Thanks to a law enforcement source of Peter King’s, we now know at least some of Jovan Belcher’s last words to GM Scott Pioli before he took his own life. It should also be noted that Pioli was put in the impossible position of actually having to call Romeo Crennel and Gary Gibbs and bring them out to talk to a troubled man with a gun. Read King’s full Monday Morning QB piece here.
“But as I reported on NBC Sunday night, a source close to law enforcement on the scene Saturday told me the story had some differences from the one widely reported over the weekend. When Pioli arrived at the Chiefs’ complex around 8 a.m., Belcher had just arrived and was out of his car. Pioli got out of his car and noticed that Belcher was in an agitated state, according to my source. As they spoke, Pioli saw Belcher had a gun. Though Belcher was clearly unstable, the source said Pioli didn’t feel threatened because Belcher never pointed the gun at him. Belcher and Pioli were alone in the parking lot, a few yards apart, for several minutes.
(The source did not tell me if Pioli knew exactly what Belcher had done before he arrived, but he said clearly Belcher had shot someone and spoke of the police coming for him soon.)
At one point while the two men were alone in the parking lot, the source said, Belcher said to Pioli: ‘I came here to tell you thank you. Thank you for my chance. I love you, bro.’
The source said Pioli tried to calm Belcher, but had little success. At one point, Belcher asked Pioli, ‘Can I talk to Romeo and Gary?’ Crennel and Gibbs, he meant.
Pioli took out his cell phone and called Crennel, asking him to get Gibbs and come outside. (Imagine what Pioli had to be thinking here: I’m calling two of my closest coaching friends to come out into an open parking lot with an unstable man with a gun, who apparently has shot someone, and is impervious to any attempt to calm him down. How dangerous is that?)
Within minutes Gibbs and Crennel appeared. They, too, tried to calm Belcher, to no avail. Belcher thanked them for his NFL opportunity, and he began to walk away from them.
‘I wasn’t able to reach the young man,’ Crennel said softly over the phone from Kansas City Sunday.
Belcher walked a few steps away, put the gun to his head, and pulled the trigger.”