NFL Steps Up: Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins’ Daughter To Receive $1M From League

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December 9, 2012 ‐ By madamenoire

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From ESSENCE

In light of the murder-suicide by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher of his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and himself, the National Football League is stepping in to provide financial assistance to the couple’s now-orphaned child. The league has agreed to pay for funeral arrangements and provide their three-month-old daughter, Zoey, with at least $1 million throughout her life span.

According to TMZ, the NFL agreed to pay for funeral arrangements to relieve the families from massive funeral and memorial service bills.

Baby Zoey, who is now in the custody of the Belcher family, will be taken care of through the league’s Surviving Child Benefit and health care plan. According to USA Today, she will receive $9,000 a month for the next four years and at least $4,000 a month until she turns 18, or 23 if she decides to go to college.

You can get the story in its entirety over at ESSENCE.

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  • Dang

    The Nfl (hopefully) is smart enough to set up a trustee who will watch the money so that all purchases are approved and only used for the child and her alone. To say the paternal grandmother shouldn’t have custody seems wrong to me.. He was a grown man who made his own decision. I don’t understand the reasoning behind not keeping the child with her. DV doesn’t start with shooting. Where was the mother’s family when it all started? Why would they be more capable to take care of the child than the father’s family?

  • bluekissess

    Good bless baby zoey

  • Kaori

    It seems inappropriate to me that Jovan’s family would have custody of the baby.

  • FromUR2UB

    Hopefully her caretakers will be responsible with the money, despite the guarantee of extended funding if she goes to college. That’s enough money that the child should be able to enjoy any advantages such as music or dance lessons, and have money put away for her future. If they used about $1000 of it monthly to supplement the household income, that’s understandable. But it’s not intended for people to live it up.

  • Charla

    I see a huge custody fight brewing over this baby and her money…

    • EG

      There could be but I personally think the child should be with her family. I hope it turns out this way.

      • Charla

        I think the baby should be with her mother’s family too assuming they are good people. Not to be insensitive but her father’s mother did raise a murderer…

        • Kaori

          Jovan Belcher murdering his girlfriend and child’s mother is independent from how his mother raised him. It’s like, whenever Black men commit a crime, someone else is always to blame.

          • Charla

            That’s the complete opposite of what you wrote on your own post. Which one is it?

            • Kaori

              No, it isn’t. You’ve combined my statements together even though they were separate thoughts.

              I do not think it is appropriate for his family to have the baby considering that it was their relative who killed the baby’s mother, BUT I do not think his mother raised her son to be a murderer. It is unfair to the mother to say that she had a part in him committing a crime.

              If you go out and drink and drive, are you going to say that your mother raised you to be a drunk driver?

              • Charla

                And where did I say she had a part in the crime?

                • Kaori

                  No, no. I didn’t say that. I said “It is unfair to the mother to say that she had a part in him committing a crime.” But to answer the question, you said “Not to be insensitive but her father’s mother did raise a murderer…”

    • stillJUICYbaby!

      Exactly. not if the girls parents, then perhaps her siblings.

      either way, I hope all people involved will but zoey’s best interest as a priority. and all adults involved be the adults.

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