KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In his weekly discussion with the media Monday afternoon, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel touched on guns and players in the NFL.
Crennel was one of the staff members in the parking lot of the team's practice facility when linebacker Jovan Belcher, killed himself Saturday morning.
Police said Belcher shot himself in the head when he saw officers approaching.
"I wasn't able to reach the young man," Crennel told the media.
Belcher had fatally shot his 22 year old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins about 20 minutes earlier at their Kansas City home.
Crennel said the NFL has a strict policy on guns and weapons.
It specifically states guns are prohibited at "a facility owned, operated or being used by an NFL club ... locker room, workout site, parking area…"
Police said the different guns used in the two shootings Saturday were both legally owned by Belcher.
But Crennel explained many new players who own guns do not know the laws and some break the NFL's weapons policy unknowingly.
"You're talking about young people who come to you, and sometimes they don't know the law, they just have a gun. Believe it or not, some of them drive it up in the car. They might drive it to a state where they don't know what the laws are in that state or the states they have to travel through with a gun in the car," he said. "What we try to do is try to educate them and inform them and say look let us take care of this gun for you because you can't have it on NFL property, at any NFL event you can't have one, so let's not be tempted by it."
Former Chiefs player Eddie Kennison said he had never seen weapons on NFL property.
Kennison added that all players are checked before they are allowed to enter a visitors stadium.
An autopsy could take a month and will include toxicology tests.
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