[Video] Sports Announcer Bob Costas Defends His Anti-Gun Commentary During NFL Game
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You might remember that sports commentator Bob Costas weighed in on the gun control debate last year during halftime at an NFL game that he was commenting on.
Costas called out the NFL’s “gun culture” and cited other commentator’s comments on guns in the NFL and professional sports in general.
In a new interview with Fox News, Costas defended his comments about athletes and guns, but acknowledged that he could have better worded his statements to clarify that he was talking about professional athletes and firearms.
Costas goes on to say that he wasn’t talking about lawful gun ownership, nor was he attacking the Second Amendment or calling for additional gun control.
Costas made similar comments in December of 2012 during an MSNBC interview,
What I was talking about here – and I’m sorry if that wasn’t clear to everybody – was a gun culture,” Costas said on MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” referring to comments he made during his weekly half-time slot on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. “I never mentioned the Second Amendment. I never used the words gun control. People inferred that. Now, do I believe that we need more comprehensive and sensible gun control? Yes I do. That doesn’t mean repeal the Second Amendment.”
However, some of the comments Costas made during the rant, do seem to point to, at minimum, a severe lack of support for the Second Amendment. Costas said,
“It demonstrates itself in the Wild West, Dirty Harry mentality of people who actually believe that if a number of people were armed in the theater in Aurora, they would have been able to take down this nut-job in body armor and military-style artillery,” he said. “It plays itself out in the inner cities where teenage kids are somehow armed to the hilt. And it plays itself in the sports world where young athletes are disproportionately armed.”
Here is the original video that is being referenced.