Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/3/12
Bob Costas is one of the most respected broadcasters in sports, so when he spoke about the Jovan Belcher situation during halftime of NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the entire sports world turned up the volume. Costas used the platform of the highly rated program to preach about the gun problem facing the country, citing a column by Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock. In the column, Whitlock talks about how the country’s gun culture leads to more harm than good and that “if [Belcher] didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.” Belcher, a former University of Maine player, committed suicide Saturday at the Chiefs’ practice facility after fatally shooting Perkins, his girlfriend. The situation left many, including quarterback Brady Quinn, wondering whether or not Belcher could have been helped. While Costas certainly showed an ability to address the topic head-on and in detail, something that other TV networks were criticized for failing to do Sunday, many people have since panned Costas’ review. His fixation on gun control as being at the heart of the issue had critics throughout the sports world and beyond shaking their heads soon after his soliloquy aired. Others agreed with his take. To hear Costas’ entire speech from Sunday night, watch the video below.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Why Rickie Fowler will win the PGA Championship

Warren Sapp bitten on arm by shark

Fitzpatrick, Jets agree to one-year deal

Baker considering removing Papelbon from closer role?

Greg Hardy struggling to find work, reportedly even in CFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jets players told not to discuss Ryan Fitzpatrick situation

Brock Lesnar won't be punished by WWE for UFC drug test

Report: Cowboys to be fined up to $250K for suspended players

Data shows NFL-backed youth program that claimed reduced concussions is bogus

Report: Odom’s family working hard to get him to go to rehab

Drug dealers adding Olympic rings to cocaine wrappers in Rio

Poll: Las Vegas residents don’t support public funds for NFL stadium

Conor McGregor talks trash to Nate Diaz on ‘Conan’

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Real Madrid can’t train at Norwegian school because of the kids

Newspaper uses Michael Jordan ‘crying face’ as image

Equipment manager Blake Griffin punched no longer works for Clippers

Report: Nicks signing one-year deal with Saints

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

Robbie Keane rescued on highway after running out of gas

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Tigers play high stakes game of Rock, Paper, Scissors

Tavares dismisses rumors, wants to stay with Islanders

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker