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We have new details about the conversation that took place between Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, coach Romeo Crennel, and player Jovan Belcher after Belcher killed his girlfriend on Saturday morning.A law enforcement source told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that Pioli arrived at the team’s practice facility and saw Belcher in an “agitated state” with a gun in his hand.
According to King, Belcher said to him, “I came here to tell you thank you. Thank you for my chance. I love you, bro.”
The exchange didn’t end there. Belcher asked Pioli if he could talk to coach Crennel, and Pioli called him on his mobile phone and told him to come out to the parking lot.
Within minutes [defensive coordinator Gary] Gibbs and Crennel appeared. They, too, tried to calm Belcher, to no avail. Belcher thanked them for his NFL opportunity, and he began to walk away from them.
“I wasn’t able to reach the young man,” Crennel said softly over the phone from Kansas City Sunday.
Belcher walked a few steps away, put the gun to his head, and pulled the trigger.
Originally, it was depicted as though Pioli and Crennel just happened to notice Belcher in the parking lot. But according to King’s source it was a less random exchange than we initially thought.
There’s still no clear motive for the murder-suicide.
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