Sometimes bad news is just bad news. People die every day. If they’re famous, they make the news, get our attention for 10 minutes and become history once the next hot story comes along. But there’s something deeply troubling about the story of 23-year old Broncos WR Kenny McKinley who died in his apartment on Monday. Ever since I first came across the terrible news, I’ve been scouring the web trying to find out exactly how he died. I’m not sure what I expected to find but I certainly didn’t expect “apparent suicide.”
LA Times says McKinley shot himself.
“Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said authorities were called to McKinley’s apartment in Centennial at 3:35 p.m. local time and found his body in the second-floor master bedroom. He said detectives believe McKinley, 23, was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
I wonder how many other fragile guys there are in pro sports, walking around invisible to their teammates and medical staff. What’s the NFL’s policy on mental health support? Are teams required to provide their players with counseling aid? Here’s hoping some good comes out of this tragedy.
Unfortunately, this will probably end up being another average story lost in the pile of more “important” stories along the lines of “who’s cheating on who?” That is, until, someone more famous suffers a similar fate. Sure hope it won’t take that to do something.