NBC sportscaster Bob Costas lashed out at CBS during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show,” ripping into the network for failing to acknowledge "Augusta’s history of racism and sexism" during its Masters coverage, reports Deadspin.
"What no CBS commentator has ever alluded to, even in passing, even during a rain delay, even when there was time to do so, is Augusta’s history of racism and sexism,” Costas said on the show. “Even when people were protesting just outside the grounds — forget about taking a side — never acknowledging it. So not only will I never work the Masters because I’m not at CBS, but I’d have to say something and then I would be ejected."
While Costas didn’t refer to CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz by name, he seemed to indicate he feels Nantz should have taken a stand, Deadspin reports.
"I think someone should [have] had the guts to do it along the way,” Costas said. “Broadcaster, executive, somebody should have said to someone at Augusta, ‘Look, this is an issue. And this is not “Nightline” or “Meet the Press” — we understand that. But this is an issue. And it’s an elephant in the room. And we’re going to address it as concisely as we can but we’re going to address it so our heads are not in the collective sand trap.’”