Agent for Belcher Can’t Believe Events Leading to Client’s Death

The agent for both Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and Romeo Crennel, the coach who witnessed Belcher’s suicide in a parking lot outside the team’s Arrowhead Stadium training facility Saturday morning, said “never in a million years” did he think Belcher was capable of such violence, Peter King of SI.com reports.

Longtime agent Joe Linta said from his New Haven, Conn., home Saturday afternoon: “Jovan was a happy, proud father, with pictures of his baby on his Facebook page. This is shocking. Something went crazy wrong, and we’ll probably never know what it is.”

“Never until four hours ago did I think Jovan was anything but a model citizen,” Linta said. “He came to my youth clinics in the offseason and worked with kids. He was a gracious, unselfish, hard-working, dedicated kid — very, very caring of some of the underprivileged kids who came to the clinics. I saw him in a real positive way.

“I never take on anyone as a client I wouldn’t be proud to take home and spend time with my wife and kids. Jovan was one of those type of people.

“There’s no word for this other than shocking. That’s all I can think of.”


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