Every once in awhile things happen in the wide world of sports that reminds us all of the important things in life. This past weekend there were two such occasions, very different occasions, but both of which remind us of the things that are really important in life.
The events were the passing of former University of Utah head coach Rick Majerus and the suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Belcher not only took his own life, but the life of his girlfriend before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and shooting himself in front of his coach, Romeo Crennel, and his general manager, Scott Pioli.
The most tragic of the two events is the murder-suicide of Jovan Belcher. According to an article from the Associated press run on KSL’s website, found here, there is still no motive for Belcher shooting his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra M. Perkins. The tragic thing is Belcher and Perkins have a 3 month old daughter together who is now without either of her parents.
Everyone who talks of Belcher said they didn’t believe it when they heard it was Belcher as the story broke. It surprised even his closest friends. It goes to show that no assumptions should ever be made about anyone and we should always be there to offer help regardless of if they seem like they do not need it. While no one will ever no the true motive of why Belcher took his life and Perkins’, we ought to remember both of them for what they did before and try to move on and help those who may be in the same situation.
It also shows a disturbing trend in the NFL today with the recent suicide of former Chargers’ linebacker Junior Seau, it needs to be found why so many former players are resorting to suicide to solve their problems. It is something the NFL is going to have to look into and try to find a solution before more players take their own lives.
The second tragedy of this weekend is the passing of Rick Majerus, the former head coach of the University of Utah men’s basketball team. Majerus changed the course of basketball in the state of Utah. In an article on KSL.com found here, Majerus had been battling heart problems for several years and finally succumbed to heart failure at the age of 64. Majerus led the Utes to the NCAA Championship game in 1998.
Although this site is primarily focused on sports, keep in mind the more important things in life, such as family and friends. Condolences go out to the families of these three individuals in their time of need.