In the wake of Saturday morning’s tragic murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, the media has focused, for better or worse, on raw emotion, on family, on team, on football.
NBC studio analyst Bob Costas shifted that focus on Sunday night. At halftime of the Sunday Night Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, Costas took a minute to quote Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock on the dangers of gun culture in America.
Naturally, some folks on Twitter didn’t like that.
A Twitter search for “Bob Costas” reveals how many people thought Costas’ supremely surprising halftime gun control suggestion was weak sauce.
Bob Costas, who’s gotten rich thanks in part to a sport that destroys men’s bodies and brains, gives us a little civics lecture.
— Andy Levy (@andylevy) December 3, 2012
The Media Left at Halftime: Bob Costas pushing gun control, quoting…who else?..a sports writer on ridding the country of the 2nd Amendment
— Lou Dobbs (@loudobbsnews) December 3, 2012
Bob Costas quotes KC sportswriter to make gun control case re: Jovan Belcher murder/suicide. Cites all known gun control cliches.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) December 3, 2012
If responsible gun owners all thought like Bob Costas, right now they'd be calling for a ban on microphones and Just for Men gel.
— proteinwisdom (@proteinwisdom) December 3, 2012
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Shame on NBC & Bob Costas for that embarrassing anti-gun screed. Luckily, Brady Quinn's words were far more intelligent & relevant.
— Ted Newton (@Ted_Newton) December 3, 2012
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Someone should introduce Bob Costas to the nanny who recently stabbed 2 young kids to death in my NYC neighborhood. Sick ppl do sick things.
— Kevin Balfe (@kbalfe) December 3, 2012
Screw you Bob Costas. Gun control kills. Just look at Chicago. Only a punk like you would politicize a tragedy like this.
— Kelly (@KLSouth) December 3, 2012
Some people thought it’d be best to employ race-based wordplay:
If Bob Costas lives in an ivory tower, does Jason Whitlock live in an ebony tower?
— Josh Zerkle (@JoshZerkle) December 3, 2012
But some media folk had his back:
Let's have the debate on gun control — but the pathological hatred toward anyone who dares suggest it (like Bob Costas) is sickening
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) December 3, 2012
And some love cracking wise:
What did Bob Costas say? Based on Twitter searches he peed on the Constitution and agreed with Jason Whitlock. I won't stand for the latter.
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) December 3, 2012