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Bob Costas Addresses "SNF" Gun Control Comments; Knew He Would "Catch Grief"
Published December 4, 2012
SPORTS NOT IMMUNE FROM WORLD PROBLEMS: In N.Y., Bob Raissman writes Costas years ago "figured his audience had the depth and capacity to handle opinions on issues not entirely sports-related," including those "touching the world of sports, which is comprised of everyday people." That is "totally lost on those now calling for Costas to be fired.” To call for his dismissal "by hiding behind the transparent argument that he should not have taken an advocacy stance during a football telecast is totally disingenuous.” Costas' critics would have “more credibility if they just came out and said Costas should be fired because he’s pro-gun control.” Raissman: “Would they rather have Costas try and bury the story like CBS’ ‘The NFL Today’ did?” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/4). ESPN’s Michael Wilbon said, "Sometimes things happen, no matter whether they happen in entertainment or sports, that lead to serious conversation, and if people can’t respect difference of opinion around that conversation, then we’ve got another additional problem” (“PTI,” ESPN, 12/3). But the NATIONAL REVIEW's Rich Lowry writes Costas is “an extraordinary and justly acclaimed broadcaster, who apparently hasn't spared a moment’s reflection to the long-running argument over guns in our society” (NATIONALREVIEW.com, 12/4).