Jovan Belcher’s Body Reportedly Exhumed for Brain Research

December 14, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

On December 1, 2012, the world was shocked by the tragic murder-suicide committed by former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Now, Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star is reporting that Belcher’s body was exhumed on Friday to determine whether his brain showed any signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and whether the brain condition could have played a role in his actions.
On that December morning, Belcher shot Kasandra Perkins—his girlfriend and the mother of their three-month-old daughter—nine times in front of their home. He then traveled to the Chiefs' practice facility and shot himself in the head in front of then-general manager Scott Pioli and then-head coach Romeo Crennel.
There is no excusing those horrific actions, but the examination of Belcher’s brain could be of tremendous importance and value to both science and football.
CTE has been at the forefront of the football world recently, especially after PBS&rsq...

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