Glenn Dorsey deals with Kansas City tragedy
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Kansas City Chiefs continue to mourn the tragedy surrounding the murder-suicide involving one of their players. Some teammates have commented on the event and how they are trying to cope. Former LSU great Glenn Dorsey talked about how he is dealing with it.
As Dorsey was making a routine drive to the team's facility early Saturday morning, little did he know what would unfold that day. Having just been placed on the injured reserve with a calf issue, the massive defensive lineman was heading in to rehab his injury. That's when police intercepted his vehicle and asked that he turn around. Something unspeakable had occurred.
"It was unreal," a somber Dorsey said.
Soon, the Gonzales native and East Ascension Spartan legend would learn the horrific details. A fellow teammate, whose locker stood right next to his, was now gone and had murdered another in the process. Linebacker Jovan Belcher had just shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, a reported nine times, before driving to the Chiefs facility himself. Standing in an empty parking lot as head coach Romeo Crennel and Manager Scott Pioli pleaded with him, Belcher then turned the gun on himself. Perhaps saddest of all, the murder-suicide would leave behind a 3-month-old baby girl.
"It's been tough. Jovan was a great teammate and a dear friend of mine. Our lockers were side-by-side, so I would talk to him when I got there and when I would leave. And, that's what so hard to digest. He was a great guy," Dorsey explained.
When asked if he saw anything like this coming, Dorsey admits he was blindsided.
"We talked about everything. Nothing out of the norm. Everyone has problems. Nobody thought it would come to this. It's a big surprise. Jovan is a real quiet guy. It's a big shock to everyone. No one saw it coming," he added.
As many LSU fans know, Dorsey isn't the only former Tiger on the Kansas City roster. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, defensive back Travis Daniels and defensive lineman Tyson Jackson all play for the Chiefs as well. When word of an unidentified KC player killing himself began to spread Saturday morning, a few Louisiana natives naturally became worried.
"That's to be expected. People don't know what's going on. I got a lot of phone calls," Dorsey said.
Kansas City won a football game against Carolina on Sunday. It was the Chiefs first victory since beating the New Orleans Saints 27-24 in overtime back on September 23. In the 27-21 triumph over the Panthers, Bowe caught four passes for 64 yards, while Jackson made five tackles, a stop for loss and registered a quarterback sack.
"I talk to Tyson every day. He took it hard also," Dorsey said.
The Chiefs are now only 2-10 on the season, but in the wake of unspeakable tragedy, Dorsey said it's a huge win.
"It felt good to win. It helped in the grand scheme of things. You want to feel good, feel good as a family. In that locker room, we all take care of each other. We needed it just to get everyone's spirits up. Everyone is coming together, rallying around each other. The community is really behind us as well," Dorsey continued.
Dorsey likewise understands how many people will view Belcher for the gruesome acts he committed.
"I feel bad for both sides. I knew the young lady also. It's a sad situation altogether. You pray about it and move forward the best way you can," he said.
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