With the football world still reeling from the news that Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had shot himself in the head, shortly after allegedly murdering his girlfriend and the mother of his child, NBC's Bob Costas used his "Sunday Night Football" halftime segment to take on an a divisive issue rarely broached by politicians, much less sportscasters.
In his 90-second long remarks, Costas slammed American "gun culture," and the gun control laws that he believes make it easier for people to commit violent acts.
Whitlock, whom Costas quoted extensively in his segment, called football "embarrassingly tone deaf" in his piece on the Belcher murder-suicide. He criticized the Kansas City Chiefs for not cancelling their Sunday night game, saying: "Football is our God. Its exaggerated value in our society has never been more evident than Saturday morning in my adopted hometown. There’s just no way this game should be played."
Costas' commentary prompted instant reaction from social media users, many of whom felt that a sports broadcast was not the time or the place to get political. Using the #BobCostasLogic hashtag, critics slammed the sportscaster for his central argument -- if Belcher didn't have access to a gun, he wouldn't have shot Perkins.
Congress should ban all eating utensils as they contribute to obesity. #BobCostasLogic— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) December 3, 2012
"If it weren't for dogs, Michael Vick wouldn't have a problem." #BobCostasLogic— Kevin S ⛳ (@golfrnsavh) December 3, 2012
Ban the Internet to prevent people saying stupid sh*t on Twitter. #BobCostasLogic— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) December 3, 2012
I heard a lot of breakups are caused by Facebook drama these days, let's ban Facebook. #BobCostasLogic— AG (@AG_Conservative) December 3, 2012
Watch the controversial segment below: