Bob Costas is being attacked for using his Sunday Night Football halftime segment to pontificate on gun control and Jovan Belcher, the NFL Kansas City Chiefs player who shot the mother of his baby before turning the gun on himself.
Quoting a column by sportswriter Jason Whitlock, Costas said, "''If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and [girlfriend] Kassandra Perkins would both be alive today.'"
Conservatives including former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre criticized Costas for mixing politics with sports.
"You tune in for a football game and end up listening to Bob Costas spewing sanctimonious dreck," Cain tweeted.
In a podcast on Monday, Jason Whitlock told Roland Martin of Roland Martin Reports, "I did not go as far as I'd like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America's gun culture."
"I believe the NRA is the new KKK," Whitlock said. "And that the arming of so many black youths, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people that obviously don't have our best interests."