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Autopsy shows Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher was drunk when he killed girlfriend, himself 01.14.13 at 1:18 pm ET
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Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was legally drunk when he killed his live-in girlfriend and then himself on Dec. 1, according to autopsy results released Monday.

The Kansas City Star reports that the former University of Maine star had a blood-alcohol level of .17 when he died. Police discovered Belcher sleeping in his car outside the apartment of another woman at about 3 a.m. following a night out, but officers noted that his car was legally parked and he “became more fluid and coherent” shortly after being woken up, and there was no smell of alcohol.

Belcher, 25, shot his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, nine times a few hours later at their home after an argument. The couple’s infant daughter and Belcher’s mother were in the home as well. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and spoke to general manager Scott Pioli, linebackers coach Gary Gibbs and head coach Romeo Crennel before turning his gun on himself.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Some NFL players reportedly turn in guns after KC tragedy 12.10.12 at 7:30 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Texans at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (WCVB, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Pistons at 76ers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Jovan Belcher tragedy in Kansas City apparently was a wakeup call for at least a few NFL players, leading to them turning in their guns to team security.

♦ At least seven NFL players have surrendered their guns to team personnel in the wake of last week’s murder-suicide in Kansas City, according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

King, who revealed the information on NBC’s “Football Night in America” pregame show Sunday night, reported that one player turned in multiple weapons, saying that he didn’t trust himself with the guns.

Following last week’s incident involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, it’s been speculated that about 70 percent of NFL players own at least one gun, with many owning more than one.

♦ The Cowboys managed to win Sunday, posting a 20-19 road victory over the Bengals one day after the death of linebacker Jerry Brown and the arrest of defensive lineman Josh Brent on charges of intoxication manslaughter (Brent was released on bond Sunday afternoon).

“It’s a hard, hard situation we’re in,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “There’s no playbook for this sort of thing in life.”

Added defensive end Marcus Spears: “This was a step in the healing process for us. But we haven’t dealt with a lot yet — remembering Jerry and keeping his memory alive, dealing with Josh and supporting him in whatever way we can. That’s still to come.”

Meanwhile, according to a report from Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan, injured Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff had a “volcanic” argument with team owner Jerry Jones last week.

Ratliff, who signed a five-year, $40 million extension last year, had just 25 tackles and 10 quarterback pressures this season before sitting out the last three games. He’s missed seven games in all this year with join, ankle and foot problems.

Jones, a familiar figure in the locker room after games, reportedly approached Ratliff after last Sunday’s victory over the Eagles and said, “We need you.” Ratliff’s response was an angry one.

“They’re both passionate men and great men and they want to win, that’s all it is,” a source told the station. “But they were in each other’s faces. People had to intervene.”

♦ Spurs guard Stephen Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA and apologized for his threatening tweet toward Thunder center Serge Ibaka. Jackson sent his message after Ibaka tangled with Jackson’s friend and former teammate, Lakers forward Metta World Peace, on Friday night.

Wrote Jackson: Somebody tell serb Abaka. He aint bout dis life. Next time he run up on me im goin in his mouth. That’s a promise. He doin 2 much.

After the NBA and the Spurs condemned Jackson’s comments, Jackson sent out a much more well-written apology:

Tweeted Jackson: I apologize to Serge Ibaka, the NBA, and to all my fans for the comments I made. It was unprofessional and childish. I’m not a thug just a man who speaks his mind. It was not appropriate. I do apologize. Only a man can admit when he’s wrong.

Jackson and the former Ron Artest were teammates with the Pacers in 2004, when they both took part in the infamous brawl in the stands in Detroit that led to long suspensions.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 10, 1980, the Red Sox sent the left side of their infield — shortstop Rick Burleson and third baseman Butch Hobson — to the Angels for which three players?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Shocked Chiefs attend memorial service for Jovan Belcher 12.06.12 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Broncos at Raiders, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Knicks at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Xavier, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Long Beach State at Syracuse, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Chiefs players gather outside a memorial service for Jovan Belcher on Wednesday in Kansas City. (AP)

♦ Chiefs players and staff attended a private memorial service Wednesday for Jovan Belcher, the linebacker who killed his girlfriend and then himself over the weekend.

General manager Scott Pioli gave a eulogy for Belcher during the one-hour service. Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel tried to calm Belcher before the player shot himself in the stadium parking lot on Saturday.

“It was rough on him,” Hall of Famer Bobby Bell said of Pioli. “It’s a sad situation. You never want to be put under those situations. … You don’t want to see things like that. For him to get up and say something, I don’t know how he got through it.”

Chiefs players attending the service had little or nothing to say, but Bell summed up their feelings.

“You don’t wish this on anyone,” said Bell, a Chiefs linebacker/defensive end from 1963-74. “He’s done what he did, and it’s over with, and now we have to sit back and see where we go from here. I’m in a daze. … I can’t understand a young kid, 25 years old … his life is in front of him, and for it to be cut this short.

“Now the team has to move forward. It’s tough on them. A lot of the guys … when you see somebody and played with them, your buddy, your friend … he was just too young, man.”

Meanwhile, it was reported Wednesday that the estate of guardian of Belcher’s infant daughter will receive more than $1 million under terms of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.

♦ Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who served jail time after accidentally discharging a gun at a nightclub when he was with the Giants, talked about NFL players and guns in the wake of the Belcher murder-suicide. Burress said he didn’t think NFL players would change their attitudes despite the tragedy in Kansas City.

“Things like this happen to people every day,” Burress told USA Today. “It just happened to be Jovan, somebody that we knew. That’s why we’re having this discussion. But it goes on in society all the time.”

Added Burress: “It’s not really the culture of the NFL, it’s about what’s going on in society today.”

Gerald Wallace became the second NBA player to be fined for flopping, joining Nets teammate Reggie Evans on the list of offenders. Wallace was fined $5,000 Wednesday, after the league reviewed his third-quarter dive while guarding LeBron James during Saturday’s 102-89 loss to the Heat. Wallace’s first flop came during a 96-89 overtime victory over the Knicks, when he was defending Carmelo Anthony.

The Nets are the only team with more than one player who violated the new rules.

♦ Utah State basketball player Danny Berger was in critical condition Wednesday after collapsing at practice a day earlier. The 22-year-old junior had to be revived via CPR and a defibrillator after he stopped breathing.

Berger’s older brother, John, read from a prepared statement Wednesday and thanked assistant athletic trainer Mike Williams for his prompt response.

“He saved my brother’s life and I thank God for him,” an emotional John Berger said.

Wednesday night’s scheduled game at Brigham Young was postponed due to Berger’s situation.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 6, 1976, the Red Sox traded a young Cecil Cooper to the Brewers for which two players?

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