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  •  Her friend, Shelby's summation was accurate (48+ / 0-)
    “I don’t want her to get overshadowed by who he was,” VanCompernolle said. “I know he was a Chiefs player and a lot of people know him, but she deserve recognition, too."
    And sadly, that is just the way it is.  Belcher was well known, she was not.  The media has to do a good bit more work and digging to get information on her and that information is only available if her friends and family are willing to talk.

    I can speak to this from my experience in writing IGTNT diaries - sometimes there is a wealth of information about a fallen troop and other times there is zilch.

    But, this post made me recall one IGTNT write up in particular -- it was the 30 troops lost, most of whom were SEALs, in the Chinook helicopter crash in August 2011.  The IGTNT worked as a team to cover all the fallen and published them in two different diaries on the same night.  

    One of the fallen was the Army pilot of the Chinook, Bryan Nichols and his 10 year old son made this plea to CNN (a plea to mention his father and the other non-seals who died in that incident).  You see, the coverage of the SEALs was pretty prevalent in the beginning and hardly any mention was being made about the others who died in that crash.

    Here is the heartbreaking follow-up CNN story done as a result of young Braydon Nichols.

    I just wanted to illustrate that sometimes the lack of information on an individual is deliberate on the part of that individual's family.  They simply do  not want to talk to reporters.  

    That said, I applaud your digging for info on this young mother and your links to Domestic Violence.

    Thanks for this post.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:07:02 AM PST

    •  One part of this story that is not being covered (12+ / 0-)

      is the epidemic of devastating TBI's (traumatic brain injuries) among pro-football players (and pro-hockey players).

      The dissected brains of these guys often look just like the brains of soldiers returning from the Middle East who've suffered closed-head injuries from IED explosions. Similar to advanced alzheimer sufferers except the damage is on the outer edges of the brain, not deep inside.  Except with athletes in dangerous contact sports, the damage is caused by repeated, progressive head injuries, not one big blast.  

      Symptoms of these brain injuries often get worse without treatment - not that treatment can turn back the damage.  It can't, but it can flag potential time bombs and help control behavior with therapy, anti-convulsants and anti-depressants. Generally the sufferer feels like he is losing his self-control and begins self-medicating with alcohol/drugs...which only escalate the progression and often increase the aggressive tendencies.  Symptoms can include forgetfulness (especially short-term), hair-trigger temper, depression, violent outbursts, irrationality, mood swings etc.  

      Because these issues aren't recognized or are covered up, they aren't treated.  And so often, those suffering take their illness out on the people closest to them - especially the women - before turning in on themselves.

      It would be interesting to compare this guy pre-football career to what he was like as a teen or younger man.  He may just be a horrendous sociopath.  But he also may have lost his mind because we pay our 'sports idols' millions of dollars to overlook the fact that they may never have a normal brain again.

      "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

      by hopesprings on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:29:03 AM PST

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      •  Some graphic illustrations (2+ / 0-)
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        of the point above, from an article in the NYT showing actual brain dissections from athletes thought to be suffering from this syndrome.

        "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

        by hopesprings on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 10:34:47 AM PST

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        •  So far, there is no evidence that (1+ / 0-)
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          Javon suffered any serious head injuries throughout his football career.

          •  True, though the point of what (0+ / 0-)

            researchers are now finding it, you don't need to suffer 'serious' head injuries, you just need to get mildly concussed on a regular basis to cause this problem.  

            In fact, there are some indications that even high school level players are developing these issues.

            NOT letting Javon off the hook in any way, shape or form.  In fact, this may have nothing to do with what happened.   And whether it did or not in no way excuses the media minimizing the fact that he committed murder, first and foremost.

            But this type of sustained repeated head injury HAS done similar damage to enough players to more than suggest that just like we are creating walking bombs with TBI's and PTSD when soldiers return from war, we are also creating them in our sports franchises.  The pro players get compensated in the millions to take the risk.  The college and high school level players don't know the risk they are taking, probably for nothing.  

            "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

            by hopesprings on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 03:49:38 PM PST

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      •  You're right that this may be a part of the story (0+ / 0-)

        However, I would prefer that the media withhold speculation on this count unless there is evidence that he suffered from brain injuries.

        "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

        by Lost Left Coaster on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 02:28:47 PM PST

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