When Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher put nine bullets in his girlfriend and then shot himself in front of his coaches three days ago, the first thing I said was:
The negrification of professonal sports, a process that has proceeded step by step with the thugification of professional sports, reached a sort of climax today…
That’s the sort of statement that has made me a non-person in contemporary American society and particularly in the mainstream conservative movement. Nevertheless, what I said was true, and, with regard to Belcher, was more true than I realized. Now we’re finding out how much of a thug Belcher really was. A radio caller to the Schnitt Show (Schnitt doesn’t seem to have a first name) has an amazing story about Jovan Belcher. Twelve years ago, when Belcher and the caller’s son were both 13 and attending the same school in West Babylon, New York, Belcher and a gang of his friends repeatedly beat up the caller’s son and threatened him with worse. The father complained to the school and the police. Nothing was done. The caller says that Belcher had an ability to appear like a choir boy in front of adults and no one would believe that he was a violent criminal. Finally, out of fear for their son’s life, the family moved from Long Island to Tampa, where they reside now. The caller says that his son was so traumatized by Belcher’s treatment of him that for years he became dangerous himself, as he would over-react to any perceived threat from others. However, in the last few years the son has gotten over the trauma, settled down and married, and now has children.