OTC: How To Deal W/ A Monster’s Memory? / Romeo Shines Bright In Chiefs’ Darkest Hour

“As a teammate, how do you go about separating that I liked this guy on Monday but now he’s a dead murderer? How do you deal with that?”
Bob Fescoe, on the attitude and emotions of the Chiefs’ players toward Jovan Belcher, 610 AM
GH: Many of the Chiefs’ players wore t-shirts under their uniforms Sunday with Belcher’s likeness printed on them. Dexter McCluster wore his during postgame interviews. It did not sit well with some. Others tried to make sense of it. Read on.

“You can love a monster. Chiefs players wanted to wear number 59 on their jerseys but the Chiefs stepped in and said that’s not going to go.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Outsiders can only guess at the emotions that gripped the Chiefs locker room this weekend. Clark Hunt and the Chiefs’ organization acted professionally and correctly in refusing to outwardly mourn Belcher’s death. While it may seem obvious to some, I imagine this was a difficult decision that was made within hours after the murder/suicide.

“These guys are all victims. They’re all hurting. Jovan’s not hurting but everybody else is. … These guys don’t know Jovan Belcher the murderer. They are choosing to remember him the way they choose to remember him.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: Maas was interviewed by both Fescoe on 610 AM and Jack Harry on KSHB 41. In neither of these interviews did I hear Maas asked about his own past issues with domestic violence and hand guns. Maas could have served as an expert on both.

“If you put nine bullets into a 22-year-old woman who is the mother of your child – there is something wrong. You go out a bad guy.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM

“I think the best thing you can do as fans is to step back, take a deep breath and sit down. Because you never know somewhere along in your life if you’re going to have one of these moments. Hopefully, nothing to this level, but there’s going to be something in your life that you have to deal with. And we don’t know how that situation is going to be. … Try to see the whole picture on this thing. You don’t know how you would react in that situation. You just don’t know.”
Richard Baldinger, 610 AM
GH: While none of us know how we will react to any future situation, it is beyond simplistic for Baldinger to question how we would react placed in Belcher’s situation. Anyone in a physical relationship with another human experiences many ups and downs – some quite traumatic – over the course of their relationships. Most manage to find a way to avoid committing murder.

“You don’t truly know somebody until you know them – and then you still might not know them.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: Binkley’s comment doesn’t make much sense in the literal sense – but I get what he’s trying to say. Monsters are everywhere – even inside those we think we know best.

“Grieving for a loved one is an individual thing. Those closest to the situation should not be judged. You don’t have to agree with them but you shouldn’t persecute them either. Grief is a personal issue. I will not judge how someone chooses to do it.”
Soren Petro, @TheProgram, Twitter

“Not at all. Not at all. Didn’t see any kind of clues. Jovan is probably the definition of a teammate. He’s gonna give 100% every time. He the most consistent player I played with. Me and him have grown really close while he’s been on the team the last four years. This is devastating. We lost a good one. We lost a really good one.”
Derrick Johnson, 810 AM
GH: I read the DeadSpin.com story that attempts to blame Belcher’s crime on football-related head trauma, pills and booze. Jason Whitlock and Bob Costas are pointing their fingers at hand-gun control. Who really knows? But I would also add a lack of character to the list of possible reasons for Belcher’s actions. Sometimes the reasons for crimes like this are far simpler than people want to believe.

“Whitlock & Costas say Belcher’s murder/suicide is due to lax gun laws. Others pin it on NFL head injuries. Hard to follow media agendas.”
Chris Stegall, @ChrisStegall, Twitter

“How about Romeo, man? I think it’s the greatest job of coaching in the history of sports!”
Bob Fescoe, on how the Chiefs’ head coach led his team through the weekend’s horrific events and ultimately to a victory on Sunday, 610 AM

“As we call him the grandfatherly figure, that grandfatherly figure was in his element at that time. His calm demeanor and he understands life. That’s who you want to go to. Everybody could be suited to that. Not everybody could handle that decision.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: Maybe this is the reason Romeo Crennel is here at this time as the head coach of the Chiefs. It is obvious to me it is not because he is a great head coach. Maybe it is because he is a great man. Read on.

“As it turns out, his even spirit and gentle soul made for the perfect man in an unthinkable situation. Romeo Crennel’s finest hour of the season came from the darkest moment of his life.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star

“I thought he was outstandingly brave and just the ultimate leader [Sunday].”
Josh Klingler, on how Romeo handled his role as the Chiefs’ head coach, 610 AM

“The team took on the personality of Romeo Crennel in hi finest moment [Sunday].”
Bill Maas, 610 AM

“Clark Hunt doing very extended interview session here in locker room [after the game]. I believe this man cares. Deeply.”
Jeff Rosen, @jeff_rosen88, KC Star sports editor, Twitter
GH: For a franchise that has for years now has failed at their stated goals, failed at communicating with their fans and time after time stumbled when it comes to public relations – Clark Hunt, Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel rose to incredible heights this weekend to place the Kansas City Chiefs in best possible light during their darkest hours.

“Proud to be a Kansas Citian today. #Chiefs
Tommy Kackley, @TKack24, Mizzou journalism student, Twitter
GH: These days have been all too rare for many of us over the past few years. Sunday was not one of them.

“PLEASE don’t romanticize or lionize this Chiefs win. That trivializes a horrific tragedy.”
Bob Ley, @BobLeyESPN, Twitter
GH: Ridiculous. These Chiefs’ players had nothing to do with the murder/suicide. Their win does in no way trivialize these events. The courage of men to move forward and past even the most heinous of times should always be applauded.

“We wanted to play the game because we’re football players. We love the game of football.”
Derrick Johnson, in a postgame interview on Sunday, 810 AM
GH: Belcher’s acts did not change this. I for one am glad the Chiefs’ players refused to allow his crime to alter the day.

“As a coach, you can basically account for everything that happens on that field except drop passes.”
Mike Martz, as the color analyst for the Panthers/Chiefs game, Fox
GH: Wow. Mike Martz proved to be a really rotten head football coach but he might be even worse as a TV color analyst.

“He looks like he’s been playing this game for 15 years. … It’s hard to get more efficient than these guys have been with Brady Quinn.”
Mike Martz, on Brady Quinn’s play against Carolina, Fox
GH: Quinn was so much better than we have ever seen him that he looked almost like a possible solution for the Chiefs’ current QB woes. But let’s not get stupid here.

“No penalties. No turnovers.”
Ron Pitts, play-by-play for the Panthers/Chiefs game, as the Chiefs retained that rare distinction until a late delay-of-game penalty marred their day, Fox
GH: The human race is a remarkable group. Faced with maybe the greatest distraction to ever present itself to an NFL team, the 1-10 Kansas City Chiefs played almost flawless, distraction-free football for four quarters to get their first home win of the season. Just an incredible example of focus and brotherhood.

“This is as well played a football game – particularly on the Chiefs’ standpoint that I’ve seen, basically. You wouldn’t know that from going back and looking at the record of these teams.”
Mike Martz, Fox

“This is really just his first full season [in Kansas City] to put his stamp on that as the head coach.”
Mike Martz, Fox
GH: While Romeo and Pioli deserve all the praise they have received over the past 24 hours, they still need to be fired at the end of this season. These events will make Clark Hunt’s job all that more difficult. But difficult doesn’t mean it should be avoided.

“We shouldn’t be embarrassed about being excited about this game.”
Stan Weber, shortly after 9:00 AM on Saturday once the Belcher story broke during 810’s college game day to discuss K-State’s game to win the Big 12 title, 810 AM
GH: The Belcher news story overshadowed every other news report of the weekend. Unfortunately, that included the coverage of Kansas State’s great come-from-behind win over Texas to secure their Big 12 title and a trip to play Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. The Kansas City Star’s Sunday paper did a great job of allowing the Cats’ win their deserved space. I’ll try to do the same in a future OTC.

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37 Responses to OTC: How To Deal W/ A Monster’s Memory? / Romeo Shines Bright In Chiefs’ Darkest Hour

  1. Stugots says:

    My first wife had an affair, left me in dramatic fashon with her boy friend at my house, slapping me and spitting on me and leaving me with $20 in my pocket and a car that she hadn’t paid the loan on for 3 months……I didn’t open fire on her. It had nothing to do with gun control. So when faced with a terrible situation, I do know how I would react and it was not with death.

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