Costas to ‘call out’ IOC over Munich

NBC’s Bob Costas says he will use the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics to “call out” the International Olympic Committee for its refusal to declare a moment of silence to honor Israeli athletes who were murdered at the Munich games 40 years ago.

Costas, who will be the lead announcer for the London Games, told the Hollywood Reporter that the IOC’s refusal to honor a request by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon is “baffling” and he intends to take a stand during the Opening Ceremonies on July 27.

Said Costas:

“I intend to note that the IOC denied the request. Many people find that denial more than puzzling but insensitive. Here’s a minute of silence right now.”

In denying the request, IOC President Jacques Rogge said the Olympic committee has honored the Munich victims on several occasions in the past but would not do so in London.

The widow of one of the Munich victims told USA Today that the decision was more than baffling.

“I have to call the baby by its name,” said Ankie Spitzer, whose husband coached the Israeli fencing team. “The IOC’s refusal is pure discrimination. … greed and anti-Semitism.”

On Sept. 4, 1972, the Black September terrorist group, demanding the release of Palestinians from Israeli jails, kidnapped 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team, killing two of them in the process. The nine others were killed by the kidnappers during a rescue attempt by German troops.

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Bucky

July 20th, 2012
10:47 am

Bob Costas should stick to baseball and keep his political statements to himself.

On a side note, I normally go to Chick-fil-a every Friday for 2 Chick-fil-A Sandwiches.

This Friday, in light of CFA’s public & controversial political statement this week, I will be ordering 3 Chick-fil-A sandwiches instead.

You Rock, Cathy Family!

Bucky

July 20th, 2012
10:48 am

When Bob Costas starts making chicken sandwiches like Mr. Cathy, he tell me whatever he wants.

Bucky

July 20th, 2012
10:48 am

…he CAN tell me whatever he wants, politically.

Last Word

July 20th, 2012
12:19 pm

Bucky, you’re an ( ! )

Bucky

July 20th, 2012
12:20 pm

Last Word = Red Skull

No Evil Nazi Rewards for You!

golden_sombreros

July 20th, 2012
12:24 pm

I agree with Bob….he should tell the IOC to go F-Bomb themselves!! The man has a right to stand up for what he believes is an injustice and I applaud him for that.

SAWB

July 20th, 2012
12:28 pm

Well, just in case anyone thought anti-Semitism was dead some Euro-trash weenie reminds us it is still alive.

Way to Go, Bob!!

July 20th, 2012
12:31 pm

Bob Costas has been working the Olympics for NBC for about 25 years.
He knows all about the IOC, the Games, and what the event is about.
Now, despite his knowledge of the IOC’s commitment to making the Games apolitical, he wants to distract attention away from the athletes, and put it all on himself in order to discuss a very political topic. If that’s not the definition of a spoil sport, I don’t know what is.
Maybe it’s time for NBC to look for a new Olympic Chief Correspondent.
I’m thinking Colin Cowherd would work out nicely. Maybe even Ernie Johnson.

Wes

July 20th, 2012
12:34 pm

I think Bob should explain how it’s possible that he’s 60 years old and he doesn’t have a grey hair on his head. Genetics? Steroids?

SAWB

July 20th, 2012
12:35 pm

Way to go Bob said, “he wants to distract attention away from the athletes, and put it all on himself in order to discuss a very political topic”

A little troubling that you see the murder of innocent athletes by armed terrorist as a political topic?

Reired Vet

July 20th, 2012
12:36 pm

Bob who? Where does this so called expert on everything get the right to call out anyone. I don’t see any reason the honor should not be given, but you know that everyone is afraid of offending anyone. That is why so many in America get away with saying or doing what they want and comments by some cause super racial issues. The Isralies can honor their team by wearing a patch on their uniforms or by a small demonstration during the parade. Stop and light a candle.

golden_sombreros

July 20th, 2012
12:37 pm

@ Way to Go, Bob!1
If you think Colin Cowherd wouldnt say anything about “political events” then you are crazy. Cowherd is even more opinionated and outspoken that Costas. Bottom line is the IOC are a bunch of idiots plain and simple. Costas is good at what he does and should keep his post.

@ Lilly White
You actually make a fair point, but at the same time the Israeli athletes that were murdered on what will be its 40 year anniversary of the Olympics has a lot more to do with the olypics themselves than does the entire Israeli and Palastenian conflict as a whole. That’s why it’s relevant for Costas to have a beed and to want them to honor those athletes. If people want to debate the entire conflict and it’s history then the Olympics is not the place to do that. He is simply uspet that they are not honoring or mentioning the Israeli athletes. No palastenian olympic athletes were murdered so its not relevant in this case. The actual conflict away from the olympics is a different subject and people can honor who they want according to their beliefs. To blame or to not honor athletes because of somehting their country does, or was actually helped in doing, is ludacrous.

golden_sombreros

July 20th, 2012
12:39 pm

alex

July 20th, 2012
12:39 pm

anti-semitism, little tired of that, of course it exists.. throw in some greed,yep you’ve got the right recipe. Perhaps the IOC should have a simple monument for the victims at their headquarters.

As for chick-fil-whatever: nice to hear someone stand up and shout their beliefs in this politically correct world. You may not agree with it, but he should be able to state his beliefs..Personally, I knew Mr. Cathy tangentially in high school, a hard working wrestling state champion who NEVER gave up; I very much doubt he has ANY second thoughts about airing his views or his religion.Went to get some sandwiches with my boys yersterday,great service, waffle fies and “it’s a pleasure to serve you”…

golden_sombreros

July 20th, 2012
12:42 pm

@ alex

Thanks for adding a new word to my vocabulary….. tangentially lol

morn

July 20th, 2012
12:42 pm

Please know what something truly is before using it to justify hate from israelis. What about a moment of silense for the people who have been murdered for 60 + years by the IDF and the people who had their homeland ripped away from them by the UN. Costas needs to shut up, and keep his political views out of the olympics, what respect I had for him is now gone
Se·mit·ic

• Of or relating to the Semites or their languages or cultures.
• Of, relating to, or constituting a subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic language group that includes Arabic, Hebrew, Amharic, and Aramaic.

Lawrence

July 20th, 2012
12:45 pm

He wants to point out their refusal to acknowledge the 40th anniversary of this tragedy. That’s not a political statement or religious statement, that’s just reporting. If the IOC has a political or religious motive for not acknowledging it, that would simply make it more newsworthy, but they deserve to be called out for not giving a logical explanation.

alex

July 20th, 2012
12:45 pm

as for the IOC, anyone who worked the olympics in atlanta know what a pig that organization was and is. Want to know more, read”Broken RINGS’,if you can find it, some lawsuit may keep it off the shelves. mabye NBC is trying to increase the interest for the games, they’ve got Billions invested.

TPM

July 20th, 2012
12:48 pm

Can we protest Bob Costa’s hairpiece?

golden_sombreros

July 20th, 2012
12:49 pm

Again….stop trying to combine the entire conflict to the specific athletes that were killed. Costas isnt complaining that they arent being recognized because they are Israeli….hes complaining because ATHLETES arent being honored at the request of the defense minister. Would be the same situation for Costas had it been a Spanish group of athletes that were murdered and the Spanish minister requested that. Your personal views on the Israeli and Palastenian conflict are irrelevant here. You have to separate the two. They deserve to be honored plain and simple. So I’ll say this as politely to and politically correct for all those jumping all over Costas and making this a History Lesson when really it only has to do with the olympics….. 2+2 =4

Way to Go, Bob!!

July 20th, 2012
12:50 pm

I’m sorry. i promise to be good.

mike

July 20th, 2012
12:51 pm

Costas is a moron and has been for a long time. Those athletes have been honored many times before. I suppose Costas wants some attention and this is the best way he can get it. Personally I am tired of seeing these non-athletic goobers always having something to say.

JANICE

July 20th, 2012
12:51 pm

I am glad Bob is doing this, however, I hope he has NOT dyed his hair so dark as he did the last time he covered the games. I saw him at the Atlanta Airport, and he has not dyed it so much and looked better. What would be great, is if he were to asked an Israelic team member to do this and he, Bob would stand beside him and agree with it.

Animal Planet

July 20th, 2012
12:51 pm

Bob’s hairpiece may be on too tight. Is there anyone still alive who remembers how to adjust that model?

SAWB

July 20th, 2012
12:52 pm

While the issues in Israeli are difficult and will most assuredly not be solved by us on this forum the issue was a terrorist act at the Olympics. If the Olympic Committee chooses not to recognize that event one has to wonder why.

Also, in a 2005 U.S. governmental report, anti-Semitism is defined as “hatred toward Jews—individually and as a group—that can be attributed to the Jewish religion and/or ethnicity. US State Department: report on Global Anti-Semitism [

aaa

July 20th, 2012
12:53 pm

Bucky, I’ll be sure not to buy any Chick Fil A sandwiches so I guess that will cancel you out. But something tells me you buy and eat 3 everyday anyway.

Well said Golden Sombreros.

McGuire Auto Sales

July 20th, 2012
12:54 pm

Is it true that when you eat a Chick-Fil-A sandwich that by some miracle you are actually eating the flesh of Jesus Christ? I read that in my church bulletin, but I wasn’t sure if it was true.

golden_sombreros

July 20th, 2012
12:57 pm

Chik-Fil-A sandwiches are delicious no matter what Gender you spend time with!!

Advocate General

July 20th, 2012
12:58 pm

Let’s all take a moment of silence to contemplate how Israelis are a group of people who have been historically victimized, and let’s use that as rationalization of their inhumane treatment of the Palestinians on a daily basis.

Fidlin1

July 20th, 2012
12:59 pm

Thanks Bob. If things keep going the way of the IOC the Olympics will disappear and we’ll be back to Gladiators and Stonings.

Mercurykid

July 20th, 2012
1:00 pm

IOC non political? Non political? Avery Brundage cowtowed to Der Fuhrer. Juan Antonio Samaranch was a Francisco Franco “pall”. The IOC is ALWAYS political; it’s membership is based on national politics as is game site locations (plus some key bribes here and there).

As for Costas, he’s a sports announcer, not a sage. Keep him in context.

Man of Steal

July 20th, 2012
1:01 pm

I propose a moment of silence for all of the innocent victims of US drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. Many of those killed were amateur athletes who would have grown up to compete in the Olympics if they had not been killed.

Bucky

July 20th, 2012
1:01 pm

Sorry guys, I was wrong regarding what I said before. Costas is correct in his statement. Please disregard my previous posts, I typed when I was a bit worked up. Sorry about that.

Triumph of the Will

July 20th, 2012
1:02 pm

I would suggest that Mr. Costas is the one who needs to keep himself “in context.”

Cancer Breath

July 20th, 2012
1:05 pm

It’s ok, Bucky. I sometimes say strange things when my blood sugar isn’t right. Nothing a few Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, a 64-ounce lemonade, and a helping of ignorant Southern hate won’t fix, right?

Atlien

July 20th, 2012
1:06 pm

Let’s also all take a moment of silence on Sunday in memory of the 91 killed in the King David Hotel bombing carried out by Israeli terrorists 66 years ago…

SAWB

July 20th, 2012
1:08 pm

So, what do chicken sandwiches have to do with gay marriage? Seems like this is just more of the endless “picking sides” that continues to divide us. Myself I love Chick-fil-a and really could care less if Ben and Jerry decide to tie the knot.

Capt Jack

July 20th, 2012
1:10 pm

The entire fraud known as the olympics can’t send soon enough for me.

GIVE ME A BREAK

July 20th, 2012
1:13 pm

Can innocent victims be honored too much? And by the way, I love chicken, Jesus and the Cathys. I go to church with several of them.

EAT LESS CHIKIN

July 20th, 2012
1:15 pm

I guess it’s ok to sell heroin at Chik-fil-a just don’t be gay and do it. #Lovethosefamilyvaluescathy
http://www.wect.com/story/19074510/chick-fil-a-employee-caught-selling-heroin

GIVE ME A BREAK

July 20th, 2012
1:15 pm

But not in that order. Jesus, the Cathys and chicken.

Auntie Christ

July 20th, 2012
1:15 pm

Somehow I think that the murdered athletes’ spirits hovering over the stadium will be saying “screw that and get on with the games. This is about what is good and noble in the human race, not what some mad men did 40 years ago.”

I’ve always liked Costas, but this is too much like politics, and he is reminding me of the politicians who take every opportunity to us 9/11 for their own ends. All martyrs to freedom need for us to honor them in our day-to-day deeds, living our lives as free people and fighting injustice whenever it raises it’s ugly head. A once every 4, 5,10 year tribute is just so much grandstanding.

Cancer Breath

July 20th, 2012
1:29 pm

Chicken tastes better when it’s smothered in Jesus’ blood and deep fried.

crackbaby

July 20th, 2012
1:41 pm

Bob Costas is a disingenuous self-serving prick. Wants to focus attention on himself instead of the athletes. He could make the same statement at the closing of the games, but his motives are self-serving and calculated.

This is a perfect example of a media personality MAKING news instead of simply reporting it. Costas is a reprehensible human being.

Peter

July 20th, 2012
1:42 pm

They wouldn’t stop the Games in 1972, why do you expect them to be sensitive now?

4PetesSake

July 20th, 2012
1:45 pm

The games have always been political. (Jesse Owens, Tommie Smith & John Carlos, “The Miracle On Ice.”) The IOC has never been apolitical or fair. (Roy Jones Jr., ‘72 U.S. Basketball team, Nancy Kerrigan, etc…) This should not preclude a recognition of atheletes murdered while attending the games regardless of what anyone thinks of their homeland or ideology. The IOC is wrong. They are politicizing the games by not memorializing these murdered athletes.

DawgDad

July 20th, 2012
1:46 pm

“All martyrs to freedom need for us to honor them . . .”

Taken in context as a post on this article, and in consideration of the underlying historical events, your comment is quite disturbing. I suggest you look up “martyr” in the dictionary.

keep_the_money

July 20th, 2012
1:47 pm

I hope Bucky chokes on his Chik-fil-puke sammies. And hopefully there won’t be anyone around who knows the Heimlich maneuver!

Reggie's Balls

July 20th, 2012
1:50 pm

UGA fans are trailer trash………..

Spoke

July 20th, 2012
1:51 pm

This strikes me as Israel trying to use the memories of those athletes to score modern political points. Not what the Games are about. I think the IOC is right to refuse to allow itself to be used this way, and I think Costas is an idiot. Oh, and I think he’s wrong about this controversy, too.