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NFL tells Panthers to travel as planned to Kansas City

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12:33 PM ET 12.01 | A horrible tragedy struck the Kansas City Chiefs organization on Saturday morning when 25-year-old linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend at their home before traveling to the Chiefs facility where he took his own life in the parking lot in front of head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli. While the tragedy has left the Chiefs organization scrambling to organize meetings and prepare for tomorrow's game as they cooperate with police, many are left wondering whether it would be in the league's best interest to cancel or postpone the game. As of now, the game will go as planned. NFL officials informed the Carolina Panthers to continue their flight to Kansas City as planned, per Panthers interim general manager Brandon Beane. The team is scheduled to depart at 1:15 p.m. ET.

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December 1, 2012  01:19 PM ET

Why would they cancel the game?

December 1, 2012  01:21 PM ET
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Why would they cancel the game?

They were probably going to cancel it before any of this happened. Nobody wants to watch these two teams play right now.

December 1, 2012  01:27 PM ET
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They were probably going to cancel it before any of this happened. Nobody wants to watch these two teams play right now.

Ed Zachary. And they're taking a close look at Cleveland/Oakland too.

December 1, 2012  01:56 PM ET

This game could be cancelled and rescheduled with little to no impact to the league. It would have been interesting to see what the league would do if the two teams scheduled to play were playoff contenders.

December 1, 2012  02:12 PM ET

Horrible Story!!!

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December 1, 2012  02:39 PM ET
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I consider myself to have a great sense of humor...but absolutely nothing funny about this story... or nothing to joke about either...

I wonder f this tragedy could be related to a concussion suffered by this young man.

December 1, 2012  02:40 PM ET

Absolutely the wrong decision on the part of the NFL. Cancel the game until mid-week at least.

December 1, 2012  02:41 PM ET
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They were probably going to cancel it before any of this happened. Nobody wants to watch these two teams play right now.

Anyone that has players from either of these teams in their fantasy lineup definately would want this game to be played.

December 1, 2012  02:44 PM ET
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Anyone that has players from either of these teams in their fantasy lineup definately would want this game to be played.

Anyone who has players on his fantasy team from these 2 teams ain't going anywhere in their league

December 1, 2012  02:45 PM ET

Whether to cancel game or not...it is a tough call....it is scary that we continue to find out what is hidden inside some folks via dramatic murder/suicides.......I really wish they would not post these stories here.....no matter how compassionate or sad one feels, it is very hard to relay that on here..

December 1, 2012  02:46 PM ET
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Absolutely the wrong decision on the part of the NFL. Cancel the game until mid-week at least.

Disagree, get there minds off it and play. The prep work for the week was finished

December 1, 2012  02:48 PM ET
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Anyone who has players on his fantasy team from these 2 teams ain't going anywhere in their league

I strongly disagree.

December 1, 2012  02:49 PM ET
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I wonder f this tragedy could be related to a concussion suffered by this young man.

funny I was thinking along the same lines wonder if there's enough left (he killed himself with a head shot) to study see if he has chronic traumatic encephalopathy

December 1, 2012  02:49 PM ET
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I strongly disagree.

ah so you have a player and are still competitive grasshopper

December 1, 2012  02:50 PM ET
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Whether to cancel game or not...it is a tough call....it is scary that we continue to find out what is hidden inside some folks via dramatic murder/suicides.......I really wish they would not post these stories here.....no matter how compassionate or sad one feels, it is very hard to relay that on here..

There are tragedies every day in society but life goes on.

December 1, 2012  02:50 PM ET
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ah so you have a player and are still competitive grasshopper

I have two and yes I am.

December 1, 2012  03:47 PM ET

OK KC just should forfit the game than.

December 1, 2012  03:47 PM ET
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I have two and yes I am.

Hey, so you're the guy in the fantasy league who drafted Matt Cassell? HAhahahahahaha!

 
December 1, 2012  03:58 PM ET
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There are tragedies every day in society but life goes on.

But unless you're a multi-millionaire, you won't hear about it.

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