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Bob Costas, Jason Whitlock, Javon Belcher, and Culpability

Written By: Bob - Dec• 03•12

During the halftime break of last night’s Sunday Night Football game, announcer Bob Costas took just over a minute and forty seconds to hold forth, blaming guns in society for the murder-suicide committed by Kansas City Cheifs linebacker Javon Belcher on Saturday. Belcher murdered his baby’s momma early in the morning, then drove to the Cheif’s practice facility to commit suicide.

Costas quoted liberally from sportswriter Jason Whitlock:

I would argue that your rationalizations speak to how numb we are in this society to gun violence and murder. We’ve come to accept our insanity. We’d prefer to avoid seriously reflecting upon the absurdity of the prevailing notion that the second amendment somehow enhances our liberty rather than threatens it.

How many young people have to die senselessly? How many lives have to be ruined before we realize the right to bear arms doesn’t protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons?

Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.

In the coming days, Belcher’s actions will be analyzed through the lens of concussions and head injuries. Who knows? Maybe brain damage triggered his violent overreaction to a fight with his girlfriend. What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.

That is the message I wish Chiefs players, professional athletes and all of us would focus on Sunday and moving forward. Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.

But we won’t. We’ll watch Sunday’s game and comfort ourselves with the false belief we’re incapable of the wickedness that exploded inside Jovan Belcher Saturday morning.

It’s quite frankly idiotic to think that a NFL linebacker couldn’t have simply beaten or stabbed his wife to death—hello, O.J. Simpson—if a firearm wasn’t around, nor does an inanimate object have the power to cloud our judgement as both Whitlock and Costas assert.

Far more corrosive and to blame for the epidemic of athlete violence than the firearms tens of millions of Americans don’t use for violence every day is the permissive culture that allows violent athletes second, third and fourth chances because of their celebrity status. The number one contributor to that culture of excessive tolerance: sports writers. Even yesterday, Costas and Whitlock excused the murder committed by Belcher by blaming it on the gun.

I took to Twitter to voice my displeasure with Whitlock yesterday. I was… testy.












I went on to note that the only professional athletes that you never hear throwing tantrums are professional shooters, but you get the point. Thugs are accepted in professional athletics because they make money for the coaches, the general managers and the owners, and the sports media glosses over this criminal behavior instead of calling for these criminal athletes to be thrown out of the game.

Whitlock’s response to my criticism? Dead silence. Incapable of rebuttal, he blocked me. Like the spoiled athletes they cover, sports journalists are thin-skinned prima donnas unable to accept or deal with valid criticism.

Sadly, it’s going to take a popular outcry against “journalists” such as these and the entities they represent by boycotting their advertisers to make a difference. Whitlock and Costas must be removed from their positions as enablers and blameshifters protecting a thug culture in professional sports.

Our world is worse off because of violent thugs like Javon Belcher, and until we get rid of men like Jason Whitlock and Bob Costas who are apologists for such behavior, we can expect the violent, thuggish behavior of professional athletes to continue. How many more innocents must die until the media enablers of this violent sports culture are driven out of business?

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  1. david7134 says:

    We are going to need our guns, soon.

  2. rumcrook says:

    Did costas come out and preach about the misplaced freedom to own knives after oj almost cut off two peoples heads?

    How about a ban on automobiles becuase drunks kill people with them. Of course not because be uses knives and cars.

    Costas lives in an insulated world where he is safe so he doesn’t care about gun ownership for himself..

    I on the other hand have saved my life and loved ones twice with firearms and his brand of compassion would nessessarily have seen me dead unable to protect me and mine so he could feel more civilized and caring

  3. Dan says:

    To hear the media tell it, Ray Lewis is an NFL icon…an example of how the game should be played, and an all-around good guy with a promising career in TV work when his playing days are over. Maybe it’s because he and his entourage used knives rather than guns when they murdered two men in Atlanta after the Super Bowl in 2001.

    • twolaneflash says:

      Ray Lewis is largely responsible for financially injuring an entire section of Atlanta. Nightlife died (pardon the pun) in the Buckhead area of Atlanta after Ray Lewis’s crew did their crimes. The area had become the upscale place to party, but as the urban predators started using it as a hunting area, the party relocated away from the thugs. Now, many suburban dwellers avoid downtown all together, supporting neighborhood taverns.

  4. louielouie says:

    anyone who has ever read whitlock, knows he is to reporting, what tony mandarich is to football.

  5. LAMichael says:

    This was a completely worthless article. You have absolutely no idea what a thug is but, you still decide to use it. What makes Jovan Belcher a “thug”? The fact he shot someone? Don’t ordinary people lose it sometimes? What makes this man a thug? His skin color? The fact he went to college? We all know how thugs love school. Is it because he was an all American wrestler in high school? We all know in order to be a thug, you actually have to be in the streets. He was an all american wrestler and a stand out football player, how much time do you think he spent in the streets?
    And idiot, is it easier to kill someone with a gun or a hand? With a gun you don’t get that 2nd thought after pulling the trigger. You’re not running to a neighbor from a gun. You’re not going into the bathroom with the ability to lock the door and possibly call police with a gun. You sound like you have no touch with reality. What is wrong with the view of, if he didn’t have a gun, there would be no death or at least just one? He could’ve killed the woman with his hands but, I guarantee it would’ve taken longer and he may’ve had the ability to think and SEE what he was doing. With a gun, you don’t get that chance.
    My outcry is against you and those that think like you. You’re one of those little people that like to look at stuff inside a little box so, you can easily come up with an answer that makes you feel safe. Nothing about Jovan’s life says he was a thug. Everything says he was a man who couldn’t handle what was going on in his life and he snapped. I feel journalists should do their homework before writing.
    How long before we realize that guns make the decision to kill much easier and takes all 2nd thought out of the picture. If you can’t admit that this has “something” to do with this story then you are, in fact, blind and can’t see past the lil box you decide to stick your head into to make yourself feel like a safe lil baby with Mommy stroking your back.
    Now, let’s see if you have more heart than jason whitlock. And so you know, I can’t stand that bastard either.

    • J says:

      No, killing a defenseless woman and leaving an orphan makes him a thug. In fact, why don’t you do yourself a favour and look up thug in the dictionary. Then try to say to say that Belcher wasn’t a thugh.

      You can try to make this about race if you want. Belcher was a thug and I don’t give a crap how many old ladies he helped across the street in high school.

      Guns don’t make the decision to kill easier. That’s putting the cart before the horse. It’s not like you look at a knife and decide whether to kill someone or make a sandwich with it. I doubt that Belcher woke up that morning, looked at the gun and thought, “Hmmm… should I go to the range today or murder the mother of my child and then off my self in front of the GM and coach?”

      Also, your attempt to make murder a binary decision of hand or gun is full of fail.

      Sorry, scratch that, your post is full of fail.

  6. LAMichael says:

    I live in South Central LA and I am for gun control laws. One doesn’t have to live a coddled life to see guns make killing easy. I agree with Costas.

    • Cole says:

      LAMichael proves Bob’s “Oil and Vinegar” post from last week. A free society cannot mutually coexist with people like LAMichael who would willingly be slaves. How does a free society survive when so many are eager to hand over their God-given rights out of fear and stupidity? And how do those who won’t surrender live alongside them? Slaves and free men don’t mix well. A serf to the new aristocracy will never understand what we see in liberty. Better to numb the soul with bread and circuses in their opinion. As Bob said, “They are simply two fragmented solutions forced to coincide by circumstance. They will separate. They are too dissimilar to remain together.”

    • AFIraqVet says:

      The fact that he murdered a woman who he supposedly loved makes him a thug, genius.

      Look around you next time you go out the door. That’s what gun control laws get you. Why don’t you start going door to door at all the gangbanger’s houses and inform them that the guns they have are all illegal? California has had really strict gun control for decades now, and what has it accomplished?

  7. Capt_Gregg says:

    Whitlock used to be a sportswriter her in KC for the Kansas City Star. His columns were so frequently focused on what he perceived to be racism that this new rant comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with his mindset.

    I noticed that there was no mention of Belcher’s history of multiple concussions, problems with alcohol and prescription drug abuse and that his girlfriend was fed up and leaving him.

    Pro athletes seem to develop an attitude of “I’m rich and a hometown hero, so I can do whatever I want.” In the cases of KC Chiefs players who have run afoul of the law, this has too often proven to be true. Few seem to suffer any significant repercussions for their actions.

  8. rumcrook says:

    from ace of spades

    Caller To Sports Show Claims Jovan Belcher Was An Evil Bully and Thug At 12 Years Old

    “This kid was bad news.”

    Gun culture?

    [Update – Andy]: But wait, there’s more …

    Angry about woman, Jovan Belcher punched out window, gashed hand in 2006 UMaine incident

    (via Slublog)

  9. SouthernRoots says:

    Hands are responsible for more deaths than hand guns. Ban hands. Cut them all off.

    After all, hands are almost always used in committing murder or suicide. They hold the gun and pull the trigger. They hold the knife, stick, rock, bat, fireplace poker, and steering wheel. The form the fist and are at the end of fatal shoves.

    If it weren’t for hands, all of these inanimate objects would just lay there, harming no one, unless they tripped over them.

    Stop the witch hunt against misused tools and go after the common denominator – the hands.

  10. Cole says:

    The simple fact Bob Costas will never admit… if Belcher’s girlfriend had a gun she’d probably be alive. What other tool would even her odds against a roided-out football player?

  11. david7134 says:

    Now it turns out the the guy had a head injury the week before the shooting. So lets ban football.

  12. Dave-O says:

    We should ban all subway trains too – since, in Bob Costas’ analogy – if there were no subway trains, this poor man would undoubtedly be alive today:

  13. Ann jeffcoat says:

    I think he should have given his thoughts not only to the t.v. Viewers but to the fans at Cowboy Stadium. I think the Texans sitting in their seats would have been very interested in his comments.