NFL controversy personal for deputy city manager Kimble

September 2014

The Charlotte Observer
By Elizabeth Leland -
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 7:16 PM

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The National Football League controversy over domestic violence feels deeply personal for Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble.

The man who killed his daughter, Jamie, in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 3, 2012, was an employee of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ron and Jan Kimble started the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage to "create a future without domestic violence." In May, Ron Kimble spoke at Bank of America Stadium at an annual breakfast to raise money and awareness for domestic violence perpetrated by men.

Now Kimble hopes to work with the NFL to that end.

"My wife and I stand ready to help the NFL, the Panthers, the Chiefs and all the NFL teams address this important societal issue," Kimble said Tuesday.

Jamie Kimble, 31, was shot by ex-boyfriend Luis Roberson Rodriguez, who worked in the operations department at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Rodriguez then committed suicide. Less than three months later, Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher also killed his girlfriend, then committed suicide.

Said Kimble: "We are offering our help and our assistance in the wake of our personal tragedy to the cause of preventing and fighting domestic violence."