NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas used his weekly halftime commentary segment during “Sunday Night Football” to advocate for something that had little to do with sports: gun control.
The impetus was a tragic shooting in Kansas City, when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, drove to the team’s training camp, and shot himself in front his coaches.
Costas used the words of sportswriter Jason Whitlock to argue that the “gun culture” in America undoubtedly had a role in the shooting, and needed to be changed.
In Sports Illustrated, sports media ace Richard Deitsch critiqued the Belcher coverage on the NFL programs, reserving his harshest criticism for CBS’ handling of the situation. CBS opened with a shlocky live commercial for Garmin GPS devices before finally beginning the show: