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.

105 comments Add your comment


July 20th, 2012
1:54 pm

Costas, if you have political statements to make, join one of the news shows. Keep politics out of the Olympics!


July 20th, 2012
1:56 pm

CFA puts too much sugar in their breading. The fries and slaw are outstanding.

I would like to know how Mr. Cathy’s kids feel about their father and grandfather’s open hate towards gay people. I’m sure his future grandchildren will be ashamed of them.

Auntie Christ

July 20th, 2012
1:58 pm

Dog dad: 146 PM I suggest you look up “martyr” in the dictionary.

From the free dictionary ( martyr: a person who suffers greatly or dies for a cause, belief, etc.

I would say the Israeli athletes died as a result of their belief in a free Israel, representing what was best in their country.

I suggest you get a better dictionary and stop trying to be so politically correct.


July 20th, 2012
1:59 pm

I don’t understand how remember 11 dead athletes could be considered political. Oh, wait, if they do it the Arab countries will raise a fuss and refuse to march in the opening ceremonies. At that point, who’s making it political? I thought so.


July 20th, 2012
2:04 pm

Is it possible to condemn someone’s behavior without hating them?

I sure hope so. Otherwise I hate folk who litter, gluttonous people (be it money, french fries, alcohol, smokes, whatever). I question Mr. Cathy’s decision from a business standpoint, but I do know enough about him to feel very confident he doesn’t “hate homosexuals”. Sorry libs, you don’t own that word.

Do you hate everybody that you disagree with?


July 20th, 2012
2:06 pm

As I sit here munching on a Chick-fil-A sandwich, I had a few thoughts. I don’t think the IOC’s response is anti-Semitic, it is just another attempt by that group to cover up anything they believe will tarnish their “pristine” image. These fools could give FIFA or the US congress a run for their money when it comes to corruption. We have the various scandals of members selling their votes for host cities (including for the Atlanta games). As some other people have noted, these guys were real jerks during the Atlanta olympics. I’m sure their actions here were not unique.

However, I really hate Bob Costas. Perhaps he will become involved in a scandal with the men’s gymnastics team from Alybaba and the IOC will be unable to cover it up. Eat more chicken!!!!


July 20th, 2012
2:09 pm

Bucky, I’ve changed that “B” to an “F” – seems much more appropriate for an a-h like you.


July 20th, 2012
2:10 pm

But, FMan, seems you’re just one in a whole barrel of pickles on this blog!


July 20th, 2012
2:10 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. ”

Right. Do you have the same feeling when the circumstances of Jesse Owens accomplishements are recalled? For what purpose is that done? Or the Mexico City medal stand protest, which has been discussed in the MSM recently? I could keep going.

Fact is, Israeli athletes were abducted from the Olympic site and murdered or killed due to circumstances related to their abduction. They SHOULD be memorialized at the anniversary of this sordid crime, regardless of the underlying politics. If they were Russian, East German, North Vietnamese, North Korean or Muslim fundamentalist athletes I’d have the same exact opinion.


July 20th, 2012
2:12 pm

Who should we remember more, those foreign Olympians murdered on foreign soil or the millions of American chickens murdered for profit on American soil by the Cathy family and their 4 Billion dollar a year business? who speaks for the chickens? I ask who speaks for the chickens!!!!


July 20th, 2012
2:12 pm

What does Chik fil a have to do with the subject matter? You idiots lost me on this.


July 20th, 2012
2:21 pm

well, they have tasty chicken sandwiches and Bob Costas is the U.S. broadcaster for the Olympics. How do you not see the correlation?

Red Wing

July 20th, 2012
2:23 pm

Most of my Gay friends never pay attention to headlines like Chick-Fil-A’s stance on Gay marriage.Usually,they are absorbed with their own family or career, trying to make a better life. The only people that continually seem to get twisted on the subject are hetrosexuals.

Bucky… Gluttony is a sin too.


July 20th, 2012
2:26 pm

Bob Costas makes watching the games a terrible experience. All he does is go on and on about how each country sucks as their athletes enter the stadium. Glad I’ve arranged to get a feed from the BBC so I won’t have to listen to Bob Costas’ verbal diarrhea.

Enemas for Easter

July 20th, 2012
2:30 pm

I’m only hungry for Chick Fil A on Sundays….

Bucky's secret gay lover

July 20th, 2012
2:32 pm

Come out of the closet Big Buck!


July 20th, 2012
2:34 pm

Bucky = ignorant southern racist white boy. I get a mental picture of Forrest Gump sitting on a bench playing with himself.


July 20th, 2012
2:36 pm

What is it with prejudiced Atlanta chicken restaurant owners. First Lester Maddox and the Pickrick, now Cathy and Chic-Fil a


July 20th, 2012
2:39 pm

Costas gets paid to report the Olympics, not to become the news himself. Shame on him.

Similarly, Chic Fil A sells chicken sandwiches, so the corporate positions in sociology and politics are completely irrelevant. Why even go there?


July 20th, 2012
2:43 pm

It’s been 40 years. It was a terrible act. The people are dead. Let it go. The Israelis like to milk the victimhood thing to insulate them from their own aggressive actions and policies. In this case, the IOC reached the correct decision to not give them a stage.

Me Be Crazy

July 20th, 2012
2:53 pm

I guess Bob should take a stand and honor the people killed at the Atlanta Olympics as well. Every year is an anniversary of that tragedy, too. What is the significance of 40 years anyway?


July 20th, 2012
2:59 pm

Um, how is a moment of silence a POLITICAL statement? Seriously: Some people have two brain cells, and it’s clear they don’t get along.

Sick of Israel!

July 20th, 2012
3:01 pm

I was raised to believe that Israel was the ultimate ‘good guy’ on the world stage and Hitler’s Germany was pure evil. While the latter holds true, the former does not!

In many ways Israel is treating the Palestinians as badly as Hitler did them! And it wasn’t until I was older that I learned that the Jewish religion was based on RACE? That is disgusting, pure bigotry, and in fact HITLERIAN! And too, the idea of a nation of citizens of the same race is vulgar, hateful and Hitlerian!


July 20th, 2012
3:02 pm

Id rather picture Forrest gump sitting on a bench ANY day than 2 dudes bending each other over…. GROSS and UNNATURAL!


July 20th, 2012
3:15 pm

We should also then honor the woman who was killed here in Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, right?

The Truth

July 20th, 2012
3:15 pm

I’m all for supporting Israel but give me an F’ing break. Costas is a moron just trying to get back into the mainstream again.

If the Olympics were being held in Munich then I’d say he has a point.

Hey Bob… STFU.


July 20th, 2012
3:16 pm

@BravesFan79, if homosexuality bothers you that much, you should be all for gay marriage since most husbands can tell you that sex pretty much stops after marriage.

Ron Roberts

July 20th, 2012
3:17 pm

On the plus side, homophobic morons like “Bucky” will get type 2 diabetes about 33% faster now. Something most of us can agree on here, maybe?


July 20th, 2012
3:19 pm

Bob Costas is way to full of himself…….something is very wrong and disturbing when a reporter feels he can take center stage and voice his personal opinion (weather we agree or not) on a stage as big as this. He should be fired.

ur sister's Bo

July 20th, 2012
3:25 pm

Bucky – I’ve got one word for you = latent.

Prez Obozo

July 20th, 2012
3:26 pm

IMO the IOC should observe a moment of silence to honor for the murdered athletics. Sadly the IOC is bowing to politically correctness not insult moolims!


July 20th, 2012
3:34 pm

AJC, you should be ashamed for allowing some of these comments to be published on your website. Who’s job to screen these? A writer or editor should be reigned in and taught about respect, civility and common sense. It is 2012 and this still persists. AJC, shame on you. Shame.

Gwinnett Mom

July 20th, 2012
3:39 pm

Truet Cathy is a grate American and Christan. Its his business he should be able t2 do N E thing he wants. Its sicening 2 see 2 men hugging in pubic 4 ever 2 see. Thats why I dont take my children downtown N E more. I just no some of those sickos will do bad things to my boys. Every 1 no they are always tryin 2 recruit young boys to be gay.

Thomas Heinrichmeier

July 20th, 2012
3:43 pm

To truly understand why anti-semitism exists you must first understand semitism and the history of semitism both in Europe and the Middle East.


July 20th, 2012
3:47 pm

Bucky, you usually order two sandwiches??
Yeah, you’re just another fat southern bigot
hope you choke on your chicken

Ben Smith

July 20th, 2012
3:47 pm

“Bob Costas should stick to baseball and keep his political statements to himself,” so says “Bucky.” It’s interesting how some folks will stick up for the First Amendment until somebody says something they don’t like. Note to AJC, my former employer. Stop allowing people to post comments under pseudonyms. People will say anything from behind a mask. If you can’t say something without having your name attached to it, it probably isn’t worth saying, or publishing.


July 20th, 2012
3:48 pm

reading kev and cancer breath makes me happy for freedom of’s occassionally annoying but necessary. Cancer particular is a good example of the significant percentage of US citizens with significant mental illness:2-5%.

If you disagree, you HATE! simply stupid rational, as for who speaks for the chickens, I do , now cluck off. you gotta love the carrot salad and sooooo healthy. “It’s been a pleasure” educating all of you …..


July 20th, 2012
3:52 pm

@steve :change your camera….


July 20th, 2012
3:57 pm

Bob Costas is the guy who spends so little time with his family one of his kids asked “Mommy, isn’t that the guy who took us to the zoo awhile back?” Stick to reporting and shove your politics


July 20th, 2012
3:59 pm

Cant we all just get along ? And to the Advocate General may I suggest you read the Bible ?

Mel G

July 20th, 2012
4:00 pm

Don’t get me started on the Jews.

M Gibson

July 20th, 2012
4:03 pm

I better use a different name so as not to get in trouble…..Again

Don’t get me started on Jews

Dr. Greg Evigan

July 20th, 2012
4:12 pm

I don’t really care about whether CHICK-FIL-A opposes what Larry Sinclair and Barry 0bama do together (allegedly).

All I really care about is his sandwiches, but at least Mr. Cathy can rest easy knowing he won’t ever die from STDs, get divorced from another dude or have his soul burn in eternal fire afterwards.

Extra Pickles on my Sandwich, please!


July 20th, 2012
4:13 pm

Look at the employees that work for chick fil A, then look at the thugs that work for Mcdonalds…. I will continue to buy Chick Fil A until the cows come home!!!….


July 20th, 2012
4:13 pm

These topics tend to bring out some real morons, who actually think that there exist Jews that oppress Arabs.

Right–they oppress Arabs by violently inflicting civil rights on them, just as Jews have done to Americans.

The IOC countries, and the US too, have been lying for Arabs for years. Read the ‘British Record on Partition’ and learn the truth: Zionism is anti-imperialism today just as it was back then.


July 20th, 2012
4:57 pm

I guess I’m curious, Bucky… It’s OK for you to appreciate Cathy’s remarks about homosexuality but Costas is not allowed to make any remarks about Jews being murdered at the Olympics? Strange set of values you have! Seems if one person is allowed to have Freedom of Speech the other one should be allowed to also….

Dumb and Dumber

July 20th, 2012
5:09 pm

The level of ignorance on the board is staggering today. Jews = a Race? Thought it was a religion. Better get into all those schools around the world and change the names from religion to race. So there are four major religions and one major race? And the references to Hitler are more than a bit stupid. Hitler was extremely atheistic, thinking all religions should be eliminated. In leftist societies such as fascist Germany, the only religion allowed is the religion of the state. The state is the center and reason for all being and it is your responsibility as a citizen to meld yourself to its call…sound kind of familiar in today’s world here in the US? We are much closer to fascism here than you think and have had at least a couple fascist regimes already under Presidents Wilson and Roosevelt (FDR). Read your history.

Palestine, as an entity, should never be allowed in the Olympics without apologizing for the actions of those who killed the Israeli athletes. That’s pretty simple.

Hard to believe the IOC can’t dedicate one minute in honor of the darkest hour in the history of the Olympics? Guess they are too busy trying to make a buck every second.

Dr. Greg Evigan

July 20th, 2012
5:10 pm

ncgreybr @ 4:57 pm,

“Bucky” said he/she would listen to Mr. Costas & his political view *IF* he could provide food of comparable quality to CHICK-FIL-A.

That selective perceptive and basic reading comprehension can be humiliating, can’t they, ncgreybr ?


July 20th, 2012
5:27 pm

Hmmm, the terrorists used the Olympics to make a political statement by killing athletes. So asking for those killed to be remembered at the Olympics by a moment of silence is a problem. I guess the IOC recognizing a country named ‘Palestine’ where it doesn’t exist isn’t a political statement either.


July 20th, 2012
5:29 pm

Rob said, “Look at the employees that work for chick fil A, then look at the thugs that work for Mcdonalds…. I will continue to buy Chick Fil A until the cows come home!!!….”

A more accurate statement has never appeared on this Web site. Now, not sure what it has to do with the Olympics, but dead on none the less.