Costas said concussion comments why removed from Super Bowl – Yahoo Sports

Costas said concussion comments why removed from Super Bowl – Yahoo Sports

Bob Costas was wrapping up his lengthy career with NBC during the 2017 NFL season.

Costas was planning to finish out the season hosting NBC’s Sunday Night Football, concluding with him hosting the Super Bowl one last time before stepping away.

For a broadcaster like Costas — who had been with the network since 1979 and hosted some of the biggest sporting events in the world, including numerous Super Bowls, Olympic Games, World Series, NBA Finals, Triple Crown horse races, and more — it seemed like a fitting ending.

Except that never happened.

Costas was pulled from the broadcast last minute for his comments on concussions and brain damage in the NFL.

told ESPN. “My thought was, ‘What line have I crossed?’”” data-reactid=”27″>“I think the words were, ‘You’ve crossed the line,’” Costas told ESPN. “My thought was, ‘What line have I crossed?’”

Costas’ ‘controversial’ comments on concussions

Three months before the Super Bowl, Costas spoke at a journalism symposium at Maryland. That’s when his comments on concussions and brain injuries in the NFL took off.

a 2017 New York Times report found that of 111 brains of NFL players examined by a neuropathologist, 110 were found to have CTE. That disease is most commonly caused by repeated blows to the head.’ data-reactid=”43″>In fact, a 2017 New York Times report found that of 111 brains of NFL players examined by a neuropathologist, 110 were found to have CTE. That disease is most commonly caused by repeated blows to the head.

“There is this crazy notion that you hear on talk radio and some right-wing sites that this is just another left-wing conspiracy to undermine something that is quintessentially American,” Costas said, via the Washington Post. “There’s a word for things like that, there’s many words. One of them is bulls‑‑‑, because that’s what that is.”‘ data-reactid=”46″>“There is this crazy notion that you hear on talk radio and some right-wing sites that this is just another left-wing conspiracy to undermine something that is quintessentially American,” Costas said, via the Washington Post. “There’s a word for things like that, there’s many words. One of them is bulls‑‑‑, because that’s what that is.”

Kickback from his comments

Costas’ comments at Maryland quickly went viral, which prompted NBC to release a statement distancing itself from him.

told ESPN he felt relief from being off the broadcast. But, after the news surfaced that he would not be calling the Super Bowl, Costas knew there would be questions.’ data-reactid=”56″>Instead of feeling punished or being upset, Costas told ESPN he felt relief from being off the broadcast. But, after the news surfaced that he would not be calling the Super Bowl, Costas knew there would be questions.

So he had an idea. He wanted to interview NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

told ESPN that Goodell has only done one sit-down interview in the past five years with the network airing the Super Bowl, which was for the 50th Super Bowl in 2016. The league also confirmed that it did not ask NBC to remove Costas from the broadcast.’ data-reactid=”66″>The NFL told ESPN that Goodell has only done one sit-down interview in the past five years with the network airing the Super Bowl, which was for the 50th Super Bowl in 2016. The league also confirmed that it did not ask NBC to remove Costas from the broadcast.

“It’s very fair and very amicable,” Costas told ESPN of the split with NBC. “It was a very, very fruitful run of nearly four decades, and I have nothing but respect and appreciation for all of it.”‘ data-reactid=”69″>“It’s very fair and very amicable,” Costas told ESPN of the split with NBC. “It was a very, very fruitful run of nearly four decades, and I have nothing but respect and appreciation for all of it.”

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