Three remarkable events took place in football during the first week of December, 2012:
In what can only be described as a tragic turn of events, on the morning of Saturday, December 1st, Jovan Belcher, linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, shot and killed his girlfriend in their home then drove to Arrowhead stadium and committed suicide in front of several Kansas City Chiefs staff members.
- Only hours after the tradgedy, the Cheifs posted the following statement on their website:
After discussions between the league office, Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play tomorrow's game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time.In other words, the show must go on, or as one player put it, "It's about the money"
- Bob Costas, during halftime of his Sunday Night broadcast, delivered the following commentary:
"Well, you know that it was coming. In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichÃ©s was heard yet again: Something like this really puts it all in perspective.
Well, if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games. 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.You want some actual perspective on this? Well, a bit of it comes from a Kansas City based-writer Jason Whitlock with whom I do not always agree but who today said it so well today that we may as well as quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.
'Our current gun culture,' Whitlock wrote, '... ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenaged boys bloody and dead. ...'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.'
In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions and their possible connections 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."
In response to Costas' comments, the Right Wing Noise machine went ballistic. The informationally challenged hosts of Fox and Friends were outraged, not at Belcher for participating in this unfortunate form of expression, not the NFL or the Chiefs for proceeding with the game, but at Costas for having the emancipated gual to even imagine that the instrument used to culminate these events should by any means be considred to have been a factor.
- The Doofus, Steve Doocy said: "Bob Costas actually used what happened in Kansas City as an excuse to call for gun control."
When people, unfortunately, want to kill other people, there's a lot of ways to do it. So, I don't know. Would the rage have come out in a different way? Would he have strangled her? I don't know if anybody knows, quite frankly, and that's always dangerous to kind of make personal predictions when you dont have all the facts, number one, and nobody will ever know whether or not he would have killed her with or without a gun.
People have a way of getting guns that want to get guns.... You have a way of getting them if they were illegal. Number two, is I don't know if it's appropriate on a Sunday night less than 24 hours after a guy took his own life and killed his girlfriend and the mother of his baby to make that stance. Although he was quoting another columnist in doing so, I don't think we really needed to hear that last night.
So in summary, in the fox and friends world, it's not dangerous to have a gun at your disposal when you're depressed, mentally unstable and angry, the real danger is assuming that if Belcher didn't have a gun, he would not have been able to kill Ms. Perkins and himself. And it that same world, we're not upset that a promising young athlete brought to an abrupt end, two lives and forever changed countless others, what we don't need to hear is Bob Costas blaming it on the gun.
Guns don't kill people, people kill people, but how many home run's would Babe Ruth have hit without a bat?