as they affect sports, and all sports figures are presumed to be good because the whole conceit of the thing is that sports is about character. Everyone who excels must have superior character.








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Reply Sucks to be Kasandra Perkins (Original post)
cthulu2016 Dec 2012 OP
brewens Dec 2012 #1
MadHound Dec 2012 #4
cthulu2016 Dec 2012 #5
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #8
SammyWinstonJack Dec 2012 #2
Are_grits_groceries Dec 2012 #3
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #10
exboyfil Dec 2012 #6
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #9
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #7
xmas74 Dec 2012 #11
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #13
xmas74 Dec 2012 #14
xmas74 Dec 2012 #15
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #12

Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:36 PM

1. The Chiefs should forfeit and cancel that game today. I could see playing and some

of this inspiration talk had he only killed himself. Bury that guy face down and never speak his name again.

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Response to brewens (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:46 PM

4. Well, first off, this wasn't solely the Chief's decision,

 

But rather the NFL's and specifically the commissioner's decision.

Second of all, as more and more of this is coming out, it looks like it was football itself that contributed to this tragedy, specifically the brain trauma that Belcher incurred just a few weeks ago.
http://deadspin.com/5964917/source-belchers-girlfriend-was-threatening-to-sue-for-child-support-belcher-had-been-concussed-drinking-and-taking-pain-medication?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

So much for that much vaunted kindness, compassion and understanding that Democrats are supposed to exhibit.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:53 PM

5. Not all Democrats are trying to win a self-parody contest

There are always contributing factors, every time anyone murders anyone.

So what?


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Response to MadHound (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 02:12 PM

8. Local media said the NFL let the players decide what to do.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:41 PM

2. Thank you.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:42 PM

3. There is a post about

the fact he had head trauma, was on pain med, and drank too much. That is a recipe for disaster.
Nobody does have a bad thing to say about him and this goes back to high school. He doesn't have a history of violence.
I think he snapped for some reason. I don't think he's a psychopath. I think he wasn't thinking rationally and he had a gun. Unless something more comes out, he may have been in the middle of a confluence of several bad factors.
It's awful all the way around.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 02:19 PM

10. He's a young kid. Only 25 years old. Recent head trauma.

Probably years of head trauma. On pain meds. Most likely on human growth hormones, or some other performance enhancing substance that couldn't be detected in a pee test.

Media telling us today he had a fascination with guns. More bad to the mix.

Picture today on local media is of his Bentley being towed away from the stadium yesterday. A 25 year old - still way too young - and he has a Bentley??

I'm gonna say it - we create these monsters.

Just sad in so many ways. Lots of blame to spread around as well.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 02:07 PM

6. I have seen far too much praise for Belcher in the media

given that he is a murderer. On the other hand lets consider a hypothetical:

1. His girlfriend which he has child with was with another man that night (not confirmed but the timing and his reaction seems to imply that he at least thought that was the case)
2. What would his options be to this infidelity? Of course the most logical thing would be to end the relationship.
3. What happens to the child in the separation? Women get the child most of the time.
4. If infidelity was the cause of the split, should that be considered in awarding custody of the child?

I can't imagine having my children not grow up with me. On the other hand living with an adulterer is also unacceptable. I am not excusing his actions, but throwing out the hypothetical to get responses.

I wish the families of Perkins and Belcher the best especially their baby.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 02:13 PM

9. She was out late at a concert the night before and he was pissed.

I hadn't heard a thing about infidelity. Where did you hear that?

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 02:11 PM

7. Good call.

The local media here in KC seems to be falling over itself to throw the highest praise at Belcher.

And the decision to go ahead and play?! There's one guy, a former Chiefs player who is now a TV announcer, who said 'wait, maybe they shouldn't be playing today'. He was shut up pretty quickly.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 02:59 PM

11. Was it Len?

I'd think he would have enough sense to think it's too soon to play.

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Response to xmas74 (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 03:06 PM

13. Tim Grunhard

Haven't heard from Len. I was hoping he'd offer some comments, since his teammae Jim Tyrer killed his wife and himself in 1980. That was a sad day.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #13)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 03:09 PM

14. Tim was also a good choice.

I thought we'd hear from Len by now too. I think I'll do a bit of google and see if he's offered any comments yet.

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