NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas took to the radio airwaves Monday to defend his halftime commentary blasting the Washington Redskins nickname.
On the Dan Patrick radio show, Costas said he hadn't received as many comments for his commentary, in which he called the Redskins name "an insult, a slur," as he had when he called for gun-control measures following Kansas City Chief's player Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide.
"Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed toward African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, or members of any other ethnic group," said Bob Costas during a halftime commentary of the team's Sunday Night Football match up. "When considered that way, 'Redskins' can't possibly honor a heritage, or noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. It's an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent."
He told Patrick he felt the comments made his stance clear, and deflected claims he was using the show to push social causes.
"This is so obvious. No, it's a football issue. It's right there. It's a football issue," he told Patrick. "You guys talked about it on the pregame show, to some extent."
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