Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn thought he was in for another ordinary Saturday at the Truman Complex, the Chiefs’ practice facility. He was made aware of a very different series of circumstances when he arrived at the complex Saturday morning and found that police had blocked off his parking space. The complex was on lockdown after 25-year-old Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher took his own life outside the team’s offices with general manager Scott Pioli, head coach Romeo Crennel, and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs as horrified witnesses. He had done so after shooting and killing his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and leaving their three-month-old daughter without a mother or father. Quinn was told by police to park his car up a hill near Arrowhead Stadium, where many of his teammates had already gathered. Crennel told his players what had happened at a 9:30 team meeting. “It was obviously tough for Coach to have to tell us that,” Quinn told the Kansas City Star . “He really wasn’t able to finish talking to us. We got together and prayed and then we moved on.” Moving on was all the Chiefs could do. After talking to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the call for the team to go on with their Sunday game against the Carolina Panthers, a game the Chiefs will host at Arrowhead. The decision was certainly controversial, and many believe out of place, but it’s important to remember that this was a decision the Chiefs made. As Quinn said, that decision wasn’t made without considering all the aspects and angles.
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