NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas says it was a “mistake” to mention gun control on air Sunday in discussing the murder-suicide committed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher because his choice of words “left it open for too much miscommunication.”
Costas, who appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, has been criticized in some quarters for his choice of words about the tragedy during his halftime segment of the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
Costas, during that halftime, quoted Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock and said, “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”
The 90-second clip led to viral YouTube videos and blog posts with angry comments demanding Costas be fired from NBC. Costas addressed those comments in talking Tuesday to Patrick, who hosts the studio show for Sunday Night Football on NBC.
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