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NBC Sports’ Bob Costas used his halftime segment during last night’s Eagles-Cowboys game to advocate for gun control following the murder-suicide of Jovan Belcher.

The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker killed himself and girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, shocking the NFL world Saturday. Costas weighed in on the tragedy Sunday:

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In a segment about 90 seconds long, Costas began by mocking the sports cliche about how "this really puts it all in perspective," then became even more pointed.

He paraphrased and quoted extensively from a piece by Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock:


”In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe."

"If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

The online reaction to Costas’ segment was swift, with many people criticizing the longtime broadcaster for expressing his personal views on a program meant for entertainment.

Others praised him for taking a strong stand on the controversial issue and for refusing to gloss over Jovan Belcher’s death with lip service and empty platitudes.

What do you think of Costas’ comments on gun control?