Bob Costas is known for his “old man rants” on current events that have little or nothing to do with sports. The Emmy Award winning media icon is revered by many and ridiculed by others for offering his personal opinions, while isolated segments of the fan base who simply just want to watch football. I admit that I was once on the Bob Costas bandwagon, even awarding him our Man of the Week title after his speech regarding individualism in professional sports and its deterioration of the purity of the game. However, he lost my respect following his latest Sunday Night Football rambling, which left a bad taste in my mouth and reeked of media biased propaganda.
Emotions were understandably high in the wake of the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker, Javon Belcher, and the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, Kasandra Perkins. That being said, it is Belcher who is to blame for this incident: not the gun, not society, not the music he listened to and not performance enhancing drugs. Ultimately a man has to be responsible for his own actions. To excuse and label him a victim of circumstance is a slap in the face to the actual victims of his heinous actions.
In his rant, Costas preached about gaining perspective. Casting the blame for the acts of one selfish scumbag to an inanimate object is hardly gaining perspective. It has become a cliché, but still holds weight – “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Anything can be a weapon if put into the wrong hands. If Javon Belcher were to have killed his girlfriend with a car, would Bob Costas preach on the need for increased driver’s license restrictions?
Sadly, this is yet another example of NBC’s blatant political agenda. I am utterly disgusted that they would use such a tragedy to push their agenda. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless act, but increased gun control is not the answer. We need less gun control and more self control. At the end of the day, morals, values and individual accountability are the only things that can save us from ourselves.