Kansas City Chiefs will play Carolina Panthers despite death of Jovan Belcher

Last Updated: 02/12/12 9:06pm

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Jovan Belcher: Shot himself in front of GM and head coach

Jovan Belcher: Shot himself in front of GM and head coach

Kansas City's clash with Carolina on Sunday will go ahead as scheduled despite the shocking suicide of Chief's linebacker Jovan Belcher.

Police confirmed the 25-year-old murdered his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in front of Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel at the team practice facility near Arrowhead Stadium.

It had been expected that Sunday's encounter with the Panthers would be postponed, but the Chiefs announced the game will take place on time.

"After discussions between the league office, head coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play Sunday's game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time," a statement read.

Chiefs chairman and chief executive Clark Hunt had earlier spoken of the club's sadness over the horrific events of Saturday morning.

He said: "The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy.

"We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted.

"We will continue to fully co-operate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counselling resources are available to all members of the organisation."

The NFL also offered their condolences in statement which read: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chiefs and the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy.

"We have connected the Chiefs with our national team of professional counselors to support both the team and the families of those affected. We will continue to provide assistance in any way that we can."

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