By: Kenneth Schortgen Jr December 3, 2012
On Dec. 2 during NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcast of the Eagles vs. Cowboys, well known sportscaster Bob Costas issued a commentary on the recent tragedy involving Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher. In his diatribe, Costas announced that no American should be allowed to own a handgun, and used the platform of the football game to call for nationwide gun control.
In the aftermath of Bob Costas’s comments, negative Twitter chatter exploded across the web, with many
Americans calling for a removal of Costas from NBC, and a boycott of Sunday Night Football, along with their sponsors.
You knew it was coming. In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichés was heard yet again, ‘Something like this really puts it all in perspective.’ Well if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games. Please.
Those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports, would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective. You want some actual perspective on this? Well a bit of it comes from the Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock, with whom I do not always agree, but, who today, said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.
“Our current gun culture,” Whitlock wrote, “ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead. Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. 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.” – Bob Costas, Sunday Night Football, Dec. 2 READ MORE