Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; General view of the Arrowhead Stadium before the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Notes: Arrowhead Death Ruled a Homicide, Three Players Miss Practice, Lawsuit


ARROWHEAD DEATH

The reported death of a man in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex has been ruled a homicide. This does not necessarily mean the death was a murder, but it does open the door for potential criminal charges.

From the KC Star:

The medical examiner’s office did not provide a cause of death, but told police that the manner of death would be ruled homicide, meaning the death was caused by the hands of another. The ruling does not necessarily mean murder charges will be filed. Homicides can be justified, considered self defense or charged as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.

The rest of this story goes into more detail about what is known about the incident. Unfortunately it only brings about more questions than answers.

THREE PLAYERS MISS PRACTICE

Andy Reid said three players – Anthony Fasano, Justin Houston, and Branden Albert – missed practice today due to injuries. Houston is expected to miss next week’s game against Washington, but Albert thinks he could go. Fasano has a concussion so his status is more complex than the other two.

FIVE FORMER PLAYERS SUE CHIEFS

Five former Chiefs players have sued the organization over head injuries. Those players – Chris Martin, Kevin Porter, Joe Phillips, Louis Cooper, and Leonard Griffin – are arguing that they can sue the Chiefs because they did not play under a collective bargaining agreement and due to a Missouri law that allows employees to sue employers if they are declined workers’ compensation.

Here’s what Martin said via the KC Star:

“I would like to have had the opportunity to know that going back on the field (after concussions) would cause me to have severe disabilities later in life — I didn’t know that,” says Martin, who played for the Chiefs during 1988-92. “That’s what the lawsuit is about, us having the opportunity to make that decision.”

The lawsuit comes three months after the NFL settled a case with former players for $765 million over concussions.

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