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Video: Bob Costas' Remarks About Gun Control on NBC Spark Debate NY Times, AP, MRC TV, Fox Sports

Bob Costas sparked a debate Sunday night when he spoke in favor of gun control during halftime of the Cowboys-Eagles game, reports The New York Times.

His comments came after Saturday's murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker Jovan Belcher, who allegedly fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend before shooting himself.

According to the Associated Press, Costas paraphrased and quoted extensively from a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock.

"In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions and their possible connection 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," Costas said.

Many people took to the Internet to criticize the broadcaster for expressing his personal views on a program aimed at entertainment, the AP notes.

Here’s a video clip of Costas’ on-air comments: