KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The show must go on for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The team confirmed they will play against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead as scheduled on Sunday, despite a murder-suicide involving one of their own Saturday morning.
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“After discussions between the league office, Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play tomorrow’s game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time,” the team said in a statement.
On the Country Club Plaza Saturday, Chiefs fans said the loss of human life should take precedence to football. Mike Sarver said it puts a disappointing season into a different kind of perspective.
“It’s been a frustrating season," Sarver said. "You want to forget the anger or disappointment in the team and just kind of have your heart go out to everybody that’s been effected by what’s happened today."
Fans watching football at the 810 Sports Zone in Lee’s Summit said it’s the latest bad news and most tragic chapter of this season. Many debated whether the Chiefs should play Sunday.
“Physically, mentally, how are they going to have their head in the game?” Lori Crow wondered. “I don’t think they can.”
Marc Walker felt the same, but said the decision is complicated.
“You’d like to see them not do it, but like I say, there’s so much money involved in sports these days,” said Walker.
Paul Matlock believes players’ and fans’ handling of the game will make all the difference.
“Even though they will play tomorrow, I think they can do it in a respectful manner,” Matlock said.
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