Bob Costas Makes It Political

By Breeanne Howe

Watching football on Sunday isn’t a time you’d expect to be faced with politics.  In fact, for many people, Sunday football is a welcome distraction from the world of politics.  Unfortunately, this past Sunday was the exception following the murder/suicide of Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher.  Belcher murdered his girlfriend on Saturday morning then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide.  While the majority of people were concerned for the couple’s now parentless 3 month old infant, Bob Costas used the occasion to espouse his personal thoughts on gun control.

Quoting a column by Jason Whitlock, of Kansas City, Costas stated on NBC’s Sunday Night Football he agreed with Whitlock’s assessment that the Belcher tragedy could have been avoided if guns were less accessible.  “Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy…,” wrote Whitlock in his article whole-heartedly blaming the second amendment for Belcher’s actions.  So once again, the inexcusable actions of a murderer have been dismissed because society allowed him to make a personal decision.  Costas started his inappropriate rant by conveying his annoyance at the lack of perspective that never seems to actually follow tragedies in the sports community.  Perhaps Costas isn’t seeing the perspective because he is the one lacking.