PR Crisis Brewing for NBC and Bob Costas

04 Dec

NBC’s Bob Costas’ take on criticism of his gun comments

Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY Sports

6:27PM EST December  3. 2012 – NBC’s Bob Costas, communicating through a spokesman Monday about on-air comments about guns he made Sunday night, “feels an unfortunate leap was taken that he was advocating taking away Second Amendment rights. He was not.”

Costas declined comment to an interview request from USA TODAY Sports to speak about comments he made during NBC’s NFL coverage Sunday night. But NBC spokesman Greg Hughes says,”In a short (on-air) time period he can cover only one aspect of a complicated issue. So he quoted (columnist Jason Whitlock) about the gun culture and an almost Wild West attitude in parts of this country. He is pro-sensible gun reform and pro-attitude adjustment on guns.”

In his 90-second on-air comments Sunday that have drawn criticism in cyberspace, Costas discussed Kansas City Chief linebacker Jovan Belcher shooting girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then committing suicide with a gun. Costas’ conclusion: “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

Monday, NBC spokesman Hughes added that Costas is “in favor of people owning guns to hunt and carrying them in reasonably controlled circumstances.”


Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


6 responses to “PR Crisis Brewing for NBC and Bob Costas

  1. mr25straight

    December 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    The Bob Costas comment the other night was terrible! It was completely inaccurate, false, and a classic stereotype of gun control. The football player obviously had something wrong with him! If he wouldn’t have had a gun he would have simply beat the crap of his girlfriend and then hanged himself. If he would have done that would we be blaming the rope? Or the gym equipment used to make him that strong? No, we as nation are scared of guns because of the power they hold. Guns are nothing more than tool! Without guns the United States could possibly not even exist! I personally own guns and use them for recreation, and never ever once have had the thought of taking my own life or someone else’s. There are millions of guns in the world and only fractions are used to do the unthinkable. Bob Costas looked like an over paid trained political donkey!

    • simmons1216

      December 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      The thing is, though, guns only have one use… to kill. We wouldn’t blame the rope because the rope has many other uses, we wouldn’t blame the gym equipment either. You are right, guns are nothing more than a tool. But what are we using them for, if not to murder. I’m not saying people use guns to kill other people all the time. I’m saying that most people have a rational fear of guns because guns do kill people when they’re in the wrong hands. And more often than not, it seems, that’s where they are.

  2. joylanadventurer01

    December 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    This sounds like quite the controversial topic. I personally did not see the show or clip where Bob Costas makes any retorts or comments about guns or anything, but I can willingly put in my opinions and thoughts on the topic of guns. I do not personally own any form of a firearm, however I am in the presence of one almost every day. As you might have guessed, my family own firearms and they keep them in the house. My father hunts, and therefore he requires a gun to, for a lack of better terms, kill and indulge in wild game. He loves to hunt as much as possible, and I am perfectly fine with that. I think that owning guns is fair and that it should be allowed. I do however think that extensive background checks and tests be run to make sure there are no possible problems with the persons buying the guns. By that I simply mean that they should be mature enough and responsible enough to have one. I think that sometimes guns are given out far too easily and that is, in itself, irresponsible. I have only heard little parts about the football player killing his girlfriend and then himself, but it does seem rather tragic. I think people get too riled up about it though. I am sure there are many people in the world doing similar things, but they get no attention because they are not famous or popular. I believe it is our societies fault for inventing guns and distributing them, but that is just something we are going to have to live with. Just think about it, we arm thousands of people every day and tell them to kill, obviously it is a different circumstance, but is it still not wrong? We never think twice about giving arms to our military recruits and expecting them to mercilessly kill people.

  3. bananas320

    December 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I feel like NBC is trying to cover up a huge slip. Costas’ remark was about as lame as it gets. If he is “pro- sensible gun reform” he would not have made that comment. I tend to go along with the view that guns do not kill people any more than spoons make people obese. Jovan Belcher was a sick sick man and I find it highly offensive that Costas make an excuse for this terrible occurance. That gun probably saved Kasandra Perkins from a much more violent demise such as strangling or otherwise. I believe Costas owes an apology for trying to twist a tragic event into a political issue. He should worry more about delivering the news instead of interjeting his own opinions. But, thats just my opinion. 🙂

  4. simmons1216

    December 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    It seems that Bob Costas’ comments about gun control are quite controversial. For someone who publicly states that he is “pro-sensible gun reform,” Bob’s comments definitely make it look like he believes the opposite. I think that Costas’ remarks were made at the wrong place, possibly the wrong time as well. Costa, as a news anchor/reporter/whatever, shouldn’t have interjected his own opinions. He could have easily given his opinion at another time without making this an issue. If he thought about it, Sunday Night Football might not have been the best time to say his feelings about gun control.

  5. maverick41

    December 14, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I think we should stop the hate on Costas and look at the big picture here: Gun control and the Jovan Belcher incidence. I am not going to sit here and talk about how I feel about Costas’ remark because it was just that: an opinion. Can’t hold that against him. With that being said, I do in fact understand what he meant about what happened with Jovan Belcher. I get that it is permitted by law, but seriously how often do you see an article about someone saving their family from a robber because they owned a gun? Not very often. If you have lived in a city like I have once before, you would know that a majority of the articles you see are young people dying in drive-by shootings or other crime related topics. Why? Because they were allowed to carry guns. I understand completely why they should be allowed for protection. But that does not mean I agree that there should be as many guns out there as there are. We are just asking for an increased crime, death, and suicide rate. I know it sounds rough, but its true! Please understand that is my opinion. All I ask is that you take into consideration what I am saying.


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