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Awesome commentary from Bob Costas under an hour ago at halftime of the Sunday Night Football game. I know most people will focus on his anti-gun quote of the Jason Whitlock article and I assume I’ll get some push-back on my Facebook or here on my blog on that – but I hope people can get the whole quote in context with Bob’s earlier comments critiquing the comments people make after tragedies connected with sports about how the tragedies put things into perspective. I wish I could get the exact quote here – it was brilliant. If I can find it later – I’ll post it here.
UPDATE: Thanks Mimi for finding this transcript of Bob’s commentary HERE. The best part before quoting the Whitlock article: “Please. Those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective.” Awesome! 🙂
My take-away from Bob’s commentary is that it’s so easy to just accept such violence as just a part of life and brush it off with an easy sentiment such as “this helps puts things in perspective”. But that can keep us from more proactively looking at the deeper issues of depression, domestic violence and gun-control.
(And I loved quarterback Brady Quinn’s quote too about the need for us to get away from getting so consumed by social media and our own worlds that we’re not attentive to the people around us.)
Here is the end of the Jason Whitlock article that Costas quoted some from:
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.