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Costas sparks gun control debate during Sunday night football

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Updated: 12/03/2012 9:04 am Published: 12/03/2012 6:34 am

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - NBC broadcaster Bob Costas used his halftime segment on "Sunday Night Football" to advocate for gun control following this weekend's murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, causing an immediate debate on social media.

In a segment about 90 seconds long, Costas paraphrased and quoted extensively from a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock.

After praising the column, Costas said: "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."

Belcher shot and killed Perkins, the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, on Saturday morning, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in the parking lot of the team's practice facility.

The online reaction to Costas' segment was swift, with many people criticizing the broadcaster for expressing his personal views on a program meant for entertainment.

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dukshanee - 12/3/2012 8:52 PM
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criminals will always have guns no matter what "gun control" they try to "advocate". when a crack head breaks into costas house bet he wished he had a gun then!!! hell, probly have the nfl players are formally from the ghetto and still got their ghetto ways.. if he didn't have a gun, he could have used a knife! you gonna avocate knife control???!!!! lol

waterfasting - 12/3/2012 11:15 AM
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Really costas? I can think of a million things someone could use to kill themselves with.

navychief - 12/3/2012 9:46 AM
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I'm not a violent person but somebody need to punch him in the ear. I know some of the people looking at this would say it's not Bob's fault its the microphone fault.

cattleokie - 12/3/2012 8:45 AM
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Costas is an IDIOT!!!!!!
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