Jovan Belcher's agent didn't see it coming

Jamie Squire

Joe Linta, his agent, is stunned.

In the coming days and weeks we'll try to piece together why Jovan Belcher would kill his girlfriend and then turn the gun on himself. This is going to be a difficult topic to talk about but I'm going to do my best.

The agent for Jovan Belcher (and Romeo Crennel), Joe Linta, spoke to Peter King of SI.com and he says there wasn't anything he noticed recently that would suggest something like this was coming.

"Never until four hours ago did I think Jovan was anything but a model citizen,'' Linta said. "He came to my youth clinics in the offseason and worked with kids. He was a gracious, unselfish, hard-working, dedicated kid -- very, very caring of some of the underprivileged kids who came to the clinics. I saw him in a real positive way.

"I never take on anyone as a client I wouldn't be proud to take home and spend time with my wife and kids. Jovan was one of those type of people."

That he wasn't a known problem child makes this all the more difficult to understand. He was a good guy by many accounts.

Linta also represents Romeo Crennel. King asked how Crennel would be able to coach Sunday's game given the events.

"With dignity, like everything Romeo does in his life,'' said Linta. "Life doesn't hand you roses all the time. But Romeo is a salt-of-the-earth kind of person who will rely on his faith and his determination to do what he has to do, to do what's right. He will know what to say to his team, because he always knows what to say.'"

I just wish we knew yesterday what was going on. It all seems so preventable.

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