At least seven NFL players have turned their guns into their respective team’s security following the murder-suicide of linebacker Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Peter King from NBC’s Football Night in America.
At least one player in the report turned over multiple firearms, saying that he does not trust himself with the guns.
Belcher, 25, shot and killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, 22, at their Kansas City home following a dispute. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and shot himself in front of his coach and general manager.
Belcher and Perkins have a 3-month-old daughter, Zoey.
There were more guns found in Belcher’s residence legally registered to Belcher.
“The majority of people own them, you know, especially in the places that they’re legal,” Chiefs linebacker Brandon Siler said last week. “People don’t go out and shoot other people. Most of the time they’re for self-defense or sport. Yeah, people own guns, but did you ever hear him say anything about harming someone with a gun? No.”
Chiefs defensive tackle Shaun Smith supports having a gun for security.
“Just because we’re in the NFL, that doesn’t make us no different,” he said last week. “You never know when someone would try to rob you or whatever. … I’ve worked hard to get where I am. I’ll be damned if I’d let someone just take it away from me, period.”
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