I’m not going to pile on Bob Costas for his ludicrous anti-gun comments on last Sunday night’s NBC Game of the Week.
I’m also not going to pile on Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock for writing part of what Costas said, which was equally ludicrous.
Here is the news from Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday that was important:
Kansas City 27, Carolina 21.
That’s what millions of NFL fans tuned in to see on Sunday.
Costas’ flaming lib position in the wake of a tragic murder-suicide that left Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, dead and their three month old child, Zoey, parentless was simply not appropriate to the game.
He’s certainly entitled to his opinion as is Whitlock, however wrong they might be.
And they are.
Costas’ speaking role at Mickey Mantle’s funeral must have gone to his head. Maybe he thought of himself as America’s sports healer-in-chief. He’s not.
Bob Costas is a gifted sports broadcaster. He has a rare ability to both explain the game to people and not seem condescending in the process. He also has a wonderful sense of history and proportion, none of which were on display at the halftime of the NBC broadcast on Sunday.
Let me put this in perspective.
I have a friend who is both a big liberal and a big NASCAR fan.
He thinks of Dale Earnhardt as a departed God and Richard Petty as a living religious figure. The Billy Graham of speed. He thinks of the infield at Talladega as the Holyland. And he voted, twice, for Barack Obama.
When he tunes in for a race, he wants to know if Dale Junior’s engine will blow up, if Jeff Gordon is history as a contender, and if Mark Martin is really going to retire this year. The last thing he wants to hear is a conservative rant from Fox announcer Darrell Waltrip about politics and how they affect the individuals in the sport. And, I agree.
I also think it fair to make the comparison to the NFL.
It’s a game. The altercation between Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend was tragic, and it was news. It was news that had absolutely nothing, let me repeat that, NOTHING to do with gun control. Or the NFL.
Yet Costas was motivated to say the following:
Our current gun culture. . . ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy. Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding . . . 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.
Costas may be a great sportscaster; but as a political analyst, he’s no better or different than Chris Matthews.
The fact is we have no idea why Belcher snapped and killed the mother of his child before killing himself.
If a gun had not been available, it is nonsense to think he wouldn’t have committed the homicide some other way. He shot her nine times, which indicates that he could have stabbed her in a rage or snapped her neck.
To blithely say that if Belcher did not possess a gun he and his girlfriend would be alive is to ignore reality.
And, frankly, for Whitlock to say that the National Rifle Association is the new Ku Klux Klan is pretty arrogant in view of the fact that if we do have a “gun culture”, it seems to be centered in the inner city and promoted by mostly black gang-bangers. Don’t blame white America for that, big guy.
If you don’t want people to kill each other with guns, then convince them not to kill each other. Because if you could or would be successful at removing guns from this society, you would then have to remove baseball bats as well.