The Jovan Belcher Tragedy


“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12


I have been studying a lot recently on the mind, particularly how we react to the thoughts of our mind. Our minds are a powerful thing! What we say and do is often originated from a thought. How we perceive ourselves and others originates in the mind. Joyce Meyers often says “Where the mind goes, man follows”. That is a simple yet powerful statement. The way you think is important because it affects your day to day life. When you hear stories about crimes of passion (murder, suicides, etc.) it often starts in the mind, which brings me to today’s troubling story about Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher.

Don Banks from Sports Illustrated wrote an article on the Jovan Belcher tragedy. Here is an excerpt (

Tragedy struck in the NFL early Saturday morning with the news that a Kansas City Chiefs player committed suicide at the team’s Arrowhead Stadium practice facility, after shooting and killing his girlfriend at home a short time earlier, has learned.

The player who shot himself is fourth-year linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, Kansas City police have confirmed. There are no other known injuries at the Chiefs facility.

The Chiefs released a statement saying: “We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”

According to police, Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, 22, at home around 8 a.m. CT, with the woman’s mother present and a witness to the murder. Belcher then drove to the team facility, where he later shot and killed himself in the parking lot of the team complex, in front of GM Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel, as well as other team personnel. A KCPD spokesman said Pioli and Crennel tried to talk to Belcher, who thanked the men before taking his life. Belcher and his girlfriend had a three-month-old child.

I do not know what personal problems Belcher was facing, but it is evident that he was troubled in his mind. What else would bring a young, successful, professional athlete to kill his girlfriend and himself?

Here is an excerpt from Nancy Gay; of Fox Sports, story on the tragedy (

Just before Thanksgiving, Jovan Belcher spoke about how grateful he was for his family, friends and Kansas City Chiefs coaches — those who helped an undrafted free agent linebacker from Maine become an NFL starter.

“First and foremost, God. Family and friends just keeping me focused, coaches and just everyone,” Belcher said in an interview with, the team’s news website, on Nov. 21.

Here is Peter King’s recent report of the tragedy(

Crennel spoke to me Sunday after the Chiefs game, but he said he didn’t want to discuss specifics of what he saw and experienced outside the building. Pioli would not speak either — to anything. Both men had been debriefed by the police for a lengthy police report, but have not spoken publicly about what happened.

But as I reported on NBC Sunday night, a source close to law enforcement on the scene Saturday told me the story had some differences from the one widely reported over the weekend. When Pioli arrived at the Chiefs’ complex around 8 a.m., Belcher had just arrived and was out of his car. Pioli got out of his car and noticed that Belcher was in an agitated state, according to my source. As they spoke, Pioli saw Belcher had a gun. Though Belcher was clearly unstable, the source said Pioli didn’t feel threatened because Belcher never pointed the gun at him. Belcher and Pioli were alone in the parking lot, a few yards apart, for several minutes.

(The source did not tell me if Pioli knew exactly what Belcher had done before he arrived, but he said clearly Belcher had shot someone and spoke of the police coming for him soon.)

At one point while the two men were alone in the parking lot, the source said, Belcher said to Pioli: “I came here to tell you thank you. Thank you for my chance. I love you, bro.”

The source said Pioli tried to calm Belcher, but had little success. At one point, Belcher asked Pioli, “Can I talk to Romeo and Gary?” Crennel and Gibbs, he meant.

Pioli took out his cell phone and called Crennel, asking him to get Gibbs and come outside. (Imagine what Pioli had to be thinking here: I’m calling two of my closest coaching friends to come out into an open parking lot with an unstable man with a gun, who apparently has shot someone, and is impervious to any attempt to calm him down. How dangerous is that?)

Within minutes Gibbs and Crennel appeared. They, too, tried to calm Belcher, to no avail. Belcher thanked them for his NFL opportunity, and he began to walk away from them.

“I wasn’t able to reach the young man,” Crennel said softly over the phone from Kansas City Sunday.

Belcher walked a few steps away, put the gun to his head, and pulled the trigger.

We often perceive the problems of this world as the thing we are up against. For instance, you might not be getting along with a co-worker, or experienced the end of a relationship, have a problem with alcoholism or fornication. Your problem is not with a particular person or experience; it is with the anger, doubt, frustration, dependency, and lust you experience in your mind.

Meyers says in Battlefield of the Mind:

“Satan frequently steals the will of God from us due to reasoning. The Lord may direct us to do a certain thing, but if it does not make sense – if it is not logical – we may be tempted to disregard it. What God leads a person to do does not always make logical sense to his mind. His spirit may affirm it and His mind reject it, especially if it would be out of the ordinary or unpleasant or if it would require personal sacrifice or discomfort.” 

“Don’t reason in the mind just obey in the spirit.” 

“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” 

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide (, murder, or is in a depression you should seek some professional help along with guidance and assistance from your church. The enemy is after your mind. That is why you sometimes do things you know you normally would not do because your mind is under constant attack. We all handle the attack in different ways and if you need help do not be a shame to seek it.

Christ said the enemy comes like a thief in the night to steal, kill, and destroy, but he has come so that we might have life in full abundance. Strive to live the abundant life Christ have for you!

Pleas keep all those affected in this tragedy in your prayers.



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