On the heels of a second NFL player losing his life in an off-the-field incident, tonight Piers Morgan welcomes Bob Costas to offer his insightful perspective, and peerless expertise, on the social dynamics pulsating through America's most popular sports league.
In the aftermath of Saturday's car accident that resulted in the death of Dallas Cowboy's linebacker Jerry Brown Jr., and less than days removed from the December 1st murder-suicide involving the Kansas City Chief's Jovan Belcher, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host sums up the state of the game, and asked his guest for guidance:
"Seventy percent or more of footballers apparently carry guns. Clearly most of them have a lot of money, they drive fast cars, they go to nightclubs, they party and all of the rest of it," details Morgan. "Again I guess it comes back to an overriding sense that the culture of the game is slightly out of control. The statistics of arrests, for example, suggest that. What can we really do about it?"
"I'm not sure what can be done about it exactly. The NFL prohibits the carrying of firearms at any facility, practice facility, any event that's connected to the team – you make a public relations appearance – in the stadium. I don’t know how closely they enforce that. They do prohibit it," explains the man who's hosted a record nine Olympic games.
Joining Morgan for a face to face interview, the 60-year-old with nearly 20 Emmy Awards to his credit further elaborates on the message the NFL attempts to send to it's players:
"We urge you if you do possess a gun, that you use it strictly for protection of home and family, or possibly if you’re a hunter. That it's infinitely more likely that something bad will happen if you’re armed, than that something good will happen.”
Tune in at 9 as the eight-time National Sportscaster of the Year award-winner goes on to describe the NFL as having a "gun culture."
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