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A Year After Jovan Belcher's Final Act, Friends Offer Clues to Tragic Downfall

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 25:  Inside linebacker Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks off the field during his
KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 25: Inside linebacker Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks off the field during his final game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

See, that’s the misconception of violent acts committed by violent people—that a singular moment tells us most of what we need to know.

Well, it’s not the moment. It’s the buildup to the moment. It’s the millions of little things that take you from there to here. From boy to man. From special-teamer to starter. From kind and warm and generous and giving to, well, dead. Murder. Suicide. Heartbreak. Nightmare.

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