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Old 12-03-2012, 11:38 AM  
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Dwayne Bowe Salutes 'Javon' Belcher


Dwayne Bowe Salutes Jovan Belcher By Wearing A T-Shirt With His Name Misspelled

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I think it's entirely reasonable for people to disagree on the proper way to commemorate a complex tragedy like that of Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend before killing himself. Of those who argued for the Chiefs game going on as scheduled because football provides a distraction from the awful parts of life, and those who said the game should have been postponed because it was unfair to ask Chiefs players and coaches to take the field so soon after a traumatizing event, neither side was "wrong"—they were just stating their opinions.

You can see both sides of the argument on how Belcher should have been commemorated. It's easy to grasp the argument that Belcher was a murderer before he was a suicide, that taking his own life is the only thing that separates him from Rae Carruth or O.J. Simpson and he shouldn't be celebrated for it, that it's an insult to Kasandra Perkins's death to marginalize her for her more famous killer. On the other hand, Belcher was the famous one, and the only reason fans feel a connection to this horror at all. He was clearly a very troubled person, and if he wasn't strictly a tragic figure, it's impossible to expect those who knew him in life to vilify him now.

It's definitely OK to turn this into a public debate on larger issues. If the wake of nationally relevant firearm deaths isn't the time to bring up gun control, when is? But this runs the risk of polarizing a tragedy for political means, and distracting from the perhaps more germane issue of mental illness.

Everyone deals with sadness in their own way, and there's no single "right" way to mourn, especially when tragedy and crime intermix. Maybe the only "wrong" thing you can do is tell someone else that their grief isn't the right kind of grief, as if that's something that can be dictated. Any way someone chooses to react to Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide—yes, even with dark humor—is fine if it works for them.

That said, spelling "Javon" Belcher's name wrong on the commemorative t-shirt is definitely the wrong way to grieve.

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:07 PM   #76
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"In the locker room, some wore T-shirts that included a photo of Belcher and “Rest in Peace.”

Wide receiver Dexter McCluster, whose locker is next to Belcher’s, wore his during interviews."

quote source: After tragedy, emotions surge at Arrowhead Stadium
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:07 PM   #77
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youre welcome Mr. Brock from Larryville. lemme know if u need any other non homer nfl player reviews in the future
Will do. I'll give them the same amount of regard I do this one.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:11 PM   #78
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he doesnt' even know how to spell his "friend"'s name
Black people have pretty unique names at times. There's like 12 different ways you could possibly spell his name.

Plus its misspelled on a thread on this very board.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:53 PM   #79
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Remember Sunday when Quinn threw one like that to Bowe, andhe just dropped his arms and didn't even bother.

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Old 12-03-2012, 02:47 PM   #80
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:58 PM   #81
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:23 PM   #82
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do u see how he runs his routes? he gives the same amount of effort when spelling commemoration tee shirts
Dudes been in the NFL for 5 years and has had top 10 seasons in all but one of those years.


But yeah... he doesn't put in any effort.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:35 PM   #83
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It would have been a more entertaining read if the title read "Duane Bowe...", then someone else could have written an article about "Berry Petchesky's article on Dwayne Bowe's misspelled shirt", and so on.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:38 PM   #84
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Where does it say that Bowe came up with the type for the shirt?
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:46 PM   #85
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I don't really have too much of an issue with Belcher's friends and teammates honoring him. One way you can look at it - the man basically "died" when he shot his girlfriend - the man he was. They can still honor the man he was before these events took place and the life he led up until he went crazy and committed murder/suicide.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:53 PM   #86
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I wouldn't say 60% but I would say that he's responsible for a ton of obscenities on game days. Pretty sure the announcers called him out for his nonchalant route running yesterday too. Between that and the dropped passes at the most inopportune times I would say he's underperformed a lot.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:56 PM   #87
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I don't really have too much of an issue with Belcher's friends and teammates honoring him. One way you can look at it - the man basically "died" when he shot his girlfriend - the man he was. They can still honor the man he was before these events took place and the life he led up until he went crazy and committed murder/suicide.
I agree with this.

What bothers me is fans saying RIP to a man they did not know. He's dead by his own actions.

I REALLY wish the coward did not kill himself.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:59 PM   #88
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If Bowe can be this good giving "60%" with nobody at quarterback, I wonder what he might have been with Peyton Manning pressuring him on and off the field. Or what he could be with Geno Smith or Tyler Wilson or Tyler Bray or Ryan Nassib, with a quarterback able to make plays and get him the ball in favorable positions, able to get him fully invested in the game.

(Not that I don't think he's fully invested now, or that he only gives marginal effort...)
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:08 PM   #89
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Its heartening to know that the Bowe haters are an extremely small minority.

This place hasnt become what it is with a bunch of dumb mfers ruling the roost.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:10 PM   #90
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Dudes been in the NFL for 5 years and has had top 10 seasons in all but one of those years.


But yeah... he doesn't put in any effort.
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