Costas gun control commentary gets notice

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Associated Press

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 11:30 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Coasts' "Sunday Night Football" halftime commentary supporting gun control is sparking quite a debate.

Whether or not NBC should fire him has been a hot topic on Fox News Channel and there's been a Twitter storm involving Ted Nugent, Rosie O'Donnell, Herman Cain and many more.

Addressing the weekend's murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Costas said, "If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkiins would both be alive today.

That sparked Herman Cain, the former GOP presidential candidate, to tweet, "You tune in for a football game and end up listening to Bob Costas spewing sanctimonious dreck."

On Fox's morning show "Fox & Friends, the hosts read letters from viewers criticizing Costas' stance.

Rock star and gun advocate Nugent tweeted, "Hey Bob Costas we all kno (sic) that obesity is a direct result of the proliferation of spoons and forks. Get a clue."

Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, however, tweeted "way to go, Bob Costas."

There's been no immediate comment from NBC Sports or from Costas.

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APPHOTO NYET147: FILE - This Nov. 17, 2010 file photo shows sports commentator Bob Costas at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 2010 Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner at Pier Sixty in New York. Costas' "Sunday Night Football" halftime commentary supporting gun control sparked a Fox News Channel debate Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, on whether NBC should fire him. The NBC sportscaster, who frequently delivers commentary at halftime of the weekly NFL showcase, addressed the weekend's murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file) (19 Nov 2010)

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