Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt spoke on the field before Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers with ESPN’s Ed Werder about the incredibly difficult task facing his franchise following the tragedy involving Jovan Belcher.
“What a tremendous tragedy in the fact that it happened at our training complex,” a somber Hunt said. “And our head coach and general manager and defensive coordinator were there to see it. Just a very, very difficult 24 hours for our organization.”
Hunt went to the team hotel last night to make sure every player and coach knew they had his support and he saw a lot of his guys struggling.
“We have a lot of guys who are really hurting, both the player and coaches. The coaches, they understand that it’s their job right now to be leaders. They’ve got to lead in a very difficult situation. We have a lot of young players on the team and they’re going to be looking up to the coaches and the veterans on the team. It’s going to be a very hard day for them, no two ways about it.”
While the owner wasn’t ready to try and predict how these emotions will translate to their performance on the field, he knows what to expect.
“I know that the guys are going to rally around each other and they are going to come out here and give it their best.”