December 17, 2012

The late Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher (Kathy Willens / The Associated Press)

A few weeks ago, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas railed against U.S. “gun culture” during halftime of a “Sunday Night Football” broadcast. His editorializing came after Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher’s shot his girlfriend to death and then committed suicide in front of his head coach. Guns don’t enhance safety, Costas protested, as he quoted an opinion piece on FoxSports.com.

Then he got slammed, from all sides.

Now Newtown.

That would be a question for Costas himself. Following an inquiry, Costas’s business manager replied that the NBC star “is not adding any additional comments at this time.” Sounds consistent with what Costas said one week ago, during the last stop of his post-Belcher media tour: “It wasn’t my intent to become a spokesperson in any way for this issue,” he told CNN’s Piers Morgan.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.