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Bob Costas Uses Halftime to Advocate for Gun Control and Angers Viewers

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas got unexpectedly  political during America’s favorite pastime.

Following Saturday’s murder-suicide involving  Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, Costas used his halftime segment on ‘Sunday Night Football’ to advocate for gun control, and his comments caused an  immediate stir on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.

In a segment about 90 seconds long, the  60-year-old Queens, New York, native paraphrased and quoted from a piece by Fox  Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, formerly of the Kansas City Star.

Costas praised the emotive  column and told his viewers, ‘In the  coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection 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.’

On Saturday, December 1, Belcher, 25, shot  and killed his wife Perkins, 22, the mother of his 3-month-old daughter.

Belcher then drove to Arrowhead Stadium, his  team’s home stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, and shot himself in the parking  lot of its practice facility.

Family and friends said the two had endured a  ‘strained relationship’ that got worse after the birth of their  daughter.

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot  and killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday morning

The online reaction to Costas’ remarks came  fast, with many viewers criticizing the sportscaster for voicing his personal  and political opinions on a program meant for entertainment.

‘The Media Left at Halftime: Bob Costas  pushing gun control, quoting…who else?..a sports writer on ridding the country  of the 2nd Amendment,’ wrote television host Lou Dobbs, who uses the Twitter  handle @loudobbsnews

‘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,’ wrote Fox commentator Andrew Levy, who uses the Twitter handle  @andylevy

‘Yes, Bob Costas, guns are the problem.  Nicole Brown Simpson would be alive today if OJ hadn’t shot her with that  knife,’ wrote Twitter user @ToddKincanno

‘NRA gonna’ be PISSSED at Bob Costas,’ wrote  Twitter user @JeremyStahl

Judging from about 100 tweets, more than 95  per cent of those quickest to respond to Coastas’ remarks expressed annoyance  and outright disagreement, with only a few in favor.

National Post sports columnist Bruce Arthur,  who uses the Twitter handle @bruce_arthur, was one of the few on the  micro-blogging site to agree with the remarks.

‘Bob Costas just quoted Jason Whitlock, and  the whole thing made perfect sense,’ he wrote.

Costas has been on the air for NBC Sports  television since the early 1980s.

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