The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Carolina Panthers in an NFL game as scheduled at 10 a.m. PST on Sunday, barely 24 hours after starting linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend at their home and minutes later took his life at Arrowhead Stadium.
“After discussions between the league office, Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play tomorrow's game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time,” read a statement on the Panthers' official website.
Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli talked briefly to Belcher at the team's practice facility, where about 20 players and coaches were already gathered for a morning meeting. When police began to arrive, Belcher walked away from Crennel and Pioli to an empty parking lot, where he shot himself.
Crennel and Pioli told police they never felt in danger. Belcher was "thanking them for everything they’d done for him since he’s been a Chief," said police spokesman Darin Snapp.