Bob Costas has never shied away from offering his opinion on a variety of topics. The veteran sportscaster notably offered his thoughts on gun control and the Washington Redskins' name controversy as the on-site host of NBC's Sunday Night Football over the last two seasons. But his latest musings on one of the new events in the upcoming Winter Olympics may not make his employers at the Peacock Network very happy.
While appearing on Today in an interview with Matt Lauer, Costas let his feelings be known about slopestyle snowboarding — and he didn't pull any punches:
Lauer: We are going to see some new events, some new sports that we haven't seen in Olympic competition before. Slopestyle — something that you've done a lot as a kid I know.
Costas: I think the President of the IOC should be Johnny Knoxville because basically this stuff is just Jackass stuff that they invented and called Olympic sports.
Lauer: You mean that in the best possible way though.
Costas: I mean it in the kindest possible sense, yes.
The tone of the interview was light-hearted and Lauer pointed out that two-time Olympic champion in halfpipe (and media darling) Shaun White could be a star of the new discipline. But a shot was clearly fired by Costas, who sarcastically poked fun at his own ignorance of the Winter X Games staple. However, longtime Winter X host and snowboarding supporter Sal Masekela was not pleased:
Sal Masekela ripping Bob Costas ... on NBC's PR site. pic.twitter.com/Gq7RuKvmp2
— Paulsen (@paulsen_smw) January 7, 2014
Masekela is supposed to contribute to NBC's Olympic coverage this year. Should be interesting times in Sochi.
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