In an op/ed titled “‘Gums’ control for Bob Costas,” a piece written prior to Friday’s mass shooting, sportscaster Mark Rosen criticized his better-known colleague for a segment aired on Monday Night Football following the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide in which Costas firmly asserted the necessity for gun control.
This isn’t exactly topical, since Michael Jordan gave his infamous Hall of Fame speech over three years ago. But while reading an article about Nietzsche’s critique of the liberal conception of freedom, I think I began to understand exactly why MJ’s vindictive and petty speech came off as not only, well, vindictive and petty, but also pathetic and farcical. The connection may seem at first glance a little ridiculous, but I think there’s something here.
Down with King James!