On NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys battled it out. The Cowboys won, late in the game, keeping their playoff hopes alive. However, the biggest story of the night came at halftime, when Bob Costas commented on the Jovan Belcher suicide from Saturday morning.
On Saturday, Jovan Belcher, a Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, shot Kasandra Perkins 9 times, killing her. He then drove his Bentley to the Chiefs practice facility where he was met by head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli. They talked with him for a while and Jovan expressed his thankfulness to them for giving him a shot with the Chiefs, all the while holding a gun to his own head. As the police arrived, he pulled the trigger, ending his own life in front of Chiefs employees.
This is an absolutely tragic case, making Bob’s rant at halftime even more infuriating.
He makes a claim that “… If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”
This is a claim that isn’t true. It’s a blatant disregard for the core cause of these deaths. The cause of this domestic murder was anger. Jovan Belcher was going to kill Kasandra Perkins. Motives haven’t been released, but to claim that if a gun wasn’t owned, the murder wouldn’t happen… it’s just wrong. Belcher had the strength to choke her to death, snap her neck, find a blunt object and beat her to death, among other things…
To propose that this murder could have been prevented is just absurd, but what I take issue with is that Bob Costas used this tragic incident to promote his political views. These young people who lost their lives on Saturday morning were less than 48 hours deceased before Bob Costas went on that rant.
Too soon, Bob… too soon…