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Costas, Whitlock dismiss backlash against their ‘gun culture’ remarks

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Costas, Whitlock dismiss backlash against their ‘gun culture’ remarks

NBC’s Bob Costas on Monday appeared on Foxsports.com columnist Jason Whitlock‘s podcast, “Real Talk,” to explain why he advocated for gun control during the halftime show of the nationally televised Sunday night NFL game.

During the game, Costas quoted Whitlock’s editorial, which stated that former Kansas City chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend would still be alive if Jovan did not own a handgun. (RELATED: Chiefs player shoots girlfriend, then kills himself in front of coaches at Arrowhead Stadium)

“Had the incident not involved an NFL player, then no matter how important it may have been as a news item, it would not have been appropriate to bring it in there,” Costas said. “But that circumstance had been discussed, and in one way or another throughout the day on all the NFL programs and on our program.”

The NBC analyst said his remarks have been unfairly and hypocritically attacked by gun-rights advocates.

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