NBC sportscaster Bob Costas on Tuesday sought to clarify the editorial he read at halftime of Sunday night's NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. Those remarks, made in the wake of the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, sparked controversy among many on the right.
Appearing on MSNBC, Costas reminded viewers that he was quoting "one aspect" of a piece by sportswriter Jason Whitlock, who wrote that Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins would still be alive if the troubled football player didn't possess a gun. Costas acknowledged that other factors were involved in the murder-suicide but he chose to mainly focus on America's "gun culture" due to time constraints.
"I do not think that's the only aspect, or possible aspect. There's clearly a domestic violence aspect, there's clearly the question -- as I alluded to in a general way -- of what effect playing football, which we know has debilitating effects on mind and body at least for some, what effect that might have had," Costas told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell. "What effect alcohol and drugs might have had. And then another aspect of that is easy access to guns and a gun culture, and it was that aspect, the gun culture, that I focused on, not to the exclusion of the others but just because I didn't have all that much time."