Kansas City tragedy spurs domestic violence awareness

People stand in front of a makeshift memorial for Jovan Belcher. (REUTERS)

People stand in front of a makeshift memorial for Jovan Belcher. (REUTERS)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:16 PM ET

First it was O.J. Simpson.

Then there was Rae Carruth.

Now Jovan Belcher has added his name to the NFL’s pantheon of the villainous.

If there is one hopeful thing the Belcher murder-suicide should accomplish, it is to make the NFL show its true colours.

And, that colour should be blue. As in wearing it to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month next October.

It’s the least a game that has shown so little awareness, or regard, for the issue can do.

Perhaps in some small way something providential can still grow out of this senseless waste of human life. Perhaps it can prevent a further tragedy because as sad as the Belcher situation is, it is not a unique situation.

Truth is, it happens every day. The only reason this incident morphed into headlines across American and Canada is because it involved an NFL player.

It’s unlikely anyone will ever know exactly what sent the Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker over the edge. Friends, colleagu


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