Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Jovan Belcher (59) on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
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During his time as a football standout at the University of Maine, Jovan Belcher gashed his arm when he punched out a window while "upset with a girl," according to a campus police report obtained by USA Today Sports Media Group.
Belcher, 25, who was in his fourth season as an NFL linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs, shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, Saturday and then fatally shot himself outside the Chiefs' team complex, according to police.
In a University of Maine Police Department incident report filed on April 1 of 2006, the reporting officer said he went to Adroscoggin Hall to respond to a report of a male with a "serious cut" on his arm. The officer said he found Belcher receiving medical treatment for cuts to the wrist and thumb.
"I was told that Belcher was upset over a girl and punched out a window," said the officer's report.
The case was classified as "criminal mischief" and referred to the school's Judicial Affairs office. On Monday, Robert Dana, vice president and dean of students at Maine, said he could not comment on the resolution of that incident because of student privacy laws.
He did, however, say that in general what would happen in incidents such as that is a "student would be attended to by a professional staff member on whatever situation arose, controlling emotions, managing anger, what have you." He added that when property is destroyed "typically restitution would be required" and the student would be subject to a range of discipline from a warning to dismissal.
The report said the total damage was estimated at $200.
"A case like this would be on the lower end," he said. "You'd have to comport behavior to university expectations or the punishment would be severe."
Dana worked at the school at the time. Asked if he ever saw any reason to be concerned over Belcher's behavior he replied, "No."
In another incident on Feb, 25, 2007, officers responded to a complaint of disorderly conduct and noise at Gannett Hall. The report said the complaint was called in by somebody who "became concerned about the raised voices" of Belcher and a girlfriend.
The officer said he found Belcher and the woman outside his room. "There was no indication of the discussion being physical and there was no indication of intoxication on either party," said the report.
The report said Belcher and the woman both said she was supposed to contact him by 11 p.m., and did not. "He became worried and when she did show up he told her that he did not want to see her until the morning. She asked to stay with him, but he said that it would be better to leave," said the report.
The woman was given a ride by campus police to another location, according to the report.
Over the weekend, the school said the only record of any interaction between Belcher and campus police involved helping him gain access to his dorm room after he had locked himself out. On Monday, however, the school released a statement that said they had searched records using a misspelled named (Jevon instead of Jovan) and found other police reports.
Contributing: Caroline Cornish, WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine; Melissa Kim, WLBZ-TV, Bangor, Maine; Thomas O'Toole.
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