#FireCostas: Backlash over Bob Costas anti-gun rant, double standards erupts

As Twitchy reported, Bob Costas hijacked Sunday Night Football with a sanctimonious anti-gun lecture. The reaction was, of course, fast and furious. It continues today.

Indeed. Twitter users are still livid and backlash is erupting. First, #CostasLogic brings the funny.

Heh. But the backlash has grown. Now some Twitter users are calling for Costas to be fired, and are highlighting the double standard.

The hashtag #FireCostas has taken off.


The hashtag is still going strong. Will NBC respond? Will Costas try to backpedal? Stay tuned.

Update: And #NBCFail is also emerging again.


Gun rights supporters to Costas: What about Casper, Wyo., bow-and-arrow killings?

Twitter users explore #WhatBobCostasBelieves

Bob Costas hijacks Sunday Night Football to give anti-gun lecture

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Miller/100000185921870 David Miller

    Ban Forks and Spoons they cause obesity

    • ceemack

      Don’t forget the “spork”.

      • WORSEKarma

        …Or, more historically-accurate: The Runcible Spoon. Yep, that’s what they’re talking about in “The Owl and The Pussycat”… A spork. You have now learned your fact for today. You’re welcome.

        • $23988033

          I never bothered to look that up…thanks

      • Thotman

        you do realize that the spork is evidence of evolution…

    • rennyangel2

      Ban ropes, pills, fists, bridges, all drugs, ex-lovers, sticks, rocks, bath tubs, swimming pools, and the ocean. For starters. I am sure lefty loons will come up with more.

      • Shawn Smith

        We shouldn’t joke about knife control. They have it in the U.K. God knows you can’t trust ordinary people with sharp instruments. All power must belong to the ever-benevolent government.

        • rennyangel2

          I had knives o n a previous list. Yes, and I forgot to ban teeth, fingernail s, spit, and tree limbs.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ben.welch.102 Ben Welch

        Also those darn bridges that people jump off, and what about the cuddly pillow?

        • rennyangel2

          Yes, and I have since added teeth, fingernails, feet, tree limbs, and never forget shoe laces and pillow cases.

          • walterc

            Don’t forget subway trains.

          • rennyangel2

            Ah, yes, trains, planes, buses, subways, automobiles, carbon monoxide (I already added gas ovens), fire, fingernail clippers (they are seized at airports), screw drivers, scissors, razors, box cutters, chloroform, and any anesthesia.

    • EOD

      One of my all time favorite exchanges from Archie Bunker…

      Gloria: Daddy, did you know that sixty percent of the people murdered in this country in the last ten years were killed by guns?

      Archie: Would it make you feel any better, little girl, if they was pushed out of windows?

  • Peyton

    Well according to Obama, Costas didn’t build this controversy.

  • Jim Hyatt

    The hashtag is still going strong. Will NBC respond? Will Costas try to backpedal. Answers: No. No.

  • daveachicagoareajamerican

    Bob’s originally from St. Louis. Wonder how he’d feel about guns if he went, unarmed, across the river to E. St. Louis late one evening?

    • Dale P. Powell

      I’m from E St Louis and no way would I ever return to that cesspool.

  • Tanker74

    How many people have died of boredom listening to Costas’s attempts at waxing eloquent? Hmmmmm? Ban him! Now!

    • peteee363

      how many have used thier shoe strings to hang themself, rather then listen to him? this is why they let prisoners keep any gun they may have in thier cell, but they take the shoe strings, so they can’t hang themself.

  • W Randall

    It’s the company message at NBC, do you think they will really do anything? Probably patting him on the back for it.

    • Blondie

      He was probably ordered to spew that garbage. They are gearing up to help Obama when he signs U.N. treaty and gives up our rights as a sovereign nation. Will there never be an end to Obama’s attempt to circumvent the constitution?

  • Don


    So can we expect a rant over assault knives tonight?

    • lainer51

      and Oldsmobiles like Uncle Teddy Kennedy was driving July 18, 1969… (look it up)

      • peteee363

        he was just reacting to maryjo’s statement. she might have said she was pregnant. so he told her, we will cross that bridge when we get there. teddy never did get over that bridge!

      • Finrod Felagund

        Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.

    • Shawn Smith

      Don’t laugh. In England “knife crime” is a real thing. God knows we can’t allow private citizens to have any power to defend themselves. All power must be reserved for the eternally benevolent government.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Castrataro/1306625092 Anthony Castrataro

    I like Bob, but he should stick to his field of expertise – sports.

  • Frank Monsalve

    I bet he has a bodyguard that carries a gun.

    • SpinMeNot

      You had to go there … I have this image of Costas in a dark room of his house begging his body guard to let him hold …


  • Don

    Costas will say his rant was a spontaneous reaction to an obscure movie that nobody has seen. Then an Obama accomplice will swear to it. Wait for it.

    • Elke E. Wilhelm

      lol That’s funny, Don!

    • SpinMeNot


    • beastdogs8

      Liberals call for gun control has never been about stopping or controlling crime, any one foolish enough to believe the liberals push for gun controls and gun bans has anything about stopping and controlling crime and/or violence then I have a bridge to sell you, as well as a heard of unicorn that poop solid gold coins, I am looking to unload real cheap. The liberals push for gun control and gun bans is all about their lust for power, and to have total control over peoples lives, a disarmed populous would make it must easier for the left force their socialism down our throats, because we the people will have no means to resist.

  • jdsilvis

    OJ didn’t need a gun, neither did Charles Manson or the OK City bomber.

    • WORSEKarma

      Leave us not forget the BTK killer, Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, etc…

    • SpinMeNot


      Turns out its easy to kill people without guns … who’d have thunk? Well, lets see the peasants of feudal japan … gave us all sorts of fancy weapons. The Samurai would not let them have any, so they modified their tools, farm and otherwise into weapons that turn out to be surprisingly effective.

      Bottom line — Criminals and Tyrants love unarmed populations. Unarmed populations are subjects, not citizens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lshepherd910 Linda S Shepherd

    Fire Costas like they fire Hank, Jr

  • http://twitter.com/earlofsnoh earlofsnoh

    Firing Costas because he used his freedom of speech rights is not the answer…disagree with him and stay out of the left wing media gotcha mentality.

    • medicinewomantwo

      His boss needs to bring him in and ask exactly which job he wants anti gun lobbyist or sports commentator but you can’t be both………….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

      How about some equal application? Ever hear of that or do you not know discrimination when you see or hear it?!

      • Blondie

        How do you get equal application from a Soros-owned media operation?

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

          There are ways. What he is advocating is not fighting at all. Can’t win if you don’t show up to play.

    • WORSEKarma

      They fired Hank Williams because he exercised his. If they don’t fire “Bumblin’ Bob” it’s a double standard and discrimination, and has nothing to do with any “first amendment” straw man argument, chuckles.

  • Luquita Fowler

    Bob Costas: Do you have a Psychology degree that we do not know about? To say that without the gun Belcher & his girlfriend would still be alive is a false & misleading conclusion. No way you can truthfully say that. Stick to “shooting off your mouth” about statistics and play-by-play action…opinions that we don’t pay much attention to, but within your realm of so-called expertise.

    • Jack Deth

      Bob Costas does not have a Psychology degree, but spends lots of nights at Holiday Inn Express! 😉

  • Steve_J

    If his girlfriend had had a gun perhaps there would only be one dead.

  • [email protected]

    I agree on the gun issues in the USA. He did not say anything wrong

    • ForTheRepublic

      Word of advice: If you’re going to troll (or attempt to) here, don’t make it so painfully obvious that’s all you intend to do by using your e-mail as a username. Seriously.

    • SpinMeNot

      My extensive collection of rifles, shotguns and handguns have killed far fewer people than say cars driven by members of the Kennedy family.

      He did say something wrong, he ruined a perfectly good game .. had to turn it off I was so angry. Fortunately the wife made me a foam-rubber brick to throw at the T.V. for just such an emergency …

      • BeautifulAmerica

        LOL! Great idea! Send one to NBC producer with a nice little note.

  • Brad Donald

    Bob is the guy that tried to hide audio that made it clear that Sandusky was a pedophile rapist. This is the nature of the man named costas. Hate guns and loves pedophiles that rape young boys if they coach football.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      UGH! Horrified. Thanks for the reminder.

  • spooninleadstoforkin

    Ban spooning, it leads to forking.

    • Brad Smith


  • calmo

    Liberals have abandoned all ethics, professional standards, and rationality in dominating every bit of the media with their personal liberal politics. They deserve absolutely ZERO respect.

    • Blondie

      Perfectly said. Which came first? Did they always hate America or did they just become America-haters after they fell in love with Obama?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/44F4AB4VSCTOCHBMBG4ZWWD5OU Laurel

        They became America haters when two things happened. 1) they were told it was humble to defecate in their own bed. 2) it became profitable.

      • WORSEKarma

        Correction: After they converted to Obamism.

  • t. carlson

    short people always have somrthing to sAY

    • peteee363

      you requested it, here it is randy newman, short people from 1978. a politically incorrect time, with politically incorrect movies and songs, remember blazing saddles? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NvgLkuEtkA

    • lainer51

      If Robert Reich had a son………………just sayin

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjcitro Paul J. Citro

    You can thank Obummer for empowering these morons, who now think they have the upper hand.

    • lainer51

      or worse yet, the people that voted Obummer back in!!

  • George Schadel

    Yes we all want to see Costas fired. Truth?? It won’t happen, so we must all stand together and not watch ANY broadcast that he is involved in no matter how bad we want to see it.

    • Blondie

      He won’t be fired and quite possibly was given a script and told what to say. Just pushing for Obama/u.n. treaty.

    • Guest


  • Mike Nelson

    NBC doesn’t care. Boycott SNF sponsers on NBC and then they will care because it will hit them in the wallet.

    • peteee363

      just cancel your comcast cable, they own nbc. so paying comcast still pays his salary, along with al sharpton’s!

      • http://www.facebook.com/oscar.furter Oscar Furter

        Great Idea

  • Larry

    Fire the guy and Ban him from any future reporting on any sport.

  • Babydoll

    I say if he didn’t have a gun he would have gotten a knife or even strangled her….wake up costas if someone is hell-bent on killing it does not mater if they have a gun or not…guns don’t kill, people do!!

    • Blondie

      I think his mom and dad should have taught him THOU SHALT NOT KILL. Maybe that would have helped, huh?

  • Jack Deth


    Contemplating how Bob Costas’ scalp would look dangling from my Lodge Pole.

    • YeahWeWill

      A bad toupee looks bad no matter where it is dangling.

  • dC

    Costas is a racist obviously… Hey Bob… How was Nicole Brown Simpson murdered! You need to be fired.

  • mwells

    Bob Costas needs to stick to late night Olympics when no one is watching

    • $23988033

      No, even that is too good for him and his hair piece.

  • http://twitter.com/Geotwidget Heath Farmer

    Bob Costas double standard! Of Course, he’s a lefty. #FireCostas or #BringBackHank and #BringbackRush

  • http://twitter.com/texasreaper James Gibson

    Bob just parrots what NBC believes. NBC should sign off the air. That would
    take care of Bob for awhile.

  • Guest

    NBC is not going to fire the wussie Costas. We the people need to take manners into our own hands. Do not watch Sunday Night Football, in fact do not watch NBC at all.

    • Lee Barrows

      I have not watched any nbc or msnbc or cbs or abc since Obama was elected tthe first time if more did the same we would not have such a corrupt media. but to many people want to watch their garbage instead of living by their morals.

      • Vennoye

        Understand, I quit watching any of them during 2008 election. Their slobbering devotion made the sick then……..nothing has changed. They all cannot go broke soon enough to suit me.

    • $23988033

      Yes !!!!!! Boycott MSM and Hollywood…UAW…Public Schools…..and Blue States

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Flood NBC with calls and emails.

      • THEyardpilot

        Yup, and do not forget the sponsors. That’s where the most good can be done.

  • Dan

    Pass on to everyone you know….let’s start a nationwide boycott of any broadcast that Costas is a part of. NBC doesn’t care what you think, but they do care about ratings.

  • $9787932

    If HANK WILLIAMS can be fired for voicing his political opinion, then by using the same standards, Costas is gone. But, they won’t . .no nutz . . . .

  • Blondie

    Costas was probably given a script to read and was following orders. Obama is trying to sign a gun treaty with the U.N. Signing it means we give up our rights as a sovereign nation. The anti-American Obama media is in favor of that. Better get prepared to lose all your rights because Obama has never met a U.N. treaty he didn’t like.

  • Charlie Myers

    Ban political posturing during sports games by commentators. Bob Costas should go!

  • Thom Harris

    Didn’t see the rant. Stopped watching NBC Football when they had Keith Olberasshole on it. Haven’t gone back, no matter who is playing.

  • BigTBoom

    Costas won’t even make prime time national news on NBC tonight. He preached for them, they agree and will move along ignoring it.

  • RK

    Lets ban trees, cars, planes, forks, spoons, pens, etc. Heck, lets just ban death. These people like Costas (& NBC too) are so transparent, it is pathetic.

    • SpinMeNot

      The leading cause of death is being alive. The root cause of death is life … hrmm, why am I craving green crackers …

  • John

    They are not going to fire him, they are to liver lilly to take a stand.

  • Tom Sawyer

    I lost all respect for Bob Costas. He should be fired. Hold him to the same standard as the others who spouted off.

  • http://twitter.com/mtcharger53 mtcharger

    #BobCostas & @whitlockjason just think if cocaine was illegal how few cokeheads we would have running around….oh wait….#fireCostas

  • kate_middleton

    OMG, stupid Bob Beckel on The Five said that no one should be allowed to own a handgun – only rifles for hunting and you can use that for protection if needed. The stupidity hurts on this one.
    1. Does he think you can’t kill someone with a rifle?
    2. Dana Perino said it’s a waste of time to talk about “if no one had hanguns, etc” because that won’t happen since people already have them. Beckel said “Well, polio used to exist but we did away with it”.
    WTF? The stupidity…it hurts.

    • Jack Deth

      Hi, kate:

      The stupidity of the Left is long ranging, rampant and very deep seated.

      Back when the US Embassy was taken in Iran under Carter. Then Col. Charles Beckwith, the grandfather of the Army’s Delta Force went to the White House to explain his proposed rescue plan.

      Carter and then Sec State, Warren Christopher were in attendance. When Beckwith described how his men would ‘Double Tap’ the hostage takers. With “One in the head. One in the chest!”, Christopher recoiled quite visibly and asked

      “Can’t you just shoot the guns out of their hands?!”

      And people wonder why this micro-managed rescue operation ended in failure?

      • kate_middleton

        Beckel usually says some dumb things….but comparing erradicating guns to erradicating polio has to take the cake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-McKenna/1501804144 Christopher McKenna

    I don’t ask Antonin Scalia to report on sports, simili modo, I don’t
    need Bob Costas to pontificate on constitutional law. He’s barely bright
    enough to do sports, let alone important things.

  • RightThinking1

    O.J. managed to kill two people without a handgun. Then there is Carruth of the Panthers. Heck, he just hired a hit man: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/12/22/sports/pro-football-murder-of-carruth-s-girlfriend-detailed.html
    Costas is an idiot, but then, liberals are always in denial that there IS such a thing as human nature.

  • Guest

    Boycott NBC altogether. I haven’t watched since they “edited” Trayvon Martin tapes. This channel cannot survive on looney libs alone. It’s time to take a stand!!! TURN THE CHANNEL!!! Don’t give these nutcases a forum. Ask the Today Show if you think boycotts don’t work. They do!!!!

  • Doyan Stokes

    Costas is just another NBC lab rat that was programed and then released. Poor little Bobby probably had no idea what he said until he watched the replay in shock.

    If you are really fed up quit watching NBC. They have an entire laboratory full of Bob Costas’s so getting rid of little Bobby is an exercise in futility.

  • Guest

    isolation, substance abuse, and serious
    mental illness are the highest causes of suicide. Guns do not cause suicide. They are only an instrument to commit the act. So if all instruments of suicide are banned then the list should include rope, cord, detergent, snakes, scorpions, spiders, gases, anesthetics, bridges, cars, sleeping pills, drugs, medications (legal and illegal), tall buildings, cliffs, scarves, window bars, wire, shoelaces, socks, belts, household chemicals, antifreeze, rubbing alcohol, mace, forks, bolts, paper clips, needles, razors, dams, planes, cold temperatures, knives, glass, pesticides, trains, explosives, fire, electricity, oceans, lakes, rivers, plastic bags, bathtubs, and trucks. Everything on this list has been used to successfully commit suicide.

  • lainer51

    Ban spandex – I “almost” die everytime I see men running in them.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Oh really? Shucks…to heck with fashion; I like it !

  • mysty Blue

    No doubt about it… we WANT COSTAS FIRED FOR AIRING HIS OWN POLITICAL OPINIONS! just do the sports. That is NOT your private microphone to air your un-American statements on. Even the federal government has the hatch act and these shows need something like it. The 2nd Amendment is part of the constitution, and you can BET, if they try to get rid of it, they may find out the REAL American people WILL PROTECT IT!—- LOCK—STOCK— BARREL AND AMMO!!! Open the gun safes, and lock and load. You know, they have GREAT firing ranges at the Bass Pro Shops.. go practice TODAY!!!!! Learn to NEVER MISS.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Bob, Piers, and Co. have a reality problem. The 2010 census reports that “between 39% and 50% of US households having at least one gun (that’s
    about 43-55 million households). The estimates for the number of privately
    owned guns range from 190 million to 300 million. Removed those that skew the
    stats for their own purposes the best estimates are about 45% or 52 million of
    American households owning 260 million guns).”

    In light of that data, my question to the anti-gun crowd is, if possession of a gun naturally equates to its deadly use, why don’t we have 260-300 millions gun-related deaths every year? Could it be that the ownership of a gun doesn’t make a person a killer? Is there some other factor at play here? Oh, no!!!!! Could it be that “guns don’t kill people; people kill people”?????

    Bottom line is that dumbass overpaid lunatic football player was going to kill his girlfriend. If he didn’t have a gun, he’d have done it with a knife, an ice pick, an axe, a poison, an “anything” that would get the job done. Nicole Brown Simpson is no less dead because OJ (another dumbass lunatic football player!) slit her throat with a knife.

    Get over yourselves and get off your sanctimonious, leftist soapbox.

    Your takeaway: 52 million households can’t be wrong. You are.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    BTW: Medical evidence now suggests that approximately 85% of concussions in football lead to permanent brain damage. Don’t you think it’s time we begin discussing how to bring about an end to this barbaric and debilitating activity?

    • BeeKaaay

      Speaking of barbaric activity – abortion should be brought to an end too.

  • BeeKaaay

    Bob Costas is a leftwingwacko. So he has an uncontrollable need to impose his beliefs on others.

  • rennyangel2

    Fire the SOB.

  • rennyangel2

    Yes, fire Costas. Pretend he is some Rep. pundit.

  • Brad Smith

    DEAR ADVERTISERS: I won’t be boycotting NBC over Costas… in fact, I’ll be watching NBC, to see which of you still advertise on there… and I will NOT buy any of your products if you advertise on NBC until Costas is gone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/oscar.furter Oscar Furter

    If guns are banned – what will Obama smuggle into Mexico? Come on Bob, be a little faster on the draw or your fan base will be furious. Maybe we could just redistribute the guns. If the girlfriend had the gun maybe she would still be alive.

  • Robert Howell

    Bob Costas’ statment wasn’t for gun control,… IT WAS FOR GUN CONFISCATION!

  • [email protected]

    Just think if Henry Ford never perfected mass-production how many people would still be alive today!

  • Barbara

    The Zombie Apocalypse has begun, The Media is infected!!!!

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Infected, Yes. But with the lust for Power.

  • Guest

    People this is just the beginning. Boycott NBC now!!! If this slides by that’s it. There is nothing they can’t get away with.

  • Semper Fi

    Bob Cockstas = Douche

    • BeautifulAmerica

      We agree with the sentiment, but object to your word choice. Let’s keep our standards high, OK?

  • Citizen0000

    if only the stadium had a big sign, like the one pizza places will have to post for calories, that said “no guns” This wouldn’t have happened.

    Let’s ignore head injuries and mental health. I was surprised the MSM didn’t try to associate Belcher as a Tea Party member like they did Loughner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.simmons Dennis Simmons II

    Bob Costas just another liberal discounected from reality, my sister was violently murdered a gun was never used, Guns don’t kill people people kill people and if someone want you dead they will find a way to make it happen. I don’t watch football for liberal left wing views. Hank Williams JR was fired for his views maybe Bob should be fired also.

  • http://twitter.com/doktorb Líam

    Republicans wanting to sack someone for not having their political views?

    What a dangerous and ugly echo from history that is.

  • Seewetoldu

    Costas will probably receive a presidential award now. Fire Costas,,I don’t want to hear his opinion of gun control while I’m trying to watch a football game. Or any other time for that matter.

  • $29520529

    So now we know the player was coming off a drunken bing! So ban alcohol! Let’s hear that rant Bob, oh yes tat would take real courage, since it would tick off your sponsors.

  • $24698634

    I saw Costas’ commentary and don’t understand what the fuss is about. He does commentary every week. This week happened to be about gun violence in our society, and pro football in this case. There was no personal attack as there was in the cases of Rush (black QB’s, i.e. McNabb) and Williams (Obama). I didn’t hear any calls for gun control or attacks on the 2nd amendment.

  • Shawn Smith

    I’m still annoyed about Hank Williams being fired. If you listen to what he actually said, he didn’t compare *anyone* to Hitler. The point of his statement was the fundamental incompatibility of the two people in negotiation. But asking for reason and context from Obama’s rabid defenders is futile.

  • larry

    no monday night football for me until costas is fired, I,ve been watching for 30 years, done

  • Frederick Weaver

    Breitbart.com recently broke this news
    “Bob Costas, NFL Surrounded by Armed Security”


    There is a word to describe Costas, and it is spelled H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E.

    And he’s actually baffled so many Americans are calling for his head.

  • Robert Waggoner

    I am through with Costas… As a professional he should know better than to make such dumb remarks … If he Stuck with sports he’d been fine he ventured off like Limbaugh did about black QBs on ESPN and lost me as a fan too… Stick to what you know …keep you political opinions, unless your a political commentator, however stupid they are to yourselves ! If you did like Limbaugh and start talking about something he had little or no knowledge about, like Black QB’s, then he should have kept that crap to himself…Only problem is, Limbaugh LOST his ESPN job…Costas wont as NBC is the biggest anti 2nd amendment network in the nation…

  • proudhispanicconservative

    What surgically enhanced idiot, its funny when these people get out of their areas of expertise you find out just how stupid they really are, the hobbit didnt even make his own quote, he had to resort to reading someone else’s.

  • JoH113

    I almost wish I still watched NBC so I could boycott it again.

  • regmgr

    Once a leftist always a leftist. This idiot is too dumb to understand constitutional rights. When did anyone really ask this loser for his political views anyway.

  • regmgr

    Once a leftist always a leftist. This idiot is too dumb to understand constitutional rights. When did anyone really ask this loser for his political views anyway.

  • Foxxman

    Just to be clear, I am a big believer in the 2nd Amendment, and while I support the 1st Amendment as well…there IS a time and place.

    I was impressed last night when Bob Costas jumped into the middle of the no-spin zone with Bill O’Reilly to address the uproar over his Sunday Night Football “lecture.” It showed a lot of courage and strength of conviction. He fully owned it, but also spoke to the inappropriate venue for his remarks.

    While I still disagree with his sentiments on guns, I think he made up a lot of lost ground. My respect for his skills as a sports journalist remains. He said there was a need for a much larger discussion about the culture of violence that is so pervasive in professional football. I think I would like to see that discussion.

    But NOT on Sunday Night Football.