I’m a confessed sports junkie-especially during football season. As GREAT as the games in both college and pro were this weekend, the over-riding story was the tragedy in Kansas City.
If you haven’t heard, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Javon Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend on Saturday. He then drove to the Chiefs practice facility to thank the coaches and GM for making his NFL dreams come true, then turned around and took his own life in front of them.
It goes without saying that this was a very troubled and disturbed man. No doubt many of his teammates find themselves answering this question (either to themself or others), “Did you notice anything wrong with Javon?”
It’s no different than if this sort of thing had happened in your office.
The Chiefs current quarterback is a journeyman NFL player named, Brady Quinn. Once a college star at Notre Dame, his professional career has never had the poignance on the field as it did following the Chiefs victory on Sunday off of it-as he addressed the media at a postgame press conference.
“When you ask someone how they are doing, do you really mean it? When you answer someone back how you are doing, are you really telling the truth? We live in a society of social networks, with Twitter pages and Facebook, and that’s fine, but we have contact with our work associates, our family, our friends, and it seems like half the time we are more preoccupied with our phone and other things going on instead of the actual relationships that we have right in front of us. Hopefully, people can learn from this and try to actually help if someone is battling something deeper on the inside than what they are revealing on a day-to-day basis.”
There’s a HUGE lesson to be learned from this…and it has nothing to do with football.
And that’s something you can hang your hat on.