Jovan Belcher Murders Girl Friend And Takes His Own Life

 

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Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher fatally shot girlfriend, then pulled trigger on himself.

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher (25) shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins (22), during a domestic dispute on December 1st.   He later turned the gun on himself after arriving at Arrowhead Stadium.  Belcher’s mother, who witnessed the murder, called 9-1-1 shortly before 8 a.m. to have Perkins rushed to the hospital but the multiple gunshots ultimately proved to be fatal.  The couple left behind a 3-month-old daughter.

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“Former” NFL Star Tackles Celebrity Lawsuits

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      Rashard Mendenhall #failwhale

Following the reports of Osama Bin Laden’s death in May of 2011, Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back Rashard Mendenhall took to twitter in an attempt to curb the Nation’s enthusiasm.  The remark not only earned him public backlash, but also got him cut from his endorser Hanesbrands’ roster. Mendenhall retaliated in July of the same year by filing a lawsuit against the corporate clothier for terminating his contract.  His argument: Does a public figure concede the right to express an opinion that may not coincide with the views of the brand he or she endorses?
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Victim 1 of Sandusky Case Sues Penn State Over Concealing the Abuse


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Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach of the Penn State football team was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 year period. One of the victims involved in the Jerry Sandusky case, identified by the Grand Jury as “Victim 1” recently sued Penn State on Friday, August 31st.  He claimed that the school had helped to conceal the abuse of the children and was more interested in “protecting the reputation and commercial viability of the football program” than putting a stop to a child predator. Victim 1 also accused notable Penn State administrators, including Joe Paterno, with the knowledge that Jerry Sandusky was a “dangerous, sociopathic sexual predator who had previously raped, sodomized, and/or otherwise seriously harmed young boys on the Penn State campus.”

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Concussion Lawsuit may be the New England Patriots of Lawsuit Cases

Deflated Football, by Flickr user kevindean, licensed via Creative Commons.Ominous Metaphor

It can be assumed that one who takes part in violent activity is at risk of permanent injury.  In many cases, however, the reward is well worth the occupational health risks. This is a justification that can be seen as far back as Roman Gladiators, who won riches and celebrations across the Empire for their successes despite facing certain death for their failures.  The same holds true today, where aside from stunt drivers or Chris Brown’s girlfriend, a professional football player might be the most dangerous gig in the entertainment industry.  The shelf life of an NFL player, especially those at positions prone to poundings (such as running back), is only a few years. Players who have spent their lives honing their craft are given a very small timeframe to cash in on their talent and to position themselves financially for the future. Even if a player remains healthy, fatigue and athletic decline can be seen by the age of 30. Just ask the guy who drafts Chad Ochocinco in your fantasy league this year.

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