Dailies | Bob Costas Gets Fired Up About Washington Redskins, Gun Culture and Sochi (Video)

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“How the name of the Washington Redskins isn’t a football issue, I have no idea,” Costas explains.

Bob Costas’ eyes are all cleared up, but he’s still seeing red.

On Wednesday’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the fired-up NBC Sports personality defended his reputation of mixing political talk with sports coverage.

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“How the name of the Washington Redskins isn’t a football issue, I have no idea,” Costas told Meyers. “Who should be talking about that — Lou Dobbs?”

The issue also turned to the “gun culture” that Costas sees among athletes. The “Football Night in America” host wants to make a bet with vehement gun ownership defenders: “You keep track of how many good and constructive things are associated with athletes having a gun, and I’ll keep track of all the tragedies and criminality and folly — and let’s see who comes out ahead and behind, as the case may be.”

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Finally, the face of recent Olympics coverage talked about perhaps the most serious issue he’s faced and used his platform to comment on: the political situation in Russia.

“I don’t know how you can do an Olympics in Sochi and not talk about Vladimir Putin,” Costas said.

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