An internet round-up of angry responses to Bob Costas

NRA, Fox News, and Ted Nugent are predictably upset with Bob Costas

12/3/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - An internet round-up of angry responses to Bob CostasEvery network broadcasting an NFL game Sunday, or even those just broadcasting scores and highlights segments, had the uncomfortable task of addressing this weekend's Jovan Belcher-Kasandra Perkins tragedy. In the case of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" telecast last night, the network went with a 90-second Bob Costas homily that ended with Costas quoting sports writer Jason Whitlock's take on the shootings -- "If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

Now Costas delivers a similar sanctimonious sermon pretty much every Sunday night.  But it's not every Sunday night that the milquetoast miniature sports anchor draws angry rebukes from  the National Rifle Association, major Presidential candidates, and the best-known media personalities on Fox News.

I don't mind pointing out the irony in Fox News slamming Costas for quoting an article published on Fox Sports.

Nonetheless, some of your best-known Fox News anchors took to Twitter to rebuke Costas' gun control advocacy. Fox News senior anchor Brit Hume complained on Twitter, "Bob Costas quotes KC sportswriter to make gun control case re: Jovan Belcher murder/suicide. Cites all known gun control cliches." Meanwhile, Fox Business Network anchor Lou Dobbs tweeted, "The Media Left at Halftime: Bob Costas pushing gun control, quoting...who else?..a sports writer on ridding the country of the 2nBlog Photo - An Internet round-up of angry responses to Bob Costasd Amendment".

Apparently, Hume and Dobbs spend their Sunday evenings watching "Sunday Night Football" instead of "Huckabee" and "The O'Reilly Factor". I'd make a note of this for their next performance reviews, Rupert Murdoch.

Hilarious former presidential candidate Herman Cain was also less-than-pleased with Bob Costas' remarks. Cain tweeted, "You tune in for a football game and end up listening to Bob Costas spewing sanctimonious dreck." Mr. Cain, that happens every week on "Sunday Night Football"!

It's not just famous people taking to social media to call out Bob Costas. A Facebook group called The NFL Should Ban Bob Costas is responsible for that extremely amusing graphic to the right. They are posting phone numbers and contact information for head honchos at NBC Sports, plus other images calling for Costas to get the Hank Williams, Jr. treatment for controversial remarks.

National Rifle Association director Wayne LaPierre told ABC News, "(People) didn’t tune in to listen to Bob Costas in a way make excuses for a murderer, whining about his social agenda of gun bans in the middle of a football game, and that’s why he’s getting the reaction that he’s getting."

And don't forget The Nuge! Ted Nugent popped in to today's broadcast of Mark Davis' show on 660 AM in Dallas. He was as measured as you would expect Ted Nugent to be. "The curse of the fantasy-driven cult of denial out there that is manifested in the voting for Barack Obama and the gun-running Attorney General ad nauseum -- I didn't think that Bob Costas had that hole in his brain," Nugent said. "How dare you blame an inanimate object on something like murder? Why not blame the murderer?"

If you haven't seen it yet, Costas' statement can be seen below. Was it fair or foul? Feel free to go full-on Ted Nugent in the comments below.
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