Chiefs owner Clark Hunt: ‘So many people are hurting’

Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt walks the sideline before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt walks the sideline before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt offered sympathy Sunday to the families affected by the murder-suicide involving one of his players, calling it ‘‘an incredibly difficult 24 hours for our family.’’

Hunt spoke to The Associated Press on the field before the Chiefs’ game against the Carolina Panthers. He said the Chiefs consulted with the league about whether to play the game as scheduled, but ultimately left it up to coach Romeo Crennel and the team captains to decide.

Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli were in the parking lot of the Chiefs’ practice facility Saturday morning when linebacker Jovan Belcher shot himself in the head. Belcher had shot his girlfriend multiple times at a nearby residence just minutes earlier.

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Hunt said Pioli called him from the parking lot immediately after the shooting, and said that Sunday’s game would be ‘‘incredibly difficult for them.’’