NFL To Support Jovan Belcher’s Daughter

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I know everyone knows about the tragedy surrounding the murder/suicide of Jovan Belcher and the mother of his child, Kaasandra Perkins.  The biggest casualty of this mayhem was the orphaning of their 3-month old daughter, Zoey.  This child will never get to experience life with her mother and father.  She grow up deprived of the continuous love of her parents.  However….

Via Yahoo! Sports

On the same day the Kansas City Fire Department released the 911 tapes from the murder-suicide of Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, the NFL announced some positive news. Zoey, the 3-month-old daughter of Perkins and Belcher, will be supported by the league through college.

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, she is the beneficiary of the collective bargaining agreement signed last year. Zoey’s guardian or her estate will receive $108,000 a year. When she is 5, she will receive $48,000, then $52,000 a year until she is 18 or 23, depending on if she goes to college.

Belcher shot Perkins on Saturday morning, then kissed her and apologized. He then apologized to his mother, who was staying with the couple to help with Zoey as they worked on their problems, and then kissed Zoey. He then went to the Chiefs’ training facility and shot himself in the head in front of head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.

Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepard, said Wednesday that Zoey is doing “fine.” Shepard didn’t add much else but to say that she herself hasn’t eaten or slept much since the tragedy. The Chiefs attended a memorial service for Belcher on Wednesday.

My hats off to the NFL for standing with Zoey, even if I’m not sure how much they would have (or at all) had the collective bargaining agreement not had that clause in it.  Either way, this is a bit of positive news in an extremely terrible and traumatic tale.

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