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  • Heather Steeves

    Good story, Pete.

  • Anonymous

    nice story,good fiction. could have been written,”millionaire footfall player kills wife”,but he was not married.You suppose that alchohol and pills might be a factor.maybe. at some point he bought a gun and that tranformed him into a murderer.you could not be more wrong. You say he should not be judged by us,but by god. you are correct

    • Anonymous

      “You say he should not be judged by us,but by god”

      Which I assume won’t go well for him…given that last I knew murder and suicide are both considered sins.

      • Anonymous

        yup.

  • Well written article about an unfortunate situation.

    • Anonymous

      At some point after leaving the support system provided by coach Jack Cosgrove, the coaching staff, the student-athletes, the professors and the employees at UMaine, something changed.
      No nothing changed, all that was being done was a place to hide the behavior of a person that could not control the anger. Its very hard to bully a 250 lb man, but a 120 lb woman is another story.
      To often behavior is hidden by the organization that the angry charged person is in. For most of his 25 years on this earth, Jovan Belcher appears to have exhibited normal, rational behavior. He let show what he wanted to show. Most angry violent people are good at acting and most do not see that side of them. I bet his girl friend was all to familiar with his out bursts and so was his mother. It is a sad out come.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, this article misses the most important point– that society (and several of its institutions) failed ITSELF and led to the death of two individuals because his abusive behavior toward women, although well documented, was systematically “overlooked” for years…because he was a ‘football hero.’ This is NOT a good article, because Warner claims that this behavior occurred only after he left the “support system” of his coach, etc.– which the front page story of the same paper points out is simply not true. Another example of trying to label something as “inexplicable” when it was, in fact, quite explicable- and all the more tragic because of that.

    • sassyfrazz

      Agreed.

    • pete

      They would both still be alive if he had been taken to The Acadia Hospital for an evaluation!!

  • Ultimately, it is true, G-d knows why things occur.

  • Anonymous

    “Belcher bought a gun. That decision eventually transformed an irrational Belcher into a murderer.”

    um, no it didn’t.
    buying or owning a firearm does not make someone a murderer.
    no more than buying alcohol makes you a drunk or having spoons in your house make you fat.

    he was a murderer because of his decisions.
    the gun did not make that decision for him.
    it just made the act of carrying out that decision easier.

  • Ryan McLaughlin

    Very well-written story, Pete. Great job.

  • Anonymous

    Lets do away with football if head injuries caused these stars to kill people and themselves. This statement is as idiotic as saying that because he lost his support system caused him to become violent. What is football but violence? I feel sorry for the family, but more so for the family of the woman he killed. He should have been treated like all the other abusers, jailed, given community service, served a protection from abuse, ect. Perhaps that young woman would still be alive.

  • He was a murderer and a coward,and no it couldn’t happen to anyone.Life is all about self control,compassion and empathy and it appears that this man lacked all of the above.

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