NFL Will Support Jovan Belcher’s Daughter; Kansas City Chiefs Reportedly Helping With Funerals
Football fans are still reeling over last weekend’s shocking murder/suicide by Jovan Belcher. The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker committed suicide at Arrowhead Stadium in front of team officials shortly after shooting and killing his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their home. The couple had a daughter, Zoey, who’s currently under the care of Jovan’s family.
Although she’s too young to comprehend the tragic deaths of both her mother and father, the 3-month-old will be well provided for as she grows up under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. According to the NFL.com, for the next four years, Zoe or her guardian (or estate) will receive $9,000 per month or $108,000 per year. For one year, she’ll receive $48,000, and until she’s 18 or 23 (depending on if she goes to college), she’ll receive $52,000 per year.
The Chiefs are also doing their part to make things easier for both Javon and Kasandra’s families by providing financial assistance with the couple’s burial. According to TMZ:
“Sources directly involved with the situation tell us … the Chiefs have made it clear they don’t want either family to be stuck with the massive bills stemming from the funerals or memorial services.
We’re told members of Belcher’s family — which now has custody of the couple’s orphaned newborn baby — graciously accepted the offer … and the team will cover all of the costs of Belcher’s memorial in KC and funeral in NY.”
The team has also established a trust fund for Zoey. Contributions may be sent to:
Zoey Belcher Trust
UMB Bank — Attn: Trust Division
P.O. Box 419226
Kansas City, MO 64179
Such a tragic situation, but it’s good to see people are stepping up to make sure Jovan and Kasandra’s families have the support they need.