It’s the second Saturday in a row where a tragedy involving an NFL player rears its ugly head.
Last week, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend, in front of his own mother, before making what would be his final trip to Arrowhead Stadium, where he would turn a gun on himself, in front of Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.
Some broadcast outlets, particularly those that have NFL rights, treated the story with justice on their air the Sunday after.
One of them, NBC, decided to let Bob Costas get on his soapbox during halftime of the Sunday night matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys to talk about gun control in the wake of the Belcher incident.
And now, on the ensuing Saturday comes another devastating report from the city where Bob Costas was just this past weekend.
Cowboys defensive rackle Josh Brent was being held in an Irving, Texas jail on charges of intoxication manslaughter. That is different from a simple DUI, which Brent actually was charged with a few years ago.
Anyway, the tragic news stemming from this report is that a Cowboys practice squad player, Jerry Brown, became a casualty of Brent’s drunken doings. Brown, who most recently played for the San Antonio Talons AFL team, was just 25 years old.
So naturally, after yet another dose of bad news involving an NFL player on a Saturday, many people were expecting Costas to stir the pot during halftime of “Sunday Night Football” for the second week in a row. This week, the Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions – but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a ratings uptick in the middle of the “SNF” broadcast.
Here’s a sample of what people were saying on Twitter – I’m surprised “Bob Costas” wasn’t trending.