The Kansas City Chiefs were in uncharted territory this weekend. A little over a day after linebacker Jovan Belcher committed a shocking murder-suicide, the team, still dealing with raw emotions, drew criticism for playing a game. There was more for leaving Belcher’s locker in tact, a move that many interpreted as a tribute.
But Brady Quinn helped set things right Sunday with eloquent postgame comments.
“The one thing people can hopefully try to take away, I guess, is the relationships they have with people,” Quinn said after the Chiefs beat the Panthers 27-21 for their second victory of the season. “I know when it happened, I was sitting and, in my head, thinking what I could have done differently. When you ask someone how they are doing, do you really mean it? When you answer someone back how you are doing, are you really telling the truth?
“We live in a society of social networks, with Twitter pages and Facebook, and that’s fine, but we have contact with our work associates, our family, our friends, and it seems like half the time we are more preoccupied with our phone and other things going on instead of the actual relationships that we have right in front of us. Hopefully, people can learn from this and try to actually help if someone is battling something deeper on the inside than what they are revealing on a day-to-day basis.”
The team did not publicly memorialize Belcher on Sunday, choosing instead to hold a moment of silence for victims of domestic abuse. Instead, players say they will start a fund to support Belcher’s daughter. Zoey was born Sept. 11 to Kasandra Perkins, the woman Belcher shot to death Saturday. Tackle Eric Winston expressed concern that Zoey be supported in more than just a monetary way.
“At the end of the day, money is just half of the equation. We can toss all the money we want at her, but it’s never going to bring her parents back. It’s not going to make sure she has a great home to grow up in,” Winston said. “I hope this organization as a whole makes sure she’s a) taken care of and b) that she is placed into a place with, whether it’s a relative or a grandmother, that she’s put into a place where she can have a happy life.”
H/T Kansas City Chiefs, Adam Pellegrino, Cydney Ricker