Bob Costas Asks Oklahomans to Change State’s ‘Offensive Name’

Okay, he hasn’t done it yet.  Based on his track record, however, I suspect NBC Sports’ Bob Costas might find the use of the word, Oklahoma, offensive to someone.  Who exactly?  Don’t worry; he’ll find someone.

Recently, the well-known sports broadcaster offered comments about the name of the National Football League’s Washington Redskins being “an insult, a slur” — comments that had nothing to do with the game of football.  Apparently, Costas could not control his insatiable desire to offer his unwanted political opinion during halftime of NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

I hope Costas doesn’t visit the nation’s 47th state anytime soon.  Why?  Because I was born and raised in the state known as the “Land of the Red Man” and do not find “Oklahoma” — the Choctaw Indian word for “Red People” — offensive.

A parting word of advice for Costas:  Stick to color commentary — unless, that is, you’re afraid that kind of commentary might offend people of color.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

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A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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