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Posted by Elizabeth Schön Vainer

created at: 2012-10-04The intimate partner homicide-suicide involving Kansas City Chief’s linebacker Jovan Belcher is a tragedy. Belcher murdered the mother of his three-month-old daughter and then committed suicide in front of his coach and team.

These are some of the questions the media has raised: 

  • Was Belcher suffering from traumatic brain injuries as a result of concussions?
  • Was the accessibility of a gun in the home a factor?
  • Did Jovan fit the “abuser” profile often seen in domestic violence relationships?
  • Did Jovan’s demographic as a young professional African American male athlete contribute to his perception that he was entitled and immune to cultural norms as they relate to womanizing and accountability?

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