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Jovan Belcher’s mother files wrongful-death lawsuit against the Kansas City Chiefs

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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself in December of 2012. It was a terrible situation that is still affecting Belcher's family and the Chiefs.

Belcher's mother has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Chiefs, according to the Kansas City Star. The suit says he “unknowingly sacrificed his brain” during his four years with the Chiefs. The suit, according to the Star, says the team knew, or should have known, that Belcher was showing signs of "cognitive and neuro-psychiatric impairment."

Belcher's body was exhumed two weeks ago and his brain is being examined for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

The Star said a similar lawsuit is expected to be filed on behalf of Belcher's year-old daughter Zoey by her guardian. The lawsuits are expected to be merged.

Belcher killed his girlfriend with multiple gunshots on Dec. 1, 2012, then drove to the stadium and killed himself with a shot to the head. Belcher was 25 years old when he took his life, and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins was 22.

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