December 3, 2012, 9:46 pm
The sports world was rocked over the weekend with the news of the tragic events surrounding Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kassandra Perkins. Soren Petro from WHB 810 in Kansas City joined Chad on Flight 750 Monday to discuss the aftermath of the tragedy and Kansas City’s dramatic victory over Carolina on Sunday.
Petro insists that prior to this weekend, Belcher seemed to be the type of underdog success story that makes you love sports.
“He’s a guy that was kind of one of those stories that you root for. He was not drafted. He came from Maine. He started out as a Special Teams player and then eventually became the starter…He was a guy that had to work for everything he had. I think that was kind of the view that fans had of him.”
Petro then talked about the Chiefs’ decision to go and play the game Sunday, just mere hours after learning of the tragedy.
“I think it was therapeutic for the players, the coaching staff and the organization as a whole. And now I think they are left with trying to pick up the pieces and figure out how to move forward.”
Petro also praised Romeo Crennel for the way he was able to get his men ready for the game under such unfathomable circumstances.
“There’s no doubt he was the right guy to lead this team and to lead the recovery process that everyone is going through because he is such a caring individual and I think you saw him at his best. And it is dealing with human beings that he is at his best.”
Finally, Petro addressed the controversial comments that Bob Costas made during Sunday Night Football over the weekend.
“I think Bob Costas, on an NFL Broadcast, is a little bit out of line to step forward and talk about gun control in this situation. Certainly hand guns led to the death of two individuals – There’s no denying that, and that’s an issue we have in this country – But that issue was there before Jovan Belcher and it’s still there now that he’s gone.”
Take a listen to the full interview and if you would like to hear more from Petro you can listen to his show “The Program” weekdays from 10am to 2:00pm.