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Comments for: Friends: Possible head injury, personal problems may have led to murder, suicide by Belcher

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  • Dope Boy

    Well, he discovered much to late that his girl-friend was not all that into him. Sow your oats first young people before you attempt to play house.

  • nostrajimus

    murder is much different than suicide. None of those other players chose to take someone else’s life, just their own. I haven’t heard anything about Javon’s relationship w/ his father. Any info on that, as I don’t think it is a coincidence that his major was related to child development and family. There’s usually a reason someone chooses that career path

  • Anonymous

    Hey! Let’s make excuses for him!

    • Anonymous

      Don’t mistake “reason” for “excuse.”

  • Anonymous

    It will be interesting to see what the examination of his brain will turn up, especially since as this article states that he has NOT had a long history of concussions. The research into CTE is showing that even sub-concussive repetitive blows can effect learning, personality, decision making, and lead to abnormal brain pathology.

    • nostrajimus

      his brain is all over the parking lot, so I doubt that is going to help.

      • Anonymous

        I read somewhere that his mother is donating (what they can) to the research center that studies NFL players’ brains. I’ll post the link if I can find it back. I thought the same thing initially.

  • TheBam

    This is probably the most irresponsible journalism of all time. Give me a break. Oh. I banged my head.. let me kill someone and myself and have an excuse for it. Stop. Stop. Stop.

    • Anonymous

      So are you denying that repeated injuries to the brain can effect changes in the brain that can affect behavior?

  • Superuser23

    How many more articles related to a murderer are we going to see plastered on the front page today? I don’t see other news outlets publishing constant articles on the matter.

  • nostrajimus

    it is odd that the first mention of this is in an article by pete, but mandated by “THE u”. He murdered someone and decided that his child have no parent was the best option for that child. Again, what was the history between Javon & his father?
    I’ll bet his father ran out on him as a baby, and he never knew him, and now he was faced with having a child and being in that same position perhaps? Who knows, but I’d like to hear from Javon’s father if he is still alive.

  • Anonymous

    “A review of the Bangor Daily News’ story archives did not produce any evidence that Belcher had been in trouble with the law during his four years attending UMaine.”
    If you want to check a person’s involvement with the criminal justice system, a newspaper’s database is NOT a reliable source, for one obvious reason: Not everything makes it into print.
    The place to go is the court system database and the police databases.

    • Dr. Cowboy

      I thought the same thing but then again, not having a criminal or arrest record doesn’t necessarily mean that he didn’t cause trouble while at the University.

    • Anonymous

      But they can search the BDN for free. Lexus Nexus, et al, cost $$.

  • Anonymous

    I understand the impulse to try to make sense of what does not make sense, but it seems to me that all this does is lead to more speculation. And perhaps another attempt to explain/excuse the reprehensible behavior of a professional athlete. When are people going to realize that being a success at sports does not necessarily mean that one is a success at life?

  • Anonymous

    seriously- unrecruited , end up at lower division ME, and undrafted and then suddenly a starting LB in the NFL..and no one mentions steroids????
    why? because we’d rather watch these kids bash their heads in, pretending “we” are winners, all the while we eat chips and dip…

    • Anonymous

      I am sure there are a lot of players that go undrafted. Look at Montel Owens out of Maine, Having a long Career with Jacksonville.

      • Anonymous

        Matt Mulligan.

  • Anonymous

    C’mon, football players get hit in the head tons of times throughout their careers, and how many times has this type of occurance happened? Other than this and OJ, i dont know of many. This guy got angry, couldnt control it and reacted terribly, then realizing what he had done and what he had thrown away and where he would be spending the rest of his life, he figured he might as well pay the same price as his girlfriend…end of story.

    • Anonymous

      Dave Duerson

      Junior Seau

      • The Great White Hope

        They took their own life they didn’t murder anyone before hand.

        • Anonymous

          Both were investigated for domestic abuse prior to taking their own lives.

          Both had concerns about concussions and how they had impacted their brain.

          Both took there own lives in such a way that their brains could be examined for damage from repetitive concussions.

      • Anonymous

        I stand corrected. After reading the follow up posts and doing some research myself I must admit that I am wrong. I still dont believe a head injury is what caused this situation to take place. I believe it was a serious case of jealousy and then the result of his girlfriend planning on leaving him that caused the final outcome but that of course is only speculation on my part, but i do apologize for not researching more before posting about the tragic effect that Post concussion syndrome has had on Professional Sports players.

        • Anonymous

          Let me say it is very decent of you to admit that that you were wrong. It is uncommon on these pages and needs to be acknowledged when it happens.

          I have no idea what “set him off” and it could be what you said or a combination of things.

          I only bring up the concussion problem in sports as a possible underlying contributory factor and in no way should it be used as an excuse for what happened over the weekend.

    • Jollyroger

      Names? Remember Justin Strzelczyk?

      He played for UMaine and then for the Steelers.

      You want more names – read on: http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/nfl-players-linked-to-cte/article_3d56c53a-bd8a-11e1-b483-0019bb2963f4.

      CTE is a major problem in the NFL and NHL…these guys aren’t always killing someone else before their suicide, but the link to serious brain injuries is clear.

    • Anonymous

      There have been 4 suicides involving former players in the past year.

  • Anonymous

    if this guy had’nt been a foolball player nobody would care what he did.

  • Anonymous

    Domestic Violence and Murder. There is no excuse.

    • Anonymous

      NO, there is no excuse, but there can be a factor making it more likely. And if there is a clear causal link to repetitive head hits to this kind of behavior (which is becoming more evident), well, then people might be rethinking about whether they get their kids started in football or not. Anyone who posted here and questions the link… just google chronic traumatic encephalopathy in football, and you will see the research being conducted. Junior Seau’s story really brought a lot of this to the forefront a couple of years ago. There are also stories about football players who realized the difference in themselves and voluntarily chose to give up football saying the risk wasn’t worth it.

      • Anonymous

        irresponsible use of drugs and alcahol

  • Anonymous

    Excuses excuses. There is no excuse for domestic violence. Yea, he had head injury alright – he was sick in head to kill the mother of his child that will be without both parents. When we will actually stop making excuses for these so called men that kill their loved ones, or those so called men (and women) that molest children – even their own. It has to STOP. Making these excuses for these pitiful so called men only encourages other guys to act like and use the same excuse as the other did. Call it as it is: IT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!!!! You can say he never showed signs of it before. Do you know how many guys that hit women today that you will never know because the man is a hypocrite and the woman is very good at hiding her wounds and scars!? This are article makes me sick.

    • Guest

      You need to understand the difference between an excuse and a reason.

      • Anonymous

        yea i understand the difference but i don’t care to discuss it anymore.

        • Guest

          I don’t think you do at all. If you don’t care why comment then?
          Head injuries change the personality of a person.
          There’s a difference looking for justification and a reason for the behavior.

          • Anonymous

            No excuses for murder enabled by the easy access of firearms, 2nd amendment or not. Pure and simple.

          • Guest

            I’m not against gun ownership. Don’t know if he could have one or not, I’m not giving him an excuse.
            Excuses are not the same as a reason. That’s all.

  • Anonymous

    No one is the same as they were before a brain injury, and it seems bad behaviors
    before the injury, tend to be magnified after the injury. With so many people in Maine

    walking around with traumatic brain injury, it’s sad we have to send the worst of
    them to New Hampshire for residential care. How many middle aged men do you know that still suffer from injuries incurred playing football?

  • Anonymous

    I knew they’d get they’d get into the concussion issue. Watch for the health police and then the media to press for the eradication of football.

  • Anonymous

    He was a murderer, pure and simple. He was enabled by the easy access to firearms, again pure and simple.

    • Anonymous

      ….and i suppose an enraged NFL linebacker would have a hard time killing her with a kitchen knife or even with his bare hands? Easy access to firearms had very little to do with this compared with his inability to deal with his frustration and rage in a rational and mature way. Actually, easy access to firearms is a great equalizer so even a petite woman can have a chance to defend herself when someone Belchers size turns violent.

    • Anonymous

      Harvey, Are we blaming the firearm, as Mr. Costas suggested, in such a pro-gun State such as Maine?
      Good luck with that.

  • Anonymous

    The concussion thing was the first thing I thought of

  • Anonymous

    Pete – this is lazy journalism. Your source to claim Javon was an alcoholic, drug addict and suffered from head injuries is an “unidentified friend” on a blogger’s site? Were medical records released by the Chiefs or the University of Maine? Autopsy reports? Police records? No? Just a blogger – please, let’s wait until the facts come out before we jump to conclusions about this tragedy.

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