Sports Briefing: Chiefs Excuse Long Snapper James Winchester After His Father Is Killed


James Winchester, left, with his father, Michael Winchester, in 2007.

Matt Strasen/The Oklahoman, via Associated Press

Kansas City Chiefs long snapper James Winchester, whose father was fatally shot outside an Oklahoma City airport, left the team to be with his family, Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday.

Reid said he was unsure whether Winchester, who like his father played college football at Oklahoma, would return for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.

“He’s where he needs to be, and when he comes back, he comes back,” Reid said. “But right now is his time to be with his family.”

Winchester’s father, Michael, was leaving work on Tuesday when he was shot near an employee parking lot. The gunman, whom the police identified as Lloyd Dean Buie, was found dead in his pickup truck.

The Chiefs have dealt with grief before. Most notably, in 2012, linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend before fatally shooting himself outside the team’s practice complex.

Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt said he had spoken with Winchester…

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