Jovan Belcher’s Friend: ‘Prescription Drugs, Alcohol & Concussions Put Him in Wrong State of Mind’

Rucuss staffDecember 3, 2012

Many have taken sides in the Jovan Belcher-Kasandra Perkins murder-suicide over the weekend.

Some of the Kansas City Chiefs players admitted they had mixed emotions resulting from the events, while others moan the linebacker’s death. In the end, a terrible tragedy took place. Belcher, who was a member of the Chiefs for four years, shot his girlfriend multiple times that resulted in her death, before he committed suicide at Arrowhead Stadium. Now their three-month old daughter, Zoey, is without parents.

The Kansas City Chiefs organization decided not to focus on the life of Belcher before Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. But instead, Kansas City took a moment of silence for victims of domestic abuse.

No one knows what triggered the events on Saturday morning. But a few unidentified sources have given their take on the situation.

Kansas City Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher Kills Girlfriend Then Takes His Own Life [Details]

One source told the Kansas City star that the argument was allegedly over Kasandra staying out late after a Trey Songz concert. A friend, who asked not to be identified, said Belcher confronted his girlfriend when she returned home about 1 a.m. The couple had dated about three years and argued frequently, the friend said, But she wasn’t aware of any prior physical abuse.

Another source who is speaking up for Belcher had a different theory to the events that happen. The source emailed the Deadspin with the comments below.

It was his girlfriend Kasi (Kasandra) Perkins. They have been arguing for quite sometime and had separated 2 weeks ago. He had brought her and the baby back home however, they were both arguing on a regular basis. Both of them are/were very young and immature and that combined with other factors led to this tragedy. Please do not focus on one isolated incident for the sake of the Belcher family ad try to dispel any rumor that it was a single event that contributed to this.

This was the result of a long term conflict. I’m referring to the rumors that this was solely related to an argument about her attending the Trey Songs concert… It wasn’t. Kasi had left and taken Zoe (their daughter) to a relatives house without his consent and refused to come home. In addition to that she made it clear that she was leaving and wild contact a lawyer to “get as much money as possible”. Her friends are speaking to the media so, I only feel write providing his perspective to this situation. It had little, if anything to do with one isolated argument..

The Deadspin then asked if he meant that he thought Perkins had intended to get money from Belcher through child-support payments.


[On the Thursday night after the Nov. 12 Chiefs-Steelers Monday Night Football game] he came home and Kasi had taken the baby (Zoe) to Jamaal Charles residence because she is cousins with Jamaals wife Whitney. They had been arguing for quite a few weeks prior which was nothing new. The majority of the arguments were due to Kasi failing college classes that Jovan was paying for and quitting her retail job where she worked two 4 hour shifts a week. From my perception, she was lazy and after learning she was introduced to him through her cousin who is married to Jamaal I can only assume she was after money. I’m in no way trying to defame her character, however; she is the catalyst to this incident. With friends/associates of hers speaking out to the media and saying that this incident stemmed from am argument about her staying out late for a concert, I have to disagree and provide the full spectrum. Jovan loved her and more importantly loved Zoe. After their argument and she left with the baby he convinced her to move back in for the sake of the baby. As far as what led to this tragic incident, I would say a combination of alcohol, concussions, and prescription drugs put him in a state that he would not otherwise be in.

The Deadspin then asked about the concussion, alcohol, and prescription medication mentioned above.

When it comes to prescription medication it is unclear from my perspective whether it was diagnosed and authorized by the team or not. However I know he was under the influence of narcotics for pain and I’m sure the toxicology report will reflect this. However, Jovan drank ALOT. On a nightly basis. This is not a mystery as he did so in public and private.

When it comes to his concussions; if you review the footage of the Cincinnati game he took a few hits to the head directly […] he was dazed and was suffering from short term memory loss. He could not remember the events that had taken place prior to that game or what he had said to get Kasi to return home.

Brianne York, 21, told the Huffington Post on Sunday the couple argued about “normal couple stuff” but that her friend was “really happy about being a mom.” York met Perkins while taking classes at the Blue River campus of Metropolitan Community College. They bonded during their pregnancies.

“It doesn’t seem that that would be the end of their story,” York, who gave birth to a baby boy a few months before Perkins said. “It just seems like if things didn’t work out, they would have gone their separate ways. I would never have thought that this would be how it ended.”

York said the root of the argument was that Belcher, “sometimes he would just be down in his man cave or whatever,” and Perkins wanted to spend more time together as a family.

“They ended up wanting to try to work it out,” York said, “and the next time I went over and visited she told me everything was good and things were better, so I thought everything was fine.”

The couple’s three-month-old daughter Zoey will be raised by Belcher’s mother in the Long Island home where he grew up.


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