With Another Death in the NFL, Will Costas Now Blame Autos?

Recently, tragedy struck the Dallas Cowboys as a promising linebacker on their practice squad was killed in a drunk driving accident Saturday. Of course, the sports world solemnly offered their prayers and sympathies to the family of Jerry Brown, the young man killed when his teammate, Josh Brent crashed the car. Certainly, this is a tragedy that is frustrating not only because it could have been avoided, but because it put a stop to a life and career that was only getting started.

That being said, however, I should note that this is not the only recent tragedy in the NFL. On December 1st, Jovan Belcher killed himself after killing his girlfriend. And while that, too, was tragic, sports commentator Bob Costas had no problem interjecting his liberal talking points into a football game to question the “gun culture” and rant against guns as an agent of destruction for young promise in life.

So, I suppose my question is: Where’s Costas’ corresponding, absurd rant against the dangers of automobiles? 

As many already know, in the wake of Belcher’s murder-suicide, Costas hijacked a halftime report to vent his disdain of firearms. He stated,

“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.’”

Now, bear in mind that Costas sided on the issue of gun culture with a man who likened the NRA to the KKK. Jason Whitlock said,

“I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart].”

The problem here is not that Costas has an opinion. The problem with his rant is that A) it was the wrong time and place. And B) rather than blame the illegal action by Belcher, he and Jason Whitlock promoted the flawed logic of “more guns equal more violence.”

So, if Costas is willing to blame the firearm, the instrument used to cause death, should he not equally condemn vehicles? In his diatribe, he noted that our culture’s tolerance of firearms leads to unnecessary escalation of domestic abuse situations. If gun culture exacerbates these volatile situations,  shouldn’t Costas similarly claim that with less societal tolerance for vehicles on the road, drunk driving accidents are less likely to claim lives?

Of course, we will not stop driving cars. You know why? Because it’s asinine to blame the tool used to commit illegal or immoral acts.

The gauntlet has been thrown down. Mr. Costas must either admit that his logic is flawed or he must double-down and call into question why we must have vehicles so readily accessible.

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28 Responses to With Another Death in the NFL, Will Costas Now Blame Autos?

  1. Bill Gaither says:

    I was traveling through the beautiful state of Tennessee a few days ago and they had a road sign that stated that to date there have been 939 deaths on the highways of Tennessee in 2012. I wonder how many people have been killed in 2012 in Tennessee by people that have a concealed carry permit?

  2. Bob is probably hiding under the desk of Becky Botsford.

  3. donnieboy1 says:

    Costas. like all other anti-gun liberals, are full of crap. Did the automobiles or guns kill the people. or could the deaths been caused by people who used these methods of killing someone? Costas, like all other lilberals, doesn’t have the common sense to figure this out. I wish all lilberals would just dry up and blow away.

  4. CHW, Jr. says:

    Would that so-called “gun culture” these two limousine yammerheads rant and rave against include President Obombout lin Sodom and Attorney General Eric Holder, seeing as how they shipped firearms to Mexican drug cartels (among others)…?…!

    • CHW, Jr. says:

      Well, if you want moderation, I guess I could ask whom else was/is armed by our current President (what a word!) and his kind…?…!

      • Renota Byers says:

        Wow you are really brave to say that! You know I have wondered the same thing. Who has put whom, up to what to advance and agenda. Now in 1892, Columbus crossed the ocean blue, to escape tyranny. Where can we go now?! We should see if there is any tyranny on the moon I guess. Or, we could just stay here, dig in our heels and get a backbone.

  5. CHW, Jr. says:

    If you still want more, go back to 1955, when John Gilbert (Jack) Graham blew up an airliner to kill his mother and collect insurance on her life. The fact that forty-three others (thirty-eight passengers and five crewmembers) died at the same instant fazed him not one bit; he shrugged that off in his last words before gassing at the Colorado State Prison. If this Costas-Whitlock reasoning (or lack thereof) holds true, does that mean the bomb did it?

  6. freedom_fighters says:

    Bob Costa’s needs to stop wasting oxygen. People like him had rather watch a loved family member be murdered, beaten or taped than own a firearm that allows you to protect these loved ones. Dial 911 and watch this evil happen in front of you. When seconds count the police are only minutes away.

  7. dkwalburg says:

    rest your worries….Costa is just another degreed reguritator..he has no mind of his own or any measure of critical thinking skills….that comes from years of intdoctrination in the liberal concept of education…he is a teleprompter reader without a thought process. Dan Rather, Peter Jennings…the new ones are even more uncogative…Katie Couric, the view… all without thought …turn off you tvs and practice discernment.. If no one listens the money grubbers will get the message.



  9. lynn powell says:

    I’m an old country bumpkin from Ms., and I know what people think of my Great State and the people in it, but most love it here. We believe in protecting ourselves and our families, it isn’t the gun, it’s the people that act a fool. Costa just wanted to rant and rave about something, anything to get him attention, ratings, not realizing he would have to explain his views on death. Either guns kill, cars kill, ropes kill bridges kill, the list goes on and on, or can he now admit that it is in fact the person, the state of mind that a person is in, is the winning factor.

  10. wayne says:

    The logic that Costas used…is flawed I agree in that he’s putting the blame on the girl”s death on handguns. Logic would dictate that if Belcher had such a volatile temper, a gun wasn’t necessary. If he was hellbent on killing her, he could have used his bare hands and strangled her or hit her with a blunt object or stabbed her with a knife. The intstrument he used is not the important subject here. The important part is that a young woman lost her life to a man…a person who should be held accountable, not the object that was used. In the case of the Dallas Cowboy tragedy, its not the car that is responsible. Its the guy driving the car. Where is Costas’ rant about alcohol? In the Dallas Cowboy incident, alcohol would seem to be a better villain that a gun would be. I’ll wait until Costas sticks his ‘I know more than you’ attitude on display one more time. Ironically, Costas has had very little to day in the aftermath of his comments due to the public’s tongue lashing of his so mistimed and inappropriate remarks. Shut up Costas and let sports be sports and let the social commentary to those who know when to speak out against it.

  11. Mark says:

    Such a flattering photo. :P Makes him look like as much of an imbecile as his words make him to be.

  12. JAM says:

    The two events discussed here are so tragic there is really little more to say about them. But at the risk of ignoring those tragedies, I present another: the death of intelligent debate.

    I don’t agree with Bob Costas’ position. But I think he presented it in a very articulate and methodical way, as he did again last night as a guest on Pierce Morgan’s CNN show. Sometimes social issues and sports issues intersect, as they did here. Costas was simply doing his job as a sports COMMENTATOR to comment. That is his role, that is what he is asked to do, and he did it professionally. And in this case, doing his job happened to instigated a debate. Thank God I live in a country where such discussion is possible.

    Again, I do not agree with Costas. But saying “Bob Costas had no problem interjecting his liberal talking points” seems overly-defensive. Again, he was doing his job. But more importantly…is this really where we are now as a country? Open your mouth about anything, and get labeled and branded? Maybe Costas is a liberal. Maybe I’m a conservative. So what? The comments so far posted here are even more harsh. “Costas is just another degreed regurgitator”. Seriously? Why can’t we have an intelligent debate without resorting to name-calling? Why not just call him a booger-face? Why can’t we disagree? Why do we have to be so incredibly sensitive?

    For the record, Costas is not calling for gun bans. He only suggested there is a gun culture in society and, by default, in sports. And maybe events like this should cause us to revisit what can be done about abuses in that culture. If the best argument we can come back with is to suggest that restricting gun laws is comparable to restricting car use, then our argument loses all credibility. We’d better have better ammo than that.

    Let opposition speak, as long as they do so in an articulate manner. Respond in an equally-articulate manner. Costas presented his case just fine. I happen to disagree with him. If I cannot do so without name-calling, career-bashing and use of irrelevant analogies like “well what about cars???”, then perhaps the first amendment is in much more trouble than the second.

    • AGREED says:


      You are to be credited as a contemplative, and intelligent individual. Your thoughts are rational, controlled, and not reactionary, something others who have posted here have not been able to achieve. You are to be congratulated, though I fear you will be more readily condemned because you aren’t jumping up and down, name-calling, and castigating Bob Costas.

  13. GAR says:

    With Bob’s reasoning, I think he should be banned because stupidity breeds stupidity. If all the stupid people were gathered together Bob and placed in one part of the world so they could be monitored, according to your reasoning, then no more stupid things would occur?

  14. GBone says:

    Good thought on blaming the cars. That being the issue, would we not want to blame the pencil if we make a mistake or blame the spoon for us having fat people?

  15. Richard Mayock says:

    Hey BOB!,……I just had a great idea! You should like this! Let’s just ban EVERYTHING! We’ll all just stand, facing the sunrise every morning, some overpaid govt waitstaff will come around and give us our “soylent green” pills, and chang
    e our diapers, and give us all a bottle of govt. approved soymilk formula. We’ll not be allowed to speak to others about anything but ‘joy-joy’ feelings, and suffer the consequences if anyone speaks out in anger, or bids ‘bad comments’ about our “pharohic” leadersl I’m surprised nobody’s built a shrine for this Bastard yet! Hey!,…maybe that’s what’s coming up next!,….and that’s why they want to raise taxes,….to finish off the last of the independent thinkers !

  16. william upson says:

    Bob Costas is a stupid little mean sprited east coast liberal. He is a little prick who thinks it is OK to bring his politics to a foorball game. He is wrong of course and that pretty much proves to God and everyone what a moron he is.

  17. Kim says:

    I’m no way a football fan . But I’ve heard of this man through the years and I agree that his “tirade” of “banning guns” is his own opinion. As we all have opinions on things of this nature .But a football game is not the place for it. Especially at half time he was so wrong. Do it on his own time not at the expense of the million of fans. Hank Williams Jr was fired because he “spoke out” on his own time. Well Bob Costas needs to be fired also . You don’t hear anything from the football league of his rant and ravings but with Hank Jr it was all over the t.v. and internet with in hours. Bob Costas should receive the same treatment others have experienced with speaking of their opinions . Shame on him these families are dealing with such heartache and he uses their tragedy to spout his “opinions” . What gives him the right ? when it wasn’t on his own dime? . He should be ashamed of himself and Football fans need to speak up and tell the Head honchos he needs to fired.

  18. David Feith says:

    Does anybody else see the common connection of alcohol in these two tragedies? If Costas has to blame an inanimate object, how about attacking the alcohol that sponsors the football games he broadcasts for…oh wait.

  19. Nicole says:

    You can say the same thing of Alcohol, should we take alcohol off the streets? The liberals wouldn’t have that, would they? It was his drinking and driving that caused the accident. What about other drugs? They are starting to make those legal, there is a reason they call marijuana a gateway drug, they are legalizing under the guise of getting rid of crime, they will get the opposite effect. If anything, more people will do things they wouldn’t normally do because they are under the influence of drugs.

    It’s all about choices. If Jovan didn’t have a gun, he probably would have used his hands to kill her, Josh Brent chose to drink, and Jerry chose to ride with a drunk driver. You can’t prevent the evils of the world by taking away peoples rights. You take away the freedom of the perpetrator, you hold people accountable for their actions, that’s all you can do.
    It’s like that movie, I can’t remember the name, that they can see a short distance into the future and know that someone is going to commit murder. They arrest them before they can kill. We can’t see the future, you can’t punish someone before they commit a crime, or take way their right to protect themselves, or just because they could hurt someone.

  20. catfish says:

    Mind altering chemicals are the main issue, not guns, cars, knives or baseball bats. Every time some stoned or drunk is in his natural state, he/she endangers everyone. All social issues. Our country has been in decline for years with alcohol consumption, now some states have added Pot to the mix.

  21. Mark says:

    Maybe Costas could blame the microphone for saying stupid things. Ban all microphones!!

  22. jeanne bowser says:

    Passion creates the “killing” and guns are grabbed and used during the heat of passion so it makes perfect sense that if there was no gun around the emotions might cool down and no one would have to die!

  23. John G. Doyle says:

    I think that maybe if his girlfriend would have owned a gun that just maybe she might be alive today!

  24. bill says:

    don’t be to hard on costas. he is a little puppit like all the news casters. if it took brains he couldn’t piss a hole in the snow.

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