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Kansas mayor sidesteps Chiefs fixture issue

2 December 2012 18:33

Local mayor Sly James has refused to comment on whether the Kansas City Chiefs should play on Sunday following Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide.

Belcher, a linebacker for the Chiefs, shot his girlfriend on Saturday before driving to the team's training facility and shooting himself.

While there had been calls for Sunday's game to be postponed, Kansas City's mayor said NFL and Chiefs administrators were in the best position to decide what to do regarding the match against the Carolina Panthers, which went ahead as expected.

"I'm not weighing in an opinion on that, that's not my call," James said.

"The people who do this as experts, for a living, I am sure they have contemplated this type of situation before.

"I know there were conversations after 9/11 about when games should and shouldn't be played and they may have a policy already in place.

"I'll let them make those decisions."

James has told the Kansas City Chiefs that he will put the city's resources at the franchise's disposal to ensure they get through the aftermath of Belcher's murder-suicide as best they can.

"We are willing to do whatever they need to have done, to provide whatever help that we can and to try to help them keep things in perspective and focused on the real issue which is the tragic loss of life," James said.

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