NBC sportscaster Bob Costas reeled off a scathing anti-gun rant during Sunday Night Football halftime (see video below), following Saturday’s tragic murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins.
According to police, Belcher shot Perkins, the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, after a fight Saturday morning and then drove over to the Chiefs’ stadium to thank his coaches before shooting himself.
Though few questions have been answered regarding motives behind the incident, Costas took the opportunity during halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys game to express his opinions, launching a flood of criticism on social media.
Though what was certainly an insensitive tirade laced with problematic stereotypes of gun culture, Costas wasn’t wrong. His main point was that when tragedy happens, people take solace in the old cliché, “something like this really puts it all in perspective,” but rarely call for change.
Costas, despite his degrading tone, called for change, which is much more than can be said of man who took to social media to express their outrage.
The top tweet regarding the Costas rant Sunday night was from Andy Levy and read, “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.”
A comment, in effect, that is neither enlightening nor calling for any type of change.
Costas could have taken a more considerate approach, and perhaps even cited the fact that the second amendment was adopted in 1791, a tumultuous period for Americans, and so guaranteed the right to bear arms in case of the need for a militia — a need not so imperative by today’s standards.