Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Jovan Belcher died today of an apparent gunshot after he allegedly killed his girlfriend earlier this morning. Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

KC Chiefs player's suicide shocks football nation, puts game in perspective

The Kansas City Chiefs have won just one game this season, a huge disappointment from the expectations the team had heading into the 2012 season.

But that statistic pales in comparison to the news this morning that linebacker Jovan Belcher reportedly shot himself at the team’s training facility after allegedly killing his girlfriend earlier in the morning.

The team released this statement this morning: “We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”

However, various news sources have confirmed that it was Belcher who was involved in the “incident” and that it was his girlfriend who was also killed in the murder-suicide.

Just recently the team’s website posted this story about Belcher, emphasizing how his drive and determination have stood out during the season.

The news out of Kansas City is sure to cast a pall over the entire league in this important week 13 and only goes to show that, despite the cheers and honor all of these men receive during the year, they have demons and struggles that they all have to face. They are human after all. It doesn’t matter the amount of signing bonuses and number of accolades they may receive, they also have to endure all the troubles and tribulations that we all face on an everyday basis.

We here at lombardiave.com are saddened by this news and send our thoughts and prayers to the families of these two individuals who died so tragically and suddenly.

It was unclear this morning whether the team would play its scheduled game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Stay tuned to Arrowhead Addict and FanSided.com for more on this developing story.

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