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The mother of Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who killed his girlfriend then himself in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot in December 2012, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the team.
The suit was filed on Tuesday in Jackson County circuit court, reports the Kansas City Star. It claims that Belcher “unknowingly sacrificed his brain” for the team during his four-year career. His mother says that the team should have seen signs that Belcher dealt with cognitive and neuro-psychiatric problems and didn’t protect him.
Two weeks ago, Belcher’s family had his body exhumed at a cemetery in Bay Shore, New York. The family is having his brain tested to see if he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is mentioned in the lawsuit. Results from the tests have not been released yet.
Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, on Dec. 1, 2012. Then, he drove to the Chiefs’ practice facility, where he killed himself with a gunshot to the head. The couple had a daughter, who is now a year old.
The Star reports that another suit is expected to be filed by their daughter’s guardian. The two suits will be merged and handled by the same Kansas City attorneys.
A rep for the Chiefs told the Star that they do know about the suit but would not comment.