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December 3rd, 2012
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A gun control halftime show: Should Bob Costas have spoken out on Belcher suicide?

There are a few things you can usually expect out of an NFL halftime show. A debate about gun control isn't one of them.

But Sunday wasn't a normal day in the NFL. It was two days after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and the mother of his child, before killing himself outside the front door of the Chiefs' practice facility.

It was shocking. And it was expected that this tragedy would seep through into Sunday's football coverage.

But many people were not expecting Bob Costas to make a plea for gun control.

During halftime of NBC's "Sunday Night Football," Costas blamed the nation's gun culture for what happened between Belcher and his girlfriend, remarks that set off a heated debate about whether the sportscaster should have launched into what some called a "rant" on gun control.

Here's a transcript of Costas' comments:

"Well, you know that it was coming. In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichés was heard yet again: Something like this really puts it all in perspective.

Well, if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games. Please, those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective.

You want some actual perspective on this? Well, a bit of it comes from a Kansas City based-writer, Jason Whitlock, with whom I do not always agree but who today said it so well today that we may as well as quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.

‘Our current gun culture,' Whitlock wrote,  '... 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 teenaged boys bloody 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.'

In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions and their possible connections to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today." (You can read Whitlock's column here.)

Costas' remarks seemed to send the Internet into an immediate feeding frenzy.  Was it appropriate for him to talk about a political issue during a sports show? What is the right forum for this kind of discussion? Was he only saying what everyone else was already thinking? The comments kept flying:

Costas declined to comment on his remarks.

Gun control has always been divisive. If you remember, it had been practically impossible to get the presidential candidates to talk about the issue. "Saturday Night Live" even mocked the candidates' avoidance of it during a skit on the presidential debates.

There was equal outrage online Sunday regarding CBS' football preshow, which took five minutes before mentioning the tragedy and seemed to feature more about a Victoria's Secret fashion show and hard-hitting commentary about the color of the anchors' ties instead of a serious issue.

The main point here may be you can't please everybody. There will always be critics when it comes to an issue that sparks such intense debate. But does that mean you don't even touch it? Or did Costas' comments do exactly what he may have intended reigniting the debate over gun control?

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  1. Ancient Texan

    The left and their propaganda arms; the media, will never give up in the assault on the Second Admendment!

    December 3, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • dsm927

      Exactly, as long as there are so many innocent Americans being killed because of these immature demands that we "honor" the 2nd amendment, ignoring historical context and cultural reality. Never stop trying to restrict these weapons, these machines designed not to protect of to defend but to kill.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Anna Black

      Ok DSM thousands have been killed by cars should we ban those? When OJ killed with a knife did you call for knife control? If he had beaten her with a bat would you want those banned? Jovan decided to kill his girlfriend in cold blood....his decision...the gun didnt make him do it.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      DSM, I'll bet a MILLION bucks that you've never even held a gun, much less shot one. And for your information, you don't only "honor" the Amendments that you personally agree with. The 2nd Amendment is an amendment precisely because of people like you; those who are ignorant and/or misinformed (or just stupid) but who might otherwise through tinkering mess things up. Amendments are a safeguard against, essentially, people like you. That's why we "honor" them.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scarface86

      " immature demands that we "honor" the 2nd amendment" Wow. The 2nd Amendment was ratified because the founders understood that tyrants will have a much harder time with an armed populace. If you do not think America is susceptible to tyranny, you need to wake up.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • gmouser777

      Feel free to use an amendment to change the 2nd amendment. That mechanism was put in place to handle issues that evolve. If you truly believe it's so obvious it needs to go, it should be no problem getting it ratified, right?

      December 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babs

      dsm927

      "Exactly, as long as there are so many innocent Americans being killed because of these immature demands that we "honor" the 2nd amendment, ignoring historical context and cultural reality. Never stop trying to restrict these weapons, these machines designed not to protect of to defend but to kill."

      thank you. I'm astounded at the number of people who seem to think that a football game is more important than two dead people.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAT

      I wonder exactly which well regulated Militia Belcher belonged to. Haven't seen it stated in any of the stories

      December 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      ... you do not think America is susceptible to tyranny, you need to wake up....

      Do gun owners seriously think their piddly arsenals would have a chance against the power of the U.S. Military should that military choose to turn against them. What a joke!

      December 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • harriet

      "propaganda arms." You realize that's a funny pun right? Probably not since you are too busy getting all worried about someone taking your guns away. Yeah, yeah, we've all heard the "it's not the guns" and "he could have killer her with anything" arguments before. So, how about since we have tried it your way for 200+ years, we give it a try without the guns for a bit and see what happens – and don't start with the "only the criminals will have the guns" thing, because you only have to look around the rest of the world (oh yes, there is a whole planet out there) to know that is not true.

      Go on, why don;t all you tough guys go on and show us how tough you would be without a gun.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CrazyTextingDriver

    too bad this guy doesn't use logic when his lips move. So your saying that teenagers texting while driving killing families and babies and whatever are perfectly ok. You need help buddy. Maybe we should be looking at pharmaceutical companies?

    December 3, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anna Black

    I disagree Bob Costas...based on your rationing if noone had cars everyone killed in car wrecks would still be alive. Should we ban those? I am truly amazed how people blame the gun in shootings. Its an inanimate object. When someone gets stabbed noone says oh we need knife control. With this thinking we should ban cars, fire, all sharp objects, rope and any other object that could be used to injure someone.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • nhismage

      Well said, Anna!

      December 3, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • wardawg

      It was his opinion, thats all. Did we suddenly lose the right for freedom of speech?

      December 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • M. S.

      I love it when some say " when people are killed with a knife, no one asks for knife control" How many mass killings have there been with a knife??? I do believe in gun ownership, but I also believe in gun control.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      We DO have gun control, M.S. We also have freedom. Unfortunately, you can't have both without an occasional mishap. Any freedom involves risk.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • CANADA

      To early to be drinking honey.....All he was saying is the USA needs better gun control. Need stricter laws to be able to obtain a gun....so now back to your 12 pack of Colt 45

      December 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      "A gun is not a weapon, Bob. It's a tool. Like a butcher knife, or a harpoon, or... uh, a... an alligator. You just need more education on the subject. Tell you what. You come with me to an N.R.A. meeting, and if you still don't think guns are great, we can argue some more."

      December 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckb

      I don't have freedom of speech where I work. He's a sports reporter, just report on the game.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jarrettslavin

      We should ban his whose primary purpose is to kill people. Guns are the only thing in your list that fits that description. Really weak argument, Anna.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • FacePalm

      So much wrong with what you said, so we'll skip improper use of words and grammar and get to whatever substance you attempted to provide. A gun is a weapon. It needs to be regulated so that the mentally ill have less of a chance of obtaining one as well as those who purchase them for solely illicit purposes (there is a reason felons can't own guns.) A car is a mode of transportation, it is regulated heavily. Sending text messages while driving is illegal. If you are caught there are consequences which act as a deterrent (you know, something that makes you rethink doing something.) Your first grade comparison is of texting while driving and guns is moronic at best.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • harriet

      Oh Anna, that is just silly, and you know it. Such a shame, because it might be nice to h ave an adult conversation about this issue, but that is not going to happen.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      M. S. and others, what part of SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED do you not understand. I belive alot of serial killers use knives (Mass murder: a large number of people (four or more), typically at the same time or over a relatively short period of time.

      December 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Santa

    Boycott CBS.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. BlackLabsRule

    Whitlock would be more correct to say "If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would MOST LIKELY both be alive today."

    December 3, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • njsmommy

      Not necessarily; he could have used a knife, any object that could bludgeon, a deliberate car crash...heck, he was a big guy, he could have used his hands. If someone is hell bent on killing someone else and taking his own life as well, sadly enough, it will probably happen.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • harriet

      Yeah, it is not certain they would be alive, but I think you got his point. And maybe he would have killed her anyway – it's possible. But wouldn't it be nice to increase people's changes by making it a little harder?

      December 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CrazyTextingDriver

    NFL are not heros they are barbarians who train to hurt each other and take you out of the game for life. They have serious anger issues and have no reason to live but hurt people. Lets look at the NFL as a whole and have a discussion how it makes people diabetic, lazy, and waste money that could be going toward helping the world instead of grown men in tight pants that jump all over each other. Lets not talk about that stuff, it would make perfect logical sense.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • steelers1981

      CrazyTexting Driver: Please tell me where to send my money "toward helping the world" so the "men in tight pants" don't get any. All gun owners are cowards

      December 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      To Steelers: Lighten up, Francis. He's simply saying that part of the problem is this guy was raised to turn violence on and off like a switch, and maybe that switching mechanism is in itself a problem. As for the stupid comment of yours that "all gun owners are cowards", that's not so. I hope you never find that out, but I'm guessing you will...I think you probably lead with your mouth an awful lot.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ObamaBinLaden

      Agree wholeheartedly. And NFL GM once stated the league is not in the business of creating well adjusted men. But its really not Football's fault either. These are just messed up young men who cant cope.

      December 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Darrell Davis

    Ask Keith Olbermann how mixing politics and sports broacasting works as a career move.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Santa

    B oycott CBS sports.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mike in VA

    Where is Costas' "people like Jevon Belcher" comment?? Why did you leave THAT out!? Shame CNN, shame.
    NBC should fire Costas for the racist pig he is.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike in VA

    NBC

    December 3, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I hope they fire Costas. But then this is NBC – home of MSNBC. He was just preaching the NBC party line.

      December 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I am assamed they aired Costas comments, there is simply no way his ramblings belong on the air at any time let alone during football. Gun control is his opinion and should be kept to himself, and belittle this tragity with his mindless ramblings is discusting. I will never watch this guy again and that goes for the Olympic commentaries as well...he needs to be fired for this.

      December 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • animesh6100

      Bob Costas was commenting on Jason Whitlock's comments who wrote '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'. This debate must go on. Second amendment was relevant 250 years ago. Do we still 250 years behind mentally? This debate is important to address due to recent increase of gun violence in this country.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babs

      Yea.... right... the answer to gun violence is to never talk about it. sure...

      December 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spock500

      Fired? Free speech.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monte Christo

      Fired? No, but his rant came at a very inopportune moment, I mean, during a football game! Who cares what HE thinks, anyway, he's just trying to get people fired up, and he's trying his best to be politically correct! I have guns, and nothing this 'announcer' screams about, is ever going to make me give them up.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • trilly3807

      Your writing shows you are practically illiterate. I doubt NBC will miss you as a viewer. You don't fit into their demographics of someone who will buy all the expensive things advertised during football games and Olympic Games.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • McAwesome

      John,

      How about you learn how to spell before you go on your rant? You nit.

      McAwesome

      December 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Cogley

      It's always the right time when talking about the right thing to do. Canada & UK don't hallow hand guns and they have much lower crime rates.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maurice

      That is your opinion and should be kept to yourself.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh John

      John,
      1st – I don't know whether I am more impressed by your spelling or logic.
      2nd – I hope you realize your dollars are being taken by a political group, the NRA, more enthralled with the power they wield over a particular political party than in defending any personal rights or liberties, (why else would they endorse and spend money on a candidate for president with more gun control accomplishments on his record than his foe?
      3rd – maybe we need no new laws, just education to keep immature, over-emotional and rage filled individuals from buying guns in there own self interest.
      4th – the gun sellers should thank Democratic presidents everyday when they add up the spreadsheets.

      December 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elated

      I know, heaven forbid we tarnish the integrity of football. It does so much for us all!

      December 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Microsoft pulled out on NBC, so there is no MSNBC anymore.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Then what does the MS stand for? Because I'm watching it right now.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • wardawg

      Why are you upset, he is voicing his opinion. It is not going to change gun laws. Did the supreme court pass a new law due to Bob Costas opinions at any point in the last 2 years? Did I miss that somewhere? Oh okay I didn't think so. Get over it, we'll have a bunch of other murders tomorrow. Who cares, that's just how America is. Live with it.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • touchtheriot

      wardawg, when I want his opinion I'll ask him for it. He was hired for his sports expertise.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ObamaBinLaden

      Actually, he knows nothing about sports either. It's shameful on his part because he sees this story as yet another opportunity to push an agenda. There are root causes to Belcher's issues. Guns didnt cause Belcher to do something. The media salivates over high profile gun deaths.

      December 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • RLG

      I can't believe you actually think that amendments are listed according to importance! Seriously? Man, get an education.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Williams, PHD.

      It's s fact. They are.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Williams, PHD.

      Agreed

      December 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Thank you for highlighting a bigger issue than gun control. We need better education in this country. The Supreme Court doesn't pass laws.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • shamus

      Come on, you know you would be the first person to rant if Costas had said something negative about gay marriage. Just because you would rather smoke a pole than a couple of rounds at a range does not make you better than anyone else.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stealy Dan

      Costas isn't entitled to give his personal opinion, using the public airwaves, and preaching to an audience who could care about what his personal opinions are. Or was he speaking on behalf of NBC? As a private ctizen, he is certainly entitled to his opinion and to speak it. But he should call a press conference, or write a letter to the editor instead and see if he could drum up an audience. I doubt it.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • zack davis

      Do you realize that the halftime show is almost entirely opinion? If he comes out and says tony romo's first half performance hurt the cowboys that is no more or less opinion than his thoughts on gun control. If you were actually watching the half time show you wanted his opinion just don't be mad when you don't agree.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Come on

      This must be the first time youve ever watched tv

      December 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • truth1063

      others get fired for voicing their opinions at nbc – costas is above that?

      December 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      I think it's safe to say that, "no," the Supreme Court didn't pass a new law, old law, or anything in between, since it's Congress that passes legislation, signed into law by the President under the U.S. Constitution (unless vetoed, in which case Congress may override the veto and pass it into law). But the Supreme Court? Seriously?

      December 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Why would they fire Costas? Better yet, explain any valid reason that anyone would have to fire him? His right to free speech is more important that a gun owners right to bear arms. Thats why free speech is the 1st amendment and gun ownership is 2nd. Nobody cares what you or your dumb republicans have to say anymore as its not relevent in the 21st century. Thats why you guys lost back to back elections, nobody watches fox news and finally why Costas will continue to be an emmy award winning journalist. Get over yourself.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andre

      Try keeping the 1st amendment alive without the 2nd. 1st is most important that's why it number one. Tell women and minorities that their voting rights are less important.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tesla

      So, how did they win back to back elections in the 21st century? Either way, don't lump gun owners as all conservative. I have a wide range of political views in my circle of friends; conservative, liberal, libertarian, moderate, and everything in between. We are also all lawful owners of several firearms, and we embrace our right to own them.

      The ordering of Amendments has no merit to their individual importance; it is just the order that they are written in. Obviously the 1st Amendment is incredibly important to the state of our country, but every one has it's place. They represent rights that we believe every American to have, but your right to something means less than nothing without the means to defend it. It's been said multiple times, but I truly believe that the 2nd Amendment is the foundation upon with all other rights sit. Erode it, and you will erode your other rights.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Mark, you think that the rank ordering of Amendments indicates their legitimacy and you're calling US dumb? You've GOT to be kidding me. :)

      December 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reason Rant

      Someone NOT getting fired for their OPINIONS, tell that to the half dozen or so Radio hosts who have said something politically incorrect that OFFENDED some group and forced them to be fired. I agree that no one should be fired for their opinions, but it has to work in all situations, not just the ones YOU agree with.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      Mark I'll tell you why, that was not the appropriate time and place. Bob Costas can say whatever he wants about gun control...on his own blog or website. But not during a football program broadcast. I didn't tune in to hear his personal opinions on this subject. Again, he is free to speak all about it, on his own time and website.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You should learn Constitutional Law before you make a bigger fool of yourself. the 1st and 2nd Admendments restrict the government from making laws to abridge the freedoms of Americans. They do not protect Bob Costas from being fired for his comments, just like they do not protect either of you from making an illegaly assumption based purely on your lack of knowledge of the law.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • gmouser777

      The 1st Amendment applies to the government, not to private institutions. The same goes for the 2nd Amendment. For the same reason that he can be fired if his company finds his views offended its customers, that same company can require that no firearms be carried onto their property.

      Your rights under the Bill of Rights apply to government intervention.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • kckaaos

      Denial is not just a river. FACT: Fox news is THE MOST watched news agency in the country...and has been for 10 years running. FACT: Almost every incumbent wins back-to-back elections. FACT: The order the amendments were ratified has nothing to do with their importance. FACT: Bob Costas won an Emmy 16 years ago...before you were born.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • HA25

      See how long, Mark, your "More Important" right to Free Speech will last if the Right to bear arms is taken away.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • WouldYouLookAtThat

      @Mark, the right to bear arms helps protect your right to free speech... one is not necessarily more important than the other. And the right to freedom of speech does not apply to job security. They can fire him for whatever reason they want. However, he can't be arrested, or held against his will by the government, over his words... I guess you, more or less, need a lesson in understanding your rights as a US citizen.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      "His right to free speech is more important that a gun owners right to bear arms. Thats why free speech is the 1st amendment and gun ownership is 2nd. "

      That's the stupidest thing I've ever read. All of the rights are equal. They're numbered so that they can easily be identified. Holy crap.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • AzSunDevil

      @Reality how ignorant are you? All Bill of Rights are important but what im trying to say is why was it ok for bob to make a dumb and senseless comment and not ok for Hank to make his???

      December 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckb

      Just like a lib. Your rights are more important than others. I know it doesn't make any sense to you but lets look at the real problem. I know you are going to say you are but, Foot ball is based on a war. invade enemy lines and score. No matter what. There are two more important issues here. 1. We praise our young athletes with "get out of jail free cards" if they do something wrong. Case in point, high school quarterback or kicker is convicted or assault. School stands up for the student and still let's them play and tries to get the charges dropped. Happen at our school just a few years ago. Protect the players is the way it goes. This happens all the way to the pros so they think they can get away with, well murder. Second problem I see is the head injury problem in football. Lets start there before we start taking rights away. Are you still talking about OJ. He may have gotten away with murder. Didn't hear anything about that on an NFL half time talk. Give me a break.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMG2FUN

      "His right to free speech is more important that a gun owners right to bear arms. "
      Which other rights do you hate?

      December 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • AzSunDevil

      If they fired Hank for his rant they should fire Bob too!!! Just because Hank views were more conservative then bobs narrow mind liberal view is it right???

      December 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Man

      Really Mark? You honestly believe that the amendments are in order of precedence? You honestly believe that the republican ideas are not for this century based upon a presidential vote? Did you notice that the congress is about 50% both parties? Wow, please everyone don't use Mark as the baseline for all liberals because his logic is very similar to the tea party and OWS protesters which means they are lacking in the logical categories.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunny

      Wow Mark...why the hatred towards those of us with conservatives views. We're people, too. :-)

      December 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pinkontheinside

      Huge FAIL! I am a gun owning democrat as are many of my friends. Politicizing a constitutional right by affiliation is wrong.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • WillB

      You are correct. Everyone has a right to have an opinion. Even an uninformed one. Costas has no facts, just opinions. There is no cause and effect. The gun did not cause the brain damage this player suffered from, that was caused by football. Perhaps Costas will have a 2nd oponion after the autopsy? Perhaps he will blame it on brain damage caused by football, yeah, sure he will, and then quit his job.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Mark, you are an idiot. Bob has as much right to free speech as I do and as you do. but he pick the wrong platform. When do I get my time on NBC to express my free speech? Nowhere, that is the difference you dumb ass. Guns do not kill, people using guns kill people. Get the guns out of the hands of people that should not have them, and that will save some lives, but there are always drunk drivers, there are always knives, there are always explosives and last but not least, there is always drugs. To blame it on guns, a mechanical device, you should know better and Bob Costas should truly no better and that is not free speech, but plain selfisness.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      I don't think he should be fired, but he should be reprimanded by the network. I completely agree to every persons right to free speech. That's a constitutional right (as is gun ownership by the way) however he was voicing his personal opinion while acting as an agent of the network. That implies he is sharing a network opinion which on a subject like that could be detrimental to ratings.
      So it's not about Costa's right to free speech, it's about his doing his JOB as hired to do.

      December 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • West

      So if Costas had said that gay marriage will destroy the american family after the Kluwe letter earlier this year you wouldn't have had a problem with it? 1st amendment, right? I wouldn't have been okay with him saying that.

      I too believe Costas is entitled to his 1st amendment, it's just that if I were NBC I wouldn't want him doing it on my channel. My problem is that it wasn't a political show. He shouldn't have been talking politics.

      December 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Mark – Remind me whats not relavent in the 21st century? The right to keep and bear arms? Ok, so lets outlaw guns so only the criminals will have them. That makes sense. Guns are not the problem, they do not kill...people kill. This guy could have done what he did with or without a gun. I don't care what Bob Costas has to say and he is entitled to his opinion, but during halftime of a primetime NFL football game was not the right time to do it.

      December 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn

      with out the second you won't have the first i bet you blame obesity on mc donalds

      December 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleve

      In reply to your argument: free speech in this country is entirely selective. Had Costas exercised his right of free speech by speaking against homosexuality . . . he'd been fired already. Right?

      December 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      So if Al Michaels (a conservative) went on an anti abortion rant during a football game you would stick up for him and say "it is his first amendment right and he has the right to say what he wants"???? BS

      December 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Um, ok. So when he expresses his dissatisfaction next week with another amendment and spouts off that women shouldn't be allowed to vote, you'll be ok with that too, right? Because it's just free speech. Or how about Jimmy the Greek? He sure was allowed to express his opinion freely. You're all for the first amendment when it's "inclusive" and "diverse" but let's hear you whine when you don't agree with it.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan Miller

      Your free speech theory doesn't apply when reflects on your employer. Hank Williams Jr wasn't given that consideration and his remarks were clearly taken out of context. Typical liberal double standard.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Combatoverrideswitch

      Short sighted, at best. Republicans won in the House. And they won BIG 2 years ago. And they've won 50% of the presidential elections this century.

      But more importantly, gun control is a dead issue on the national stage . The 2nd Amendment won.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Brimstone

      His 1st Amendment rights do NOT protect him from NBC.

      December 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • heath

      Really, I'm a democrat and I believe in the 2nd which is NO less important than the 1st. Sorry but your comment doesn't make any sense. Yes Bob Costas has the right to his own opinions but he chose the wrong place to do it as we tuned in to watch football not his rant against guns. And truthfully if anyone is going to debate about anything in life then you need to eduacte yourself before you embarrass yourself which he did because of his lack of knowledge on the subject.

      December 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • dc

      Fire him on what grounds? What exactly did Costas do wrong besides say something you disagree with?

      No, really. Hold up. Stop the madness for a second. What did he, or NBC, actually do wrong?

      NBC exercised freedom of the press by having Costas make a statement. That's it.

      Look, I don't necessary agree with what he said either, but the sky is not falling and no agregious atrocities were committed here. Let's all calm down and let the man have his opinion.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      The egregious atrocity was irresponsible journalism. He, and NBC, published an editorial without the facts. For all we know, he shot his girlfriend because she was strangling their baby with a ziploc baggie, then shot himself because he didn't think anyone would believe him. Sure, I doubt it, but the point is we don't know yet. It could have been a roid-rage. It could have been a brain injury to the impulse control center of his brain. It could have been that he was just batcrap crazy for a touch too long, and didn't stop himself from doing something so tragic he had to end his own life rather than face it and his daughter for the rest of his life. An editorial like this deserves to be researched, supported, and multiple sourced, as well as at least trying to argue both sides before coming to a conclusion. Right now it's just a knee-jerk reaction. He might as well have spent all of halftime repeating "Oh the horror!" over and over.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      I don't think they should fire Costas due to the principal of protected free speech, but I do believe that NBC Sports need to come out with a formal apology to both the audience and the families involved in this tragedy. When Costas takes the air on SNF, he's not representing himself, he's representing NBC Sports, and unless SNF has decided his comments reflected the message that they are wanting to send on this tragedy, they need to draw the line and let everyone know they don't agree with Costas.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      They would fire Costas because the DAY AFTER a tragedy, he used it to try and score cheap political points. Not to mention – this was a SPORTS show, not a news show or a political opinion show. People don't tune in to Madden to listen to his opinion on gay marriage, tax rates, or who he endorses for President. People tune in to sports shows to watch sports.

      Not only that, but the link is tenuous at BEST. The man is a 6 foot, 2 inch, 230 pound LINEBACKER. If he wanted to kill his girlfriend, he could have snapped her neck with ease, grabbed a baseball bat, or grabbed a knife – she would be equally dead in all cases. The gun had absolutely nothing to do with what he did. A gun is an instrument, nothing more.

      Forks do not make people fat. Knives don't leap off the table and stab people. Cars don't drunk drive themselves. Guns don't maliciously lie in wait and plot to kill people.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      They won't fire him for this reason: They agree with him.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lagos

      Freedom of the press and freedom of speech does not protect one against being judged and potentially punished by one's employer or other private citizens. I also think it was a dumb rant that was out of place yet nowhere close to a fireable offense – after all, it's not like he just jumped in and spouted off something that wasn't approved 5 times along the production process.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • feebus

      This has nothing to do with the first amendment or a persons right to an opinion. Bob Costas is employed to perform a certain job. Opining on political issues is not a part of his job description. If you are receiving a paycheck and not performing the work that you are bound to do to receive that paycheck then you should be fired. I don't care if he is for guns or against them. For abortion or against or whatever. He can have his opinions but to share them during a football program is inappropriate. He is being paid to talk about football, not something else. What if he had made a plea to end all abortions? Libs would be screaming for him to be fired and for NBC to be fined.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lord Toronaga

      You mean like when Chic-fil-a was the center of the universe because the owner was a Christian.....That however was ok for the liberals to make a big statement about speaking up and boycotting. So we are doing the same thing....Boycott NBC and speak up.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • AzSunDevil

      They fired Hank for his rant and i think the same should go for Bob too!!!

      December 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Benoit

      What did Rush Limbaugh do besides share an opinion that YOU disagreed with? What did Mia do besides hold up her hand?

      Nobody was watching "The Bob Costas Political Hour" or "Liberal Author's Gun Views as read by Bob Costas" (or The Rush Limbaugh show for that matter). It is football.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naota

      Have his opinion/?

      Like Hank Williams Jr, ??

      December 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Because he offended me. That's also the American way. If you offend someone you need to resign or be fired. Oh wait, only certain groups are allowed to be offended.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh Really

      So, it's okay for them to throw politics into football halftime shows now?
      Would it be okay if he voiced his opinion on other issues? Abbortion? Gay Marriage?
      Would it still be okay if he didn't agree with you on those topics?

      Of course it isn't. We get bombarded with people's political opinions enough as it is.
      You don't need to add them to sports shows too.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • PD

      They, Costas and NBC, took the murder of an innocent young women and turned it into something political. I have no respect left for Costas and never did have any for NBC.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Smith

      Nobody tunes in to hear his political views, that's not what it is about. He has lost his focus.

      December 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I belive there have been several people fired for what they have said, for one Don Imus.

      December 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • R Backus

      This is a public TV channel. They need to provide equal time for oposing views and facts. When they do that, then I will agree the they have done nothing wrong.

      December 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • walk

      if they choose to have a political debate on Sunday night football atleast give the other side of the arguement a voice.

      December 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • crazy

      Better than hearing the JEFF party line.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff miller

      Why should this be a party decision?

      December 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • FacePalm

      Give me a break. He should be fired for what!? lol you are out of your mind.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan Miller

      Ask Hank Williams Jr.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russell's Teapot

      Oh go cry about it. I doubt you take issue with Fox and their constant partisan rants. Who the heck cares if Costas puts I his two cents on a bs halftime show

      December 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      +1. Costas is not allowed to say anything he wants to say. He's a mouthpiece for the network.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Margo

      Why is this an NBC party line issue? A lot of people have been shot that don't have anything to do with NBC.

      December 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Doug

    Ban all sports.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Doug

    I think he might be racist and should be fired.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. Justin

    Bob, what this young man chose to do was a criminal act. Your comments about gun control during the broadcast were inappropriate and should have been saved for another time, perhaps an expose during non game hours. You owe the viewers more than this. You are a professional and should know when to opine on topics non sports related, like gun ownership in the US.
    Keep your comments to yourself unless it relates to the game you are covering.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. BBQBob

    This was totally out of line, not appreciated and he should be fired.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • notappropriate

      Bob, we watch you for sports commentary, not your political opinion. An apology is owed to the viewing public, as no advanced notice of your political view was forthcoming. Mr. Costas should apologize to NFL fans or face employment termination. Should Mr. Costas get terminated, he would have ample time to express his political opinions in an appropriate format or run for office.

      December 3, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • harriet

      Oh please, give me a break.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    I think his comments had racial overtones and he should be fired.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • dc

      Easy there. He was quoting Jason Whitlock, who frequently discusses racial issues in sports and society. Costas made a point of saying he doesn't always agree with Whitlock, which if you're familiar with Whitlock's work was probably code for, "I'm not focusing on race as much as he did".

      I make a point of reading Whitlock's columns specifically BECAUSE I usually disagree with them. He generally writes very compelling, insightful articles. Personally, I think he has a tendency to focus too strongly on the racial aspects of issues, which is what I think Costas was subtly distancing himself from.

      Bob Costas, and by extension, NBC, aired an editorial on a social issue. To crow for his firing is constitutionally irresponsible and dangerous. Just because someone disagrees with someone else doesn't mean he should be silenced. In fact, it probably means the opposite.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
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