NBC’s Bob Costas admitted that he made a “mistake” by airing his thoughts on the the Jovan Belcher shooting during a broadcast of Sunday Night Football, though he suggested “the gun lobby” had “orchestrated” some of the backlash.
“What I was trying to say was, that if you want some perspective on this, there are a number of issues related to this that we could begin to talk about and think about,” Costas said on The Dan Patrick Show. “The problem was that I didn’t have enough time to get to many of them” in the short time available during that segment.
“Maybe I gave the audience too much credit, but I said, ‘if you’re looking for perspective, a bit of it can be found’ — and my implication there — with every second counting; I had maybe 50 seconds total for this — my implication was ‘a bit of perspective, here’s one aspect of it,” he also said. “My mistake there was that I left it open to too much misinterpretation.”
Costas said he wasn’t surprised by the backlash. “Some of it I think comes from the gun lobby and what they perceived I was saying — some of its kind of orchestrated from certain directions — but others I think it’s just a visceral reaction to what I said,” Costas said. “And everyone is entitled to their point of view.”
He added that “if we’re truly looking for perspective on this and not merely saying, ‘this is so sad that it took my attention for a few minutes away from the Seahawks-Bears game,’ if you’re really looking for perspective, then a discussion should ensue within sports about the football culture, the gun culture, domestic violence . . . those issues should be discussed if we’re looking for some kind of elusive perspective after an event like this.”
The Dan Patrick Show noted that “Costas clarified he doesn’t want to see the second amendment repealed. He thinks people should be able to have guns for protection or hunting. But he feels the proliferation of guns is the problem and people shouldn’t be able to collect too many guns and people don’t need semi-automatic weapons.”
Costas faulted Fox and Friends for suggesting he should be fired, saying that “Apparently [they have] much more regard for the Second Amendment than the First,” he said.