ESPNs Michael Wilbon Gives Bob Costas a Standing and Loud Ovation for His Stance on Gun Control

DETROIT – FEBRUARY 3: Sports writers Michael Wilbon and J.A. Adande (R) arrive for the ESPN The Magazine Next Party during Super Bowl XL weekend February 3, 2006 at the Colony Club in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

During ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” co-host Michael Wilbon verbally gave NBC Sports’ Bob Costas “a standing and loud ovation” for his stance on gun control.

Costas used his platform during Sunday Night Football to lecture his audience about his views on gun control following the shocking murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Costas read from sports columnist Jason Whitlock’s column in which he advocates for stronger gun control and suggests that no one would have died if there wasn’t a gun involved.

“Bob Costas, I want to give a standing and loud ovation to Bob Costas for his stance on gun control,” Wilbon said.

“And I don’t care who is watching this show and angry at me for bringing this up. Because there is too much happy talk around sports and this is not a happy issue,” he added. “I want to applaud Jason Whitlock for his stance and Bob Costas for repeating it and bravo to them for doing so.”

Wilbon’s co-host Tony Kornheiser avoided taking sides on the gun control debate and got right back into the initial question regarding whether the Kansas City Chiefs should’ve played their Sunday game following Belcher’s death.

Watch the clip below via ESPN: