Video: Bob Costas on gun control … in the middle of an NFL game

posted at 8:01 am on December 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

If you were watching what turned out to be an unexpectedly good and well-played game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys last night, then you’ve already seen this strange interlude from Bob Costas last night, in which he used 90 seconds of halftime analysis to pontificate on the need to make handguns illegal.  Nothing Costas says in this clip is new or even terribly interesting — Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher used a gun to kill his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and himself, so no one should own guns — but the context of his anti-Second Amendment rant was incredibly bizarre, and not just because it came in the middle of a halftime show with “God Bless America” playing in the background:

Why bizarre?  Well, if you watched NBC’s Football Night in America last night, you’d already know that the broadcast team could barely even mention the fact that Belcher committed murder.  Before and during the game, they used phrases like “lost her life in this tragedy” to describe what happened to his victim and other non-judgmental phrases.  Into that context comes Costas to blame … the gun.  It was surreal, an experience only interrupted in the post-game show when Rodney Harrison appeared to get a little angry and remind everyone that Belcher killed someone else besides himself.  And while I didn’t watch the earlier games during the day, NBC’s crew was not really an exception in how they approached the Belcher murder-suicide story.

Kudos to the Chiefs, however, who dedicated their game yesterday not to Belcher or gun control, but to the victims of domestic violence.  That honored the true victim, and highlighted the true social ill.


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Just as there is no crying in baseball, there should be no Anti-Constitution screeds from no-talent commentators whose biggest accomplishment to the sports world is adding meaningless fluff to Olympic coverage.

I’m disgusted this morning that Jovan Belcher is being portrayed as some sort of a victim only because he was a football star. Were he any other African-American who killed his girlfriend/baby momma this wouldn’t even register to being newsworthy.

Shame on you Bob Costas for ignoring the real victims here. May there be consequences beyond public scorn for your idiocy.

Happy Nomad on December 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Lib rant

On par

cmsinaz on December 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

boycott kermit!

renalin on December 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

…needs to join Olberman

lm10001 on December 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

SAw that clip and turned off the game – I iwll not watch anouther NBC game yuntil their is an apology read on the air and/or Costas’ reprimand and release. I quit watching when Olbermann was on, and overjoyed when he left. Now another one. They can all go to hell.

Without getting into the facts of gun crimes etc, which destroy the narrative of men like Costas and Whitlock, who he was lightly quoting; they both in their silliness forgot to remember not so long ago another famous athlete used a knife to do the deed. Where oh where was the screed to the danger of knives.

More realistically, and I say this as a fan, the game they report on follow and which has made many a person rich, is more responsible for this tragedy than a gun.

Shut em down before the trial lawyers take em out in a few years anyway.

Zomcon JEM on December 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Bob who?

Galtian on December 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Don’t you understand? Bob Costas cares more than you do.

Fallon on December 3, 2012 at 8:07 AM

On the same day, A member of the Cleveland Browns grounds crew killed himself at their practice facility. He hung himself in a utility shed. Why did he not call for the banning of rope?? If someone wants to kill others or themselves, there are plenty of ways to do it that do not involve firearms and it happens everyday. Firearms will always be the best way for the weak to protect themselves against the strong when required. The firearm did not cause these people to kill themselves or others. Place the blame where it belongs, in the mind of the person who commits terrible acts. Costas needs to get a clue.

turbeda on December 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Do you think the pills and booze Belcher used might have been a factor in this Bobby?

docflash on December 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Please, Bob, tell us exactly what we should think we need to be TOLD by you.

/

B Man on December 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM

taking one’s own life as punishment for murdering the mother of your children is not necessarily irrational behavior

commodore on December 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM

So what about all the gun-owners who die at 90+ years old without ever have had firing a shot in anger?

It sounds like people making this strange argument that guns are somehow the forbidden fruit are either projecting their own psychosis onto gun-owners in general or just feeling so superior to the neanderthals who think that being able to protect themselves and their families is a “right”. What a condescending prick Bob Costas is.

Thank goodness I don’t football.

DeathtotheSwiss on December 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

“ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead. Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.”

Tempt us to escalate arguments?
Bait us into sin?
Are guns possessed of some evil spirit that lead otherwise good and decent men astray?

sharrukin on December 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

More realistically, and I say this as a fan, the game they report on follow and which has made many a person rich, is more responsible for this tragedy than a gun.

Zomcon JEM on December 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

I think the bigger reality is that halftime during a football game is not the place for political rants. Even if you agree with the thoughts. But you are right. Belcher is as much a product of the mentality that star football players should be held to a different standard than others. Time and again that results in character flaws and personal destruction.

Happy Nomad on December 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

The areas like chicago and DC that have the most gun violence have the most gun laws. I guess it’s only logical to further infringe on the liberty of all law-abiding people. I have a better idea.

Lets just make murder illegal.

Mord on December 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Costas is just another left wing talking head that has taken up residence on NBC. I don’t watch sports on NBC because their liberal sportscasters can’t stop their mindless ranting. Costas can stick it in his ear or the orifice of his choice.

rplat on December 3, 2012 at 8:12 AM

taking one’s own life as punishment for murdering the mother of your children is not necessarily irrational behavior

commodore on December 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM

But does it merit political commentary between the 2nd and 3rd quarters? If Bob Costas wants to join the Brady Gang in attacking the Second Amendment, let him go on the Sunday Morning talk shows instead of inflicting his own opinions on people who tuned in to watch a football game.

Happy Nomad on December 3, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I saw this question elsewhere and I feel it would be a great trivia question for Costas: ‘Name the caliber of the weapon used to kill Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.’

I don’t like to trivialize tragedies such as this but when a Lib talks to me about people killed by guns I try to direct the conversation to the number of words misspelled by pencils.

DaveDief on December 3, 2012 at 8:14 AM

That is not the first time that runt with the bad hair(rug?) has gone off on guns while sitting in his booster chair. I think the first time I saw him do that was after Plaxico Burress showed the world how stupid he (P.B.) was.

oldernwiser on December 3, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Apparently, Costas is unfamiliar with O.J.Simpson, the homicide rate in Chicago, and any basic facts about domestic violence. Typical liberal.

ktrich on December 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I had him on mute – turned out to be a great choice apparently.

Great game though.

gophergirl on December 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Apparently, Costas is unfamiliar with O.J.Simpson, the homicide rate in Chicago, and any basic facts about domestic violence. Typical liberal.

ktrich on December 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

With liberals it is all about feelings. Facts are meaningless. I am sure anti-American groups like the Brady Campaign will be out there lauding Costas this morning for his “principled stand” against private ownership of guns.

Happy Nomad on December 3, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Sad. I watch NBC for SNF and nothing else. Now, I’m wondering if I’ll drop that too. And this was right when I was thinking, “Hey, that Costas seems pretty good, by NBC’s standards.” Wrong again on my part.

Pope Linus on December 3, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Everything everywhere is politicized these days, and it’s become a total drag. Costas couldn’t have done worse than if he stumped for Obama and tax increases.

Does he blame the booze or maybe the bartender when a ball player gets busted for DUI? It wouldn’t surprise me if he tried blaming the cop, too. But never the player, guess. How about those players who beat up their girlfriends–whose fault is that? The girls, maybe, for dating the creep?

I’d love knowing if the killer had a history of violence with the woman he murdered, and with any others. Maybe Costas would do better investigating that matter, instead of spewing the usual liberal lies and cliches.

Liam on December 3, 2012 at 8:22 AM

If he wants to blame someone, he should look in the mirror. This is part of the thug culture that he and others turn a blind eye to if not promote because it benefits them personally. This guy didn’t have the decency to not have a baby out of wedlock, refused to marry the mother, and he went ballistics because she returned home from a concert at 1 am. His attitude towards woman could not have been a secret.

Blake on December 3, 2012 at 8:25 AM

STFU and know your role, Bob. Costas is a good analyst but has always had the Olby type of arrogance that he seems to think he is some voice of wisdom that unwashed types should heed.

Southernblogger on December 3, 2012 at 8:25 AM

He should be fired for this.

matd on December 3, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Yeah, and if police didn’t have guns the criminals wouldn’t either. In fact, I think it’s time that our police in good faith, take the step and lay down their weapons. It’s time to stop acting so violently out on the streets. When a gang member see a cop with a big handgun on their hip walking down the sidewalk.. who could blame them for feeling afraid. Threatened. Intimidated.

Yep. The only reason we have crime in America… suicides too, is because of guns. Murder and death never happened in the world until the gun was invented. If you look back through recoreded histry.. no wars. No crime. No suicide. It was Utopia. Until the dreaeded handgun was invented.

Expand this further.. maybe it’s time we also change the way we think about our military. Maybe it’s time we told them to lay down all their wepaons and instead, carry baskets of flowers around the world. When someone threatens our soldiers.. isntead of shooting back with bullets and rockets.. we threw them a daisy. Pretty flowers for all. And the bad guys would resppnd with a smile and an outstretched hand.

Seriously… if we bannded all guns in america.. there would be no more need for the police to carry guns right? No law enforecement agency anywhere in the country would need guns anymore right?
I have this strong feeling the government will never give up it’s guns even if it’s citizens lay down everyone of theirs.

Sorta like the TSA feeling you up right now. On the one hand Obama ended terrorism but for some reason the TSA is still feeling people up at the airports because of.. why? Terrorism is no more. But yet the TSA needs to still keep feeling people up. But terrorism is over. But it’s not. Unless it’s the Americnan people who are the real threat. Then it all makes sense.

JellyToast on December 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Costas couldn’t have done worse than if he stumped humped Obama on national television.

Liam on December 3, 2012 at 8:22 AM

FIFY.

Seriously, who asked Costas to weigh in with his views on gun control? Just because you have a microphone and air time, how does that give you license to throw in your political views during halftime? I’m guessing we will get the obiligatory “Sorry if anybody was offended” from Costas sometime today. If NBC had any scruples, they would suspend Costas but- the network that includes pretty much all the far left commentators isn’t going to do anything but double down in their defense that Belcher is the real victim of this tragedy.

Happy Nomad on December 3, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Guys like Costas have a persona they project that is calm and confident, but they are really personally self-indulgent, reckless, compulsive people who project those characteristics on all other people.

They know if a gun was in their own house, they would occasionally have fits of anger in which they would be tempted to use the gun to straighten people out. Since they know/think are just as good as other people, no one should have guns.

His logic, the logic of the left regarding banning guns, is unassailable once you’ve accepted the idea Costas and his ilk have normal ways of dealing with the world and are not the compulsion driven bullies they really are.

Clearly the likes of Costas should not have guns. At least we can agree with him on that.

fadetogray on December 3, 2012 at 8:29 AM

I wonder if Costas believes that he would be a pauper today if not for the existence of a violent game like football?

ktrich on December 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM

He deserves to live in New York with the other anti-gun Nazis.

golfer1 on December 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Why bizarre? Well, if you watched NBC’s Football Night in America last night, you’d already know that the broadcast team could barely even mention the fact that Belcher committed murder. Before and during the game, they used phrases like “lost her life in this tragedy” to describe what happened to his victim and other non-judgmental phrases. Into that context comes Costas to blame … the gun. It was surreal, an experience only interrupted in the post-game show when Rodney Harrison appeared to get a little angry and remind everyone that Belcher killed someone else besides himself.


Want to end the liberal message dominance?

Do not watch ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO or any of the other LSM.

TURN.THEM.OFF.

PolAgnostic on December 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Lets just make murder illegal.

Mord on December 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Racist!

Making points that prove the left is crazy is always racist.

MikeA on December 3, 2012 at 8:32 AM

I think this is the email address for NBC sports:

nbcsportshelp@nbcuni.com

esr1951 on December 3, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Another of the talking baby commercials, you just couldn’t see the high chair.

stormridercx4 on December 3, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Stick to what you know Costas, and I don’t know that is exactly. You don’t know football so you resort to doucebaggery to make some innane point about a jock who went over the edge. Blow it out your pie hole. If you want to talk about gun violence then talk about the criminals who use their ILLEGAL guns and shut the hell up about those of us who have them legally.

Kuffar on December 3, 2012 at 8:34 AM

It doesn’t matter what you think. You’re not the intended audience. They perform for the rest of the media. Costas was simply proving his bona fides for the other LSM droids. It’ll keep his dinner party invitations coming.

bofh on December 3, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Clearly the likes of Costas should not have guns. At least we can agree with him on that.

fadetogray on December 3, 2012 at 8:29 AM

At the very minimum, he shouldn’t be allowed to use his air time for a personal soap box. And the worst part is that he’s an idiot. He ends talking about the idea that Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins would be alive today if we just banned guns. Well, I’m pretty sure a professional football player could find ways to inflict physical harm in the absence of guns.

Happy Nomad on December 3, 2012 at 8:35 AM

I saw this last night, and my hair stood on end, I was so pi$$ed. I’m a gun owner, and I get as mad as the next gal. I turned to my husband and asked if he thought he ever made me REALLY mad, and he said “sure”, so I asked when was the last time I waved my .38 in his face……never. Such BS.

If I really wanted to kill someone I could do it with a frozen turkey leg if I was determined enough. It’s not the weapon, it’s the headcase wielding it. I can’t take another 4 years of this.

waterytart on December 3, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Expand this further.. maybe it’s time we also change the way we think about our military. Maybe it’s time we told them to lay down all their wepaons and instead, carry baskets of flowers around the world. When someone threatens our soldiers.. isntead of shooting back with bullets and rockets.. we threw them a daisy. Pretty flowers for all. And the bad guys would resppnd with a smile and an outstretched hand.

………

JellyToast on December 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

That’s pretty much our strategy in Afghanistan.

fadetogray on December 3, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Limbaugh will be interesting on this today…

beatcanvas on December 3, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Ed, ed. How can you in one sentence bark out it was murder then close with the equation that DV and murder are on the same plane? They are not.

I want to know why Costas doesn’t go after the untold story of the NFL — that the number of persons with felonies or misdemeanors is significantly higher in that group than the national population as a whole. That some games by the composition of the players may actually be party to a parole violation. But Costa won’t cover that, it would impair his income.

Dr. Dog on December 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM

If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today

Maybe, but it’s also equally possible that a 6’2″ 230 lb man could have just as easily taken Kasandra Perkins life with his own bare hands. This woman isn’t dead because Belcher possessed a handgun. She’s dead because Belcher was willing to commit violence.

HarryBackside on December 3, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Meanwhile millions of other gun owners killed no one yesterday Bob so do us all a favor and STFU

gsherin on December 3, 2012 at 8:40 AM

kingsjester‏@kingsjester1

#BobCostas Stick to sports reporting. There is a reason gun sales are going through the roof under your president. Americans cherish freedom.

kingsjester on December 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Seems all the analysts like getting into spreading their opinions out for the rest of the viewing public to enjoy. Watched the BCS Show on ESPN and all they could talk about was how NIU didn’t belong in a BCS game. It was so over the top I had to change channels. Hey, guys, why not instead congratulate the teams and stick to looking at their strengths and weaknesses. You know, football stuff, what we watch your network for. Costas can bring his views on gun control up around the water cooler for all I care. They haven’t even buried the woman, who didn’t lose her life it was taken from her, or the football player yet. Lack of respect for the deceased and family seems to be the M.O. for libs. Wonder what his opinion is on Benghazi?
Go Gators!

Kissmygrits on December 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM

So glad you all had the same reaction I did. This “sportscaster” takes the time to dis the Constitution and try to remove all our rights because of this tragedy. Guess he won’t want to tell us about all the times that people with guns have shut down crime. Wish SNL would just fire him! Anyone have a link to proposing that to NBC??

Christian Conservative on December 3, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Just when I thought Howard Cosell’s legacy as an opinionated ignoramus was secure…along comes a new contender.

JohnTant on December 3, 2012 at 8:43 AM

If the gun was responsible, why don’t we just arrest the gun and put it on trial?

It might kill again at any moment!

Good Lt on December 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM

I want to know why Costas doesn’t go after the untold story of the NFL — that the number of persons with felonies or misdemeanors is significantly higher in that group than the national population as a whole. That some games by the composition of the players may actually be party to a parole violation. But Costa won’t cover that, it would impair his income.

Dr. Dog on December 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Because he set Belcher up as a victim of “the gun culture” and largely paraphrased a newspaper editorial. You expect him to do research and come up with objective opinions before going on NBC with political commentary? Good luck with that!

Especially since that would require going out after the double standard when it comes to personal behavior of professional athletes. He’ll be lauded for his anti-gun commentary but he would be crucified by his employers for going out after the “football culture.”

Happy Nomad on December 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM

No screed about the dangers of mixing drugs and alcohol, unwed motherhood and athletes treated like royalty? There is more to the story than an angry man with a gun. Not to mention bad plastic surgery and hair pieces on commentators.

ctmom on December 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM

He shot her NINE times. If he didn’t have a gun, he’d have smashed her face in with a crowbar or a tire iron, then driven off a bridge.

Why do we never address mental health issues when something like this happens?

And why isn’t ‘he was just effing crazy’ no longer an explanation?

Washington Nearsider on December 3, 2012 at 8:46 AM

He’s right you know. If you read your history you’ll see that man had never killed man until the weaponization of gunpowder.

Hey, how many armed bodyguards do you think Bob Costas has? I hope none, because he’s not really important. I wonder if he thinks he’s that important. Probably.

JohnBrown on December 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I saw this live.

Quite possibly the most Idiotic commentary I’ve ever
heard during a sports broadcast.

ToddPA on December 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM

No screed about the dangers of mixing drugs and alcohol, unwed motherhood and athletes treated like royalty? There is more to the story than an angry man with a gun. Not to mention bad plastic surgery and hair pieces on commentators.

ctmom on December 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM

The WaPo had a story at Thanksgiving time that was lauding the football star at a local DC high school for putting his two kids as a priority. Well, the player was 18 and has two kids by two different mothers (the older of the two when he was 16).

I’m glad it appears he is trying to do right by his kids but it seems as if a laudatory article just because he isn’t letting his baby mommas deal with it is nothing to point out as exceptional behavior. We just to call that being a man.

Happy Nomad on December 3, 2012 at 8:49 AM

When will the Dem party grow a set and (finally) launch an aggressive gun control policy? Have BHO hammer it home during his never-ending campaign. Send likeable statesmen like Chuck Schumer, Pelosi, Durbin, Clyburn, etc. out there for some press conferences.

Go for it Dems, stiffen up that spine.

visions on December 3, 2012 at 8:50 AM

5’4″ Idiot.

jake-the-goose on December 3, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I turned the channel as soon as Costas started politicizing the murder, so I missed most of it.

I’m coming to expect this Orwellian crap. Our president ran his campaign through the entertainment media. His ‘toughest’ interview in the entire month of October was on Comedy Central. There are people blatantly advocating all over the E! media.

So why not have a sports guy harangue a football audience for a minute and a half supporting the Regime’s view that guns should be banned? Did they carry Costas’ remarks on the world’s largest Telescreen in Cowboys’ Stadium? If not, they should have.

forest on December 3, 2012 at 8:50 AM

He’s right you know. If you read your history you’ll see that man had never killed man until the weaponization of gunpowder.

JohnBrown on December 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM

What caliber did Cain use to slay Abel? /

Happy Nomad on December 3, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Let’s not forget that this is the same network and venue that pulled the ridiculous stunt of having their studio lights turned off for some global warming theater while the stadium on the screens behind them was lit by a gajillion megawatts of light.

NBC displays little logic–or shame. As for intelligence…not an iota. In this they are on a par with CBS and ABC.

joated on December 3, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Bob Costas is a liberal lackey, he on;y cares to please his masters. I saw his regurgitation during the pregame show, and he has liberal talking points to a T.

Fortunately he is talking to the wrong audience. He isn’t talking to Oprah’s bored housewives, I would be willing to bet more than 90% of football viewers are pro 2nd Amendment.

Rode Werk on December 3, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Well, that was a very earnest impression of Keith Olberman before he went entirely off the rails and accused Bush of eating babies or whatever he screamed about as they carted him off to Goracle Broadcasting.

CorporatePiggy on December 3, 2012 at 8:54 AM

More on the libs mutli-pronged attack on the NFL. Head injury, check, booze problem, check, mental issues, check. Then dumbass obama useful idiot costas throws gasoline on the fire, burning himself along the way. These obama commies have professional, male, athletes in their sights. The lawsuits are being prepared as we speak. So long another male bastion…football is the target of the socialist nannies and they will crush it just like they are crushing public education, freedom, religion, parenthood, families, men. Wake up and start fighting back with subtle, under the radar actions. STOP buying sports products!! These people spit in your face and call you dumb, religious, gun wielding, rednecks, and you trot out and spend THOUSANDS on tickets and t-shirts. Call and email these stations and sports organizations and give em a piece of your mind. Keep your children away from these electronic games. They are destroying your children’s minds!! Stop this playground whining and put up a few billboards. STOP buying newspapers! They hate you. They want you white men with money in jail! Grow a pair and fight back, legally and consistently. It is time for the individual to fight back. The obama dems are crushing the right of individuals, every day, full speed ahead.

frizzbee on December 3, 2012 at 8:55 AM

If Gun Control worked, Chicago would not have multiple murders daily.

kingsjester on December 3, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Want to end the liberal message dominance?

Do not watch ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO or any of the other LSM.

TURN.THEM.OFF.

PolAgnostic on December 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM

THIS. ^^^^^

I did this many years ago. It really isn’t difficult at all to do without any of their programming. I found the majority of it to be total crap anyway.

Fight the MSM…and stop supporting their blatant bias. If someone has a better suggestion, I’m all ears.

lynncgb on December 3, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Handguns do not enhance our safety.

I suppose the statistics on gun control laws and their inverse effect on crime rates would be wasted on Bob Costas. He obviously is smarter than us and understands things we don’t.

That having been said, the truth is this… Everyone here can talk about “I’m never watching a game on NBC” again all you like. It’s pointless. The NFL is our modern bread and circuses. Folks aren’t going to tune it out. Costas is not going to experience any negative backlash. And the cultural rot that led to the re-election of Obama is going to continue.

Shump on December 3, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Gun control was enacted in Rwanda in 1964 and further modified by law in 1979.

It worked!

They used spiked bats and machetes to kill 800,000 people in 100 days.

sharrukin on December 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM

That will go over big with sports fans.

Philly on December 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The liberal answer to everything is to ban or control.

If more gun control, or outright bans of guns would solve the complex problems of human nature then let’s also ban alcohol … which is responsible for more deaths, let’s ban cars, let’s ban knives, clubs and any object that could used as a weapon. Let’s ban sugar, and have the government divvy out food to people so they can never overeat. Let’s ban everything. That’s the ultimate conclusion of the pyschotic left. Control you by banning everything.

Liberals should be banned from the human race. They have killed more people and created more misery than anyone or anything else.

darwin on December 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Whitlock’s/Costas’ closing line implies that only guns kill people. Seriously?

blammm on December 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM

It’s too bad this sort of thing needs to happen during a sports event. I like Costas, he has the perfect personality and voice for sports announcing and such, but this sort of rant is unnecessary and unprofessional.

Bishop on December 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM

The NFL has been taking a lot of heat over head injuries and possibly related early deaths and suicides. This effort among sports commentators is to change the subject as this guy was known to have suffered from head injuries.

MechanicalBill on December 3, 2012 at 9:12 AM

What’s worse is that he gave this speech during a Cowboys home game. Really? You pontificate about gun control with a TEXAS audience? Stupid.

Bishop on December 3, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Wait that was Costas? I thought it was Stephanopoulos.

forest on December 3, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Shouldn’t people just be snuffed out in the womb where there will be no damage to the earth and each other.

ALL weapons should be taken from people.

Oh…..wait……did Cain have a gun?

Should we ban rocks too?……..Cain prolly used a rock!!!

BAN ROCKS NOW!!!

PappyD61 on December 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

gladly I know enough about the sporting events that I watch on tv that I never have the sound on. besides, who cares what this Liliputian has to say about anything?

Rio Linda Refugee on December 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

This was so inappropriate. It is exploiting a family’s tragedy to further a personal political cause. Is this what that man was hired to do?

bluegill on December 3, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Happy Nomad on December 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Unless he was born in Africa-he wasn’t ‘African’ ANYTHING.
He was black.Take back the language!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Why doesn’t the fat claown Whitlock write a piece about the daily Chicago murders?

Why doesn’t the midget Costas rant on about that?

darwin on December 3, 2012 at 9:18 AM

http://www.nbc.com/contact/general/

Akzed on December 3, 2012 at 9:18 AM

He’s lucky he didn’t get his a$$ kicked going out of Cowboys Stadium.

Ward Cleaver on December 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

It’s NBC. I’m sure he had the approval of management.

Maybe you should just not watch NBC.

MTF on December 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

And yet. people continue to support pro sports and the networks that reap in tons of $$ from them.

Mr. Arrogant on December 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM

From what I read, both CBS and NBC embarrassed themselves yesterday by how little they mentioned the murder-suicide and, when they did, how they seemed to downplay it. And kudos to the Chiefs, Ed? Why didn’t they insist the game be postponed? One of their players had just murdered someone the day before…if there’s ever an occasion to pause and reflect on things far more important than sports, this would be it.

changer1701 on December 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Bob CostUS is a idiot along with most sports casters today, the day od Jack Madden and Howard Coswell are over. :(

Wade on December 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

To show how badly Costas mis-read the public’s desire to have politics invade their sports broadcasts, this quote is from the New York Times’ NFL blog this morning:

If you support Costas’s stand, try imagining how you would react if you did not agree with a similarly controversial opinion voiced on a sports show.

i.e. — Al Michaels is a Republican; Do you think Costas or the other liberals at NBC or elsewhere would have liked it if Al delivered a rebuttal to Bob’s gun control screed just prior to the third quarter kickoff?

jon1979 on December 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM

And if he beat her to death with a hammer, shouldn’t we be advocating the banning of carpentry tools?

Smothered with duct tape? Outlaw adhesives.

Killed with a glass of poisoned orange juice? No more drinking utensils or fruit drinks.

Strangled with a an extension cord? We can do without electricity.

Pushed out a window? Gravity has got to go!

MaiDee on December 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM

If he’d given that speech over the PA, he’d have been booed out of that stadium. Preaching that crap…in TEXAS?

michaelo on December 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I am in awe of NBC, Costas, and the NFL.

If the NFL keeps trying to ram donkey down my throat I will quit the NFL and have been a fan literally my whole life.

The liberals want their own nation it seems, and at some point they will go a bridge too far and have a heavy plurality waving at them.

harlekwin15 on December 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Why doesn’t the fat claown Whitlock write a piece about the daily Chicago murders?

Why doesn’t the midget Costas rant on about that?

darwin on December 3, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Whitlock actually goes off the liberal reservation at times, when he’s gone after the victimization/race card culture invading sports; it’s one of the reasons he and Mike Lupica hate each other, because he doesn’t toe the standard liberal sportswriter boilerplate lines.

I disagree with him here, but I will give him credit overall in that — unlike Costas, Lupica or the other liberals involved with sports — I don’t know exactly what position Whitlock’s going to take before he even opens his mouth or puts fingers to computer keyboard.

jon1979 on December 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

i.e. — Al Michaels is a Republican; Do you think Costas or the other liberals at NBC or elsewhere would have liked it if Al delivered a rebuttal to Bob’s gun control screed just prior to the third quarter kickoff?

jon1979 on December 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM

No they wouldn’t like it they’d fire him.

Period, end of story.

The right needs to get as cutthroat ruthless as the left on destroying careers.

harlekwin15 on December 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM

This whole thing is surreal. They are so insistent on deifying the jocks that they act like Belcher’s Baby mama was nailed by a meteor, no she was murdered by a selfish druggie athlete.

harlekwin15 on December 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

So you are saying Bob Costas wants to talk about Fast and Furious? That’s a good thing!

I suppose we also should talk about the rampant use of steroids in football players too.

katablog.com on December 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

You think YOU’RE upset?

My Glock jumped out of the drawer, walked in and fired a warning shot over my head while I drank my coffee.

Not really, but I was just trying the Bob Costas method of blaming an inanimate object.

jangle12 on December 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Hm. A member of that 12% of the population that is responsible for 50% of the murders in this country commits murder.

This has what to do with gun control or football, Bob?

/yeah, yeah … I know, racist

M240H on December 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Thanks Bob, now get back to talking about sports you never played.

RMOccidental on December 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

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