The unified gesture of spiritual homeage, came after the tragic murder suicide of Jovan Belcher, 25. Belcher shot his 22 year old girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, multiple times before going to the stadium to thank coaches where he shot himself in front of the coach and general manager.
No motive for the action has been reported as of 12/3/12.
This act should be the last straw for all professional organizations to collectively begin researching the effects of head trauma as it pertains to participation in impact sports. The information is critical in ensuring that ALL athletes from little league to the big leagues are actively protected from the high rigors of the sports for the which millenial athletes are expected to entertain the audiences.
The games have changed. The skill level has definitely changed (not for the better). The expectations for performance output has changed. Individuals are risking life and limb, literally to get a CHANCE to get paid well for a few years. However, if mortal injury is sustained in the journey process-then what is the actual benefit?
Injury is a part of being an athlete, but internal crisis is occurring more frequently, it seems.
It has not been determined that any of the suicides among professional athletes is related to any neurological malfunction, however, given the extreme terminal decisions-it MUST be critically explored.