As Twitchy reported this morning, ESPN did not make a good call and angered viewers with its tribute to Jovan Belcher, who reportedly killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide yesterday. Outraged Twitter users wondered if there would be a tribute prior to today’s Chiefs-Panthers game.
Controversy already building about whether to honor Jovan Belcher at today's Chiefs/Panthers game – given the… http://t.co/8Sz9TzYF
— Contessa Brewer (@contessabrewer) December 2, 2012
Twitter users were livid at just the thought. Controversy? It shouldn’t even be in question.
“@EDoherty3: Chiefs shouldn't wear a patch for Belcher, they should wear one for his girlfriend. She's the victim. And their son.” Agreed.
— Len Glickman (@lenglickman) December 2, 2012
I'm really hoping the Chiefs don't honor a guy tomorrow who murdered someone and left a 3 month old parent-less.
— Dalton Whitworth (@DaltonWhitworth) December 2, 2012
RT @BGWhoDat: I hope any moment of silence at the #Chiefs game is for Belcher's family and the victims. Don't honor the shooter.
— Berns (@Berns247) December 2, 2012
This Javon Belcher story is really sad but I hope the Chiefs aren't going to honor him. He's a murderer & took a mother from her child.
— Rassha (@PurelyAuthentic) December 2, 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs did not make the mistake that ESPM made. Prior to today’s game against the Carolina Panthers this afternoon, they held only a moment of silence for all victims of domestic violence.
The Chiefs during pre-game vs. Carolina Panthers, observed a moment of silence for all those who suffer from domestic violence.
— FOX 4 Sports (@fox4sports) December 2, 2012
Most found this appropriate. Or, at least not as inappropriate and disturbing as ESPN’s tribute to Belcher.
Good move by #Chiefs making moment of silence for domestic violence victims..also good that club talked players out of wearing
— Danny Clinkscale (@dcwhb) December 2, 2012
Moment of silence to remember victims of domestic violence and their families at #chiefs pregame. Very appropriate.
— Jeff Rosen (@jeff_rosen88) December 2, 2012
No tributes, no names. Just a quick moment of silence for "victims of domestic violence". Well done, #Chiefs.
— Clark Hamilton (@StatsClark) December 2, 2012
Perfect tone on #Chiefs moment of silence, remembering all victims of domestic violence.
— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) December 2, 2012
Good for the Chiefs only taking moment of silence for GF and victims of domestic violence. No mention of Belcher. Sorry he murdered his GF.
— Atlanta Sports Guy (@Atlantasportguy) December 2, 2012
Moment of silence for all victims of Domestic Abuse at the Chiefs game. I really like that a lot.
— Ricky (@rickygangster) December 2, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Kasandra Perkins’ family, and her beautiful child, now motherless.
Dear ESPN, the victim here isn't the Chiefs or the NFL. It's Kasandra Perkins and the young child that will grow up without a mom or dad.
— Matthew Clayton (@mattc77) December 2, 2012