Sports Propaganda and the Jovan Belcher Murder

Nobody expects politics in the sports section; when people flip on ESPN, they’re typically shocked to see commentators taking positions on issues ranging from gay marriage to gun laws and global warming. But not only are such opinions freely expressed, they’re almost universally liberal. In the past several years, Sports Illustrated has featured feature articles on transgender athletes, gay rugby players, the impact of global warming on sports stadiums, and the Israel-Arab conflict. ESPN features constant political commentary from figures like Michael Wilbon (left) and Tony Kornheiser (left) and Colin Cowherd (left); it’s no coincidence that arch-lefty Keith Olbermann got his start in sports there before going insane and leaving.

The latest episode of sports bias came last Saturday, when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, then drove to the Chiefs practice facility and shot himself. This incident by an evil human being – who else would perpetrate such an act? – was quickly spun by the sports media community into a case against conservative America. Seriously.

How did they achieve this alchemy? First, they attacked the Second Amendment. Belcher used a handgun, you see, which means that he wasn’t to blame –it was two other folks, by the names of Smith and Wesson. Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, most famous previously for tweeting in racist fashion about the size of basketball player Jeremy Lin’s genitals, suggested that Belcher wasn’t responsible for his actions:

A 25-year-old kid gunned down his 22-year-old girlfriend in front of his mother and three-month-old child …. Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead. In the coming days, Belcher’s actions will be analyzed through the lens of concussions and head injuries. Who knows? Maybe brain damage triggered his violent overreaction to a fight with his girlfriend. What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.

This is patent nonsense. Belcher was an NFL linebacker. Kasandra Perkins was outmatched physically; if Belcher wanted to kill her, he didn’t need a handgun to do it.

But more importantly, Whitlock’s argument that a supposed “gun culture” is to blame for Belcher’s action is condescending to the point of racism. Belcher wasn’t a “25-year-old kid.” He was a 25-year-old man with a baby and a career, raking in a rich salary. And as to the idea that the “gun culture” somehow influenced Belcher into murder, that’s idiocy. There is a culture that incentivizes murder. But that culture is the culture of leftism: a culture that suggests that a 25-year-old man who kills someone isn’t responsible; he is merely the tool of the sinister object in his hand and of the society that surrounds him.

Whitlock wasn’t the only societal critic to sound off on Belcher in delusional fashion, though. So, too, did Bob Costas of NBC, who echoed Whitlock. And so did CNN columnist Kevin Powell, former Democratic Congressional candidate and cast member of MTV’s “The Real World.” He blamed the culture of “manliness” for Belcher’s murder-suicide:

Belcher was a man living in the supersized macho world of football, a world in which many of us American males reside, be it football or not. Too many of us have been taught manhood in a way that is not healthy. Be tough, men do not cry, man up …. Or we use derogatory and sexist or homophobic words to describe men or boys who do not meet the “normal” of what a male is supposed to be. Some of these male authority figures mean well, or are simply repeating what they were socialized to be or to do, and do not realize that they are unwittingly teaching that manhood has little room to express hurt, disappointment and sorrow.

But it’s not the culture of manliness that is a problem. Real men marry the mothers of their children. Real men do not murder the mothers of their children. Manliness requires taking responsibility, not shirking it. Societal homophobia? Belcher was straight. Macho culture? Belcher grew up in the home of a single mother.

There are societal problems that likely contributed to the action of people like Belchder – like single motherhood, lack of authority figures, tolerance for multicultural sexism, and the like. But the sports media misses it, because they’re too busy carrying leftist water. And ironically enough, it’s that water in which Jovan Belcher drowned.

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  • Mary Sue

    Bob Costas is a victim!

    …of brain damage.

  • Jocelyn B

    Why is it that everytime something like this happens, everyone and everything is blamed except the perpetrator?

    • Mary Sue

      It's the Liberal Way.

    • Parenthetical Phrase

      Because the perpetrator is black and everyone knows that blacks can only be victims. Therefore, the perpetrator in this case is the group of white men who created the handgun and made it available for poor victims like Belcher to use (without being told that harm could come if one pointed it at another person and pulled the trigger).

  • pierce

    In many ways Jovan Belcher reminds me of Barack Obama. "It is my way or the highway."

  • http://frontpage richard sherman

    Did Bob Costa’s former broadcasting partner need a gun to decapitate Nicole Brown Simpson?..Wake up Bob! The truth was sitting right next to you just a few years ago…

    • Mary Sue

      this is why I think Costas got his bell rung one too many times. In addition to brain damage, leading to Liberalism, he's also got terrible long term memory.

      • trickyblain

        Bell rung? By what, a microphone?

        • Mary Sue

          I'm sure somebody beat him up at some point.

  • Arlie

    There was a called into a radio broadcast a few days ago that knew Belcher when he was 12 and attended the same school as the callers son. Belcher was a bully and used to intimidate and beat up his son so bad that the person sold their home and moved to get away from Belcher. The audio:
    By the sound of the caller the whole situation was very traumatic for the family and he is very upset that the media is portraying Belcher as something other than a thug and a murderer.

    • Mary Sue

      sounds like Belcher's mom was doing a greaaaaaaaaaaat job raising her son….NOT!

    • Mary Sue

      oh I bet the mom of belcher was ok with the beating up cuz he was only beating up white kids! (or she had her head in the sand like many classic Head In the Sand Parents who go "My son is a good boy" despite all evidence to the contrary).

      Old Lady Belcher F__ING FAILED. FAILED HARD. Tom Leykis was proved right!

  • Asher

    Belcher was always involved in fighting with women, he should have been seeing a psychiatrist for his rage and ability to deal with problems…so he just whips out a gun and shoots his girlfriend and himself…The gun didn't jump into his hands…he was the aggressor…I am sick of firearms that save many lives being blamed for a culture of violence and abuse!

    • Deep_Space

      There were approximately 31,000 fire arm-related deaths in the US in 2011. How many of those deaths can be said to have saved lives? I am a supporter of the 2nd ammendent but to say there's not a problem with guns or not a 'gun culture' is just willful blindness.

      • JoJoJams

        lol. And how many of those "arms related deaths" were from someone using it to protect themselves? Do they even break those stats down in to more usable form? eg: how many were actually defending themselves, and how many were murders? There were also 32,880 auto accident deaths in 2010. Oh, this dang "car culture" society!! BAN CARS!! Fact is, there ISN'T a "problem with guns", other than the problem of the loony lefties doing their d@mndest to take them away from us law abiding citizens!

      • Mary Sue

        The problem isn't gun culture. It's Boys Raised By Single Mothers (in Poverty usually) Culture.

  • Spider

    How about the guy who pushed the other guy in front of a passing subway train. Should we ban trains? It must have been the fault of our transportation culture.

    • Deep_Space

      False conclusion, sorry. I don't think anybody objecting to guns (and I don't in general) is saying that the gun is the only thing to blame or that Belcher couldn't have killed Perkins with his bare hands, a knife, or a baseball bat but a gun is just so flat-out convenient when it comes to killing, isn't it? And for young men living on the mean streets (although Belcher had it made and even where he grew up is not exactly a 'hood) what an ultimate expression of power and strength. No, I'm not in favor of outlawing guns but say there's no problem is just plain silly. We also have a problem with drugs and fatalities as the LA Times reported that last year there were 37,485 people that died from overdoses (prescription and illegal drugs combined) and we try very hard to control both types because the danger is clearly recognized by most sensible people. You really can't say "drugs don't kill people, people kill people" because it looks like they do a pretty good job.

      • Mary Sue

        the problem isn't with guns. It's with individual human morality.

    • David TheKing

      No kidding! Cars must be banned as 200K people are injured by them each year and 50K die!
      Cars Kill
      Subway trains Kill

      Bicycles for everyone! Just like China (20 years ago)

  • brooks4540

    Belcher was a psychopathic bully. Listen to the caller who knew him from age 12 yrs. as Arlie points out in his comment above. He pumps 9 rnds. into the mother of his child then kisses her forehead. The Chief's should shun his funeral.

  • IsraelFirster

    It really makes life miserable when a gun comes out of a cabinet and forces a thug to kill someone and then himself. Guns have way more control over people than knives or baseball bats. *Sarcasm deliberate*

  • David TheKing

    This is obviously the result of a Zionist plot and a conservative conspiracy.
    Samuel Colt was a Mossad agent planted to bring down western culture.

    What asses!

  • patron

    I want to hear ESPN's College Game Day's Lee Corso's view of the issue, as well as Chris "Boomer" Berman and NFL Network's Michael Irvin.

    Corso reveals his stance on the issue by putting on headgear and shooting off the Sooner Boomer.

    If "Dandy" Don Meredith was still on TV, this would have been fun.

  • BLJ

    I wonder how some of these idiots in the media would act if Belcher was white? The guy was a thug and a coward. I hope he rots in hell.

  • Michael Canzano

    Whitlock and load some Sanity !

  • Michael Canzano

    I'm sure more people died in auto accidents than from self inflicted extreme violence .
    Maybe Whitlock and Costas can rant on banning autos . Makes perfect Liberal Logic .

  • UCSPanther

    "What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

    Yeah right. If he didn't have a gun, he would've stabbed, strangled or even beat her to death.

    See also: Chris Benoit. Same thing, but no gun involved.

    • ebonystone

      And, as NRA chief Wayne Lapierre pointed out, if she'd had a gun, she might still be alive. Although there would still be a dead linebacker.

  • tagalog

    Bob Costas said, "What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

    What I believe is that if he didn't possess a gun, Belcher would have knifed Kasandra Perkins, or strangled her.

    And what's with leaving her corpse behind and going to the practice facility and killing himself there, in front of observers? What kind of personality defect is that, that he has to traumatize others with his suicide? Oh well, a toad is a toad and acts like one.

    • Mary Sue

      Bob Costas should listen to the link Arlie provided…
      (particularly the part where the caller said Jovan shoulda been dead 10 years ago!)

  • Mary Sue

    I once saw a department store clerk at a store that also handled sporting equipment (including rifles and shotguns) that refused to assist a patron who only wanted to LOOK at them, because she was "terrified" of guns. She explicitly stated she didn't even want to be in the same section that the guns, which were LOCKED UP in display cases, were.

  • Ghostwriter

    I had a listen to Arlie's link to the guy who said that Jovan Belcher used to beat up his son. That guy sounded angry and extremely bitter to me. If true,he has every right to feel that way. Others like Asher have said that this guy used to knock around women. From the pictures I have seen of Belcher,he didn't need a gun to kill his girlfriend. He could have easily strangled her without any problem. The fact that he shot her first and then himself says something to me. And from what I've been hearing about him,he was NOT a nice guy.

  • FRONTPGSubscr'br.

    There's truth to this, that's a truly damning testimony for JB. I'd be inclined to believe its veracity. School environments (of that sort) can be unbelievably VICIOUS! The sports environment (Hip! Hip! Rah! Rah!)
    does TOO LITTLE to deal with this culture!! That makes everyone associated complicit.

  • Tanner

    Wow! I've never heard of this happening on a sports channel. So the far-left is taking control of sports channels, huh? Well, isn't that not surprising? The far-left wants to control your life. Keep in mind that these kinds of things are one of many battles between the Left and the Right. The Left is against owning a firearm, is against speaking critically of Islam, and is against any belief that disagrees with their views (in what Herbert Marcuse once called "Repressive Tolerance"). In other words, these are not separate battles, but these battles are at the center of what is freedom and who's going to destroy it. Keep fighting the Left through education and activism, and we may have a chance to protect the US. If we don't fight the good fight, then expect a neo-KGB system to run the US by outlaws and savages that have no concern for human life and the US Constitution.

    • Mary Sue

      Actually the vast majority of the Sports Media is left wing. Heck, the Sports Reporter for a small local paper was self-revealed as a leftist back in the 80s already, when he did an entire column unrelated to sports, but it was a typical leftists insane screed about the environmental state of the world, and how people should stop having kids to save the environment. And then closed out with "By the way, I practice what I preach. I don't have any children."

  • rangerrebew

    I'm all for gun control! So were Castro, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, and every other dictator. I think we should disarm ourselves so we can be more easily taken over by the government and put into slavery. I think only criminals should have guns and every law abiding citizen made vulnerable to thugs just like Belcher. Admiral Yamamoto warned against attacking the U.S. because he knew so many people had weapons otherwise we could be Japanese now – or German. Yes, let's get rid of guns because as every good liberal believes, it couldn't happen here.

  • RUI

    Blaming that guy's demise on the putative "gun culture" is like blaming a city bombing on the "gravity culture" that insists on making missiles go ballistic.
    A killer is a killer; he will kill with a spoon if he has to. A gun is just a tool. In the hands of irresponsible and dangerous people it becomes deadly, but guns don't shoot themselves anymore than suicide bombs build and detonate themselves.

  • tuffone3

    CNN's Powell apparently believes that Jovan got his feelings hurt and that set him off. Somebody call the speechpolice!

    • Mary Sue

      Identity Politics dictates that only a minority can have their feelings hurt and then expect something to be done about it. Non-minorities (IE whitey) are expected to "suck it up."

  • Max

    This Whitlock guy is an utter imbacile. So, following his twisted logic, it was the inanimate gun that stood up, took an aim and pulled its own trigger without the assailant's involvement. Is this guy on crack? How many times do we need to remind him that guns don't kill. People kill. People with degenerate brains, people with arrogant attitude, people who want to take away your money, etc. I mean, anyone can use a decent-sized rock to crush someone else's skull. I guess, following that logic, we need to get rid of all rocks and stones. And while we are at it, we should outlaw spoons, because they make people fat! I mean, you can kill people with butter knife, if you apply it to the right part of the human anatomy. Is this guy really that stupid? Seriously!!! NFL pays big money to have him on staff???? Unreal.