Belcher’s Locker is Gone

From the Truman Sports Complex

When the Chiefs came into work on Wednesday they found that the locker once used by LB Jovan Belcher had been cleaned out.

After the murder-suicide by Belcher the day before the Carolina game, his locker in the team’s practice facility remained untouched. By the end of the week, there was increasing conversation among the players about the locker situation. An informal and anonymous poll last Thursday and Friday showed that 11 of 17 players asked thought Belcher’s locker should be cleaned out.

It was still there Monday when the team came in after losing in Cleveland. But before they got back Wednesday, after a day off on Tuesday, Chiefs staff had cleared the locker of all belongings, clothing, pads and shoes. It was empty.

8 Responses to “Belcher’s Locker is Gone”

  • December 12, 2012  - Tenand6 says:


  • December 12, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    As big as these organizations are anymore it might be a thought to have a “life coach” on staff. These young guys truly need someone to help them out in times of need. Possibly this could have been prevented.

  • December 12, 2012  - el cid says:

    Newest rumor – Jeff Fisher did not want any part of Chiefs because of Hunt family and nothing to do with Pioli. From a media type out of Tenn. Got no clue of what that means but there is a issue here that may run to the future.

  • December 12, 2012  - KC_Guy says:

    ChuckXX: They have, it’s called Player Deevelopment, Head of that section is Katie Douglass.

    el cid: does that come as a surprise to you? The Chiefs will have a hard time to shed some reputation even after the Pioli regime is gone. Some other franchises may serve as an example (like Cleveland, Oakland, Buffalo). There’s a reason why consistently winning franchises attract big name players/executives/coaches who won’t even talk to others.

    There will be no quick fix even if Hunt decides to send a pink slip to anyone ever receiving a pay check from One, Arrowhead Drive.

    The Chiefs will have to re-earn their reputation as a well-run, reliable organization taking care of its employees. And that will take some time.

    Time as in “at least a couple of years with some success and no major staff turnover”.

  • December 12, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    The Belcher affair was tragic but it was time to clear out any inappropriate shrine to him in the locker room. It’s reassuring that the majority of the players saw this as well although personally I wish they had cleared out Pioli’s office as well. Just in case I haven’t been clear for a while about how I feel. All of this just illustrates how much more of a man Lamar Hunt was than was even recognized. Boy do we miss him.

  • December 12, 2012  - JB says:

    Well gee-the Chief’s cleared out a shrine to a guy who after knocking off some strange the night before came home and pumped 9 shots into the mother of his 3 month old daughter in a jealous rage then went to the stadium and finally did the right thing. This event wasn’t “tragic” it was sick, stupid, violent and evil. Tragic? seriously? Good God the bar is low…..

  • December 12, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Yes tragic. I don’t know if you follow the site but I’ve already said my sympathies are not with Belcher and I didn’t address them to him. It was “tragic” for everybody involved including the families of both him and his girlfriend, the members of the team and the organization. You’ve obviously never been through anything like it or perhaps you wouldn’t be so quick to explain it in such simplistic terms. Perhaps you would though, since your response shows a lack of understanding or comprehension I won’t bother to respond to any further other than to say if life was as simple as you we’d all be geniuses and as insightful as you think you are.

  • December 12, 2012  - txchief says:

    Time to turn the page on this horrible chain of events. Jovan Belcher created the tragedy. He’s a murderer. He is not a victim. The situation is tragic, and persons grieve when they lose a friend, even when their friend did something horrible.

    I know about these situations personally. I had a friend who did some horrible things to other persons and died is prison. It is no excuse, but I remember the good times when were kids. It will always sadden me that he made poor choices, and that I had no chance to intervene when he made his mistakes. Life is complex and cruel. Fortunately, life goes on for the rest of us.

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