This past Saturday an incident happened that rocked the NFL. Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Jovan Belcher, shot and murdered his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before traveling to Arrowhead Stadium where he turned the gun on himself… ending his life in front of his coaches. NBC broadcaster Bob Costas spent no time exploiting this murder-suicide to push his anti-gun agenda, stating that if it weren’t for guns, Belcher and his girlfriend would both be alive today. Being that I have a football background, plenty of friends that have played in the NFL, two former teammates that are currently serving time for murder, I own a gun and I am a gun rights proponent… I thought this would be a good topic to write on.
First, the gory details:
I went to Royal High School in Simi Valley, CA. During my sophomore year, I was the starting free safety for the varsity football team. Our team’s strong safety, my partner in the backfield, was Jack Vian. Besides being a good athlete, he was devilishly good looking, eccentric, and very smart; however, two years after graduation, Jack found himself caught up in a love triangle while attending college in Houston, TX. He fell in love with a 26 year old stripper, Barbara Ann Dawson, but became a love-obsessed stalker when his love went unrequited.
On the morning of May 31, 1991, Jack became enraged when the object of his affection was outside her home with another young man, John Brennan Tyler. Jack stabbed John excessively in his chest and cut his throat. He then stabbed Barbara 13 times and told her he loved her before twice cutting her throat… almost decapitating the young woman. Being an English major at the University of Houston, Jack wrote an essay about the murders before he was quickly caught. After a failed wrist-cutting suicide attempt, Jack was sentenced to Life in Prison for Capital Murder and sent to the Texas Department of Corrections.
Several years later, while playing football at the University of Colorado, I had another teammate who would later kill his girlfriend and serve time for murder. He’s better known than Jack Vian because he has the distinction of being the first active NFL player ever charged with first-degree murder. Rae Carruth, a wide receiver out of Colorado, was a first-round NFL draft choice who played for the young expansion team, the Carolina Panthers.
While in college, it seemed that the vast majority of football players were either getting degrees in Sociology or in Communications. There were a handful of players who opted for other degrees… Our Rhodes Scholar, Jim Hansen, received a degree in Aerospace Engineering, Jeff Nabholz was studying Molecular Biology, and I was on my way to receiving a BA in English and a BFA in Film Production. One day Rae approached me in the academic and computer room of the Dal War Athletic Center and asked me about my courses in English. I asked why and he said that he has lots of ideas swirling around in his head and that one day he would like to write screenplays. I suggested that he take the road less traveled and avoid the Sociology/Communications trap and declare English as his major. A couple years later he graduated with a BA in English and a BA in Education.
Fast forward to November 15th, 1999 near Rae Carruth’s home in Charlotte, NC. He and his pregnant ex-stripper girlfriend at the time, Cherica Adams, went to an evening showing of The Bone Collector. After returning to Carruth’s home to pick up Adams’ car, the two drove off in separate vehicles. Shortly thereafter, Adams was shot four times in the chest and neck as she sat in her black BMW. She survived injuries to her stomach, liver and right lung long enough to called 911 and described how Carruth had stopped his vehicle in front of hers as another vehicle drove alongside her and its passenger, a friend of Rae Carruth, shot her and then witnessed Carruth speed away from the scene. She ended up dying 30 days after slipping into a coma. The child she was carrying at the time was delivered by caesarian section. Carruth skipped bail, the Panthers organization quickly released the athlete and he went on the lam.
He was captured on December 15, 1999 after being found hiding in the trunk of another girlfriend’s car outside a motel in Parkers Crossroads, TN. It’s reported that the first thing he said after being captured was, “This whole thing is crazy…when this is over I am going to give up women.” The overwhelming evidence, which included deathbed testimony and a plethora of cell phone records, paved the way for the jury to find him guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. He is currently serving a sentence of at least 18 years and 11 months at Nash Correctional Institution near Rocky Mount, NC… with a projected release date of Oct. 22, 2018.
What is with football playing English majors who date strippers?
There are other incidents, including, most famously, the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in which the former football star, O.J. Simpson, was ultimately found liable. Other NFL players accused of murder include Ray Lewis, Anthony Wayne Smith, Glenn Sharpe and Eric Naposki.
Now enter Bob Costas.
Costas, a self-described “liberal,” used his halftime segment on Sunday Night Football to advocate for gun control following the Belcher murder-suicide. In a segment that ran 90 seconds long, Costas paraphrased and quoted extensively from a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, another anti-gun Democrat. After praising the column, Costas is quoted as saying, “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.”
If that is not anti-gun, or anti-second amendment for that matter, I don’t know what is. The fact is that if Jovan Belcher was serious about killing Kasandra Perkins, as he clearly was, then it wouldn’t matter if he owned a gun or not… they both would be dead regardless. Sure, 67,5% of all homicides in the United States were perpetrated using a firearm, but 32.5% of murders in America are done without a gun. Firearms tend to be the quickest and most efficient method… and they allow the perpetrator the advantage of doing it at a distance. If killing with knives or swords provided these same opportunity, the statistic would be reversed. And then what? Would Whitlock and Costas advocate for the end of steak and Santoku knives? The bottom line fact is that a gun is only an inanimate object in the same way that a knife or a blunt object is inanimate… and it is only people who kill people.
Ask Barbara Ann Dawson if she thinks what Whitlock and Costas say is true… that she would be alive today if Jack Vian didn’t possess a gun? He didn’t. Ask Dennis Henderson if he thinks what Whitlock and Costas say is true… that he would be alive today if Anthony Wayne Smith didn’t possess a gun? He didn’t. Ask Nicole Simpson Brown and Ron Goldman if they think what Whitlock and Costas say is true… that they would be alive today if O.J. Simpson didn’t possess a gun? He didn’t. They were all murdered from being stabbed. Rae Carruth’s girlfriend was shot, be he didn’t pull the trigger, he was using a cellphone, and she still died.
This notion that just possessing a firearm turns law abiding citizens into cold blooded killers is ridiculous. If a person, whether they played ball or not, is hell bent on murdering another person, they are going to attempt it whether a gun is in the mix or not. They will use sharp objects, blunt objects, ropes, their fists/hands, their cars, drugs, poisons, gases, and so on. And the only thing advocating for stricter gun laws will do is make it more difficult for the victims to protect themselves from the perpetrators.
Bob Costas and NBC should be ashamed of themselves.
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