Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend and then committed suicide at the team’s practice facility Saturday morning, police confirmed.
I did not know Jovan. I do know football and I have sons who Play. With that understanding allow me to make my case. Parents, family and all those who have played this game before I ask you to do this very simple social media campaign:
1. All the millions who have played the game and the people who love them will be asked to help create a database of information about all those who play.
2. We create a questionnaire from the data gathered and give it to a professional to help look for the signs that your athlete is close to losing it and possibly doing something that is harmful or fatal.
3. We make the questionnaire available to all.
I would like to start with all the athletes who read this because you know me or you know someone else who knows me. Parents of these athletes, I ask you to share this question with your sons. The time has come for the players to start thinking about themselves and not waiting for the NCAA or NFL to do anything for them. I do believe there are honest efforts underway to address this problem. I just feel personally that this is something that I can do for my own sons and for the love of the game.
Contact me if you would like to brainstorm this project:
@mghinc on twitter
Let us get something strait. The NCAA intended to harm the USC football program and what you see happening to this years team is a direct consequence. Sure, Mr. Holmes what about all that talent on the USC team? They have talent, but it takes more than talent to win a football game. There are many stories of talented guys on a football team but the coach does not want that player because he is a “cancer” to the team. What does that mean? You mean the coach does not want the best player? Sure the coach wants the best player but if getting that player means losing your team, you let the player go or you don’t recruit him to begin with. That may have more to do at the pro level but at the college level it is more about emotion. I remember when Alex Holmes first went to USC and they were not winning very many games. Why? OMG, they had Troy Polamalu and Carson Palmer and other greats on that team but they were not winning. Fire Hackett! Fire …Hackett! Oh no dont hire Pete Carroll. Then Pete Carroll is great. OK, Mr. Holmes what did the NCAA do to USC? They took away the fun. They took away the pleasure and honor of being a part of the USC football family. They took away the tail gating parents who brought the team together win or loose and fed the players after each game. They said maybe a sports agent could be lurking in the fan base. They took away the fun of being able to go to practice and see the guys compete. Can you imagine going through an airport check to get on the field to watch your son play. OK not quite that but you get my point. Fans, real true Trojan fans are not allowed to go to practice anymore. Ask some of them what reason they were given for not allowed to attend practice. Mr. Holmes what does this have to do with football? The USC administration along with coaches and anybody who had anything to do with USC football were pretty much given direct orders to shield the program from all outsiders. Assume everybody is a secret sports agent trying to get the inside scoop on the next big USC draft pick. Well, they took away the USC “Swag”. They took away the only “football game in town”. Fair? Who cares if it is fair. The NCAA? They wanted Reggie Bush. The big bad Heisman winning Reggie Bush. They got his Heisman back and destroyed the USC football program for the time being. What have you changed NCAA? Is football better now? Did you help student athletes? Did you make sure more student athletes graduate? Did you put into place any type of program that makes sure football players are protected from lurking sports agents? No.. Did you change anything for the better? No. You took the air out of a Pac 12 program and looks like you inflated the SEC. That is another subject. Ask Sam Houston State and Western Carolina…See More0