For those of you who may be unaware of the situation, on Dec. 1 Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jevon Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend - the mother of his child - before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and committing suicide in front of his coach Romeo Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli, and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs.
It was an article that at that moment I had absolutely no interest in reading; even though a part of me knew that I likely would eventually. I simply didn't want to deal with; almost in much the same way that there was a part of me that did not want to listen to the multitude of news reports about the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. last week or President Obama's speech about the shooting on Sunday evening - even though ultimately I did.
Later in the evening I began to reflect on the number of sad and unfortunate incidents that have occurred both in the sports world and out over the past couple of years. There was the drunk driving accident that killed Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown; the accident that now has the driver of the vehicle, nose tackle Josh Brent - who was a friend and teammate of Brown's on the Cowboys and in college - facing charges for intoxication manslaughter.
There was the suicide of the great linebacker Junior Seau who played for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots on May 2. There was the overdose of Garrett Reid - son of Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid. In February of 2011 there was the suicide of David Duerson - a safety for the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Phoenix, now Arizona, Cardinals.
Outside the sports world - in addition to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn. - there was also the shooting in Aurora, Colo. during the month of July that occurred at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in which 12 people were killed and 58 others injured.
Being that they were the most recent, those are the ones that came to mind first, but at the same time it is impossible to forget the ones from years past such as the shooting at Columbine High School. The worst part is there are several I haven't mentioned.
As I began to think about all of these incidents, particularly the ones that have occurred over the past couple of years as the amount of time between them has seemed to become shorter, two questions came to mind: When is going to end? What is it going to take to stop the poor decisions and the senseless acts of violence?
The incidents seem to be becoming more frequent with each passing year with no end in sight and it's disheartening. We have lost far too many good people both this year and in ones past for stupid reasons. It would be nice if we could put an end to it.