There's a lot of people holding RIP #59 and wearing Javon Belcher jerseys..Did you ppl forget that he shot and killed his gf moments befor?—
Tyler Collard (@T_Collard) December 02, 2012
Welcome to athlete worship run amok. As Twitchy has reported all weekend, the coverage of Kansas City Chief star Jovan Belcher’s murder/suicide has been marred by moral equivalence and sympathy for the athlete, who reportedly killed his girlfriend (and mother of his two-month-old baby) before turning the gun on himself. While the team made a token effort to honor domestic violence victims at its game today against the Carolina Panthers, fans embarrassed themselves by showing off “RIP #59″ signs and deifying Belcher.
A Twitter user at the game noted that Chiefs players kneeled in the end zone — and the purpose was ambiguous enough that at least a few clear-headed fans in attendance expressed their dismay.
Thankfully, not everyone was emptying their Kleenex boxes over Belcher:
Remember the real victims: