I actually think that there are some initial indications that the NFL and the Chiefs are engaged in an effort to “put us off the scent.” I am sensing that there is a much bigger story here.
The Deadspin report raises the question as to whether Belcher had already shown the Chiefs some evidence of disturbing, pathologic behavior– perhaps the result of heavy drinking or drugging in which he may have been engaged before the murder-suicide. Belcher may also have been — as indirectly alleged in the emails from an apparent Belcher friend directed to Deadspin — one who had very recently gotten some direct and somehow concussive hits to the head. (Though I tend to see those allegations as more speculative and potentially unreliable.)
Pioli, Crennel, and the Chief’s ownership need to be asked about all these issues, and why Belcher was on the sidelines on November 25.