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ESPN Sportscaster Chris Broussard Stands by Anti-Gay Remarks About Jason Collins: VIDEO


ESPN sportscaster Chris Broussard clarified the Christian nonsense that came out of his piehole yesterday:

Today on OTL, as part of a larger, wide-ranging discussion on today's news, I offered my personal opinion as it relates to Christianity, a point of view that I have expressed publicly before. I realize that some people disagree with my opinion and I accept and respect that. As has been the case in the past, my beliefs have not and will not impact my ability to report on the NBA. I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement today and I have no objection to him or anyone else playing in the NBA.

ESPN said it regretted the distraction:

We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today’s news.  ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins’ announcement.

No word on any further repercussions.

What Broussard said, if you missed it:

Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly, like premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits. It says that, you know, that’s a sin. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the bible would characterize them as a Christian.

And a longer version of the video I posted yesterday, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Talk about not characterizing certain people as christians.

    Posted by: Armando | Apr 30, 2013 7:58:54 AM

  2. Why did ESPN take Jason Collins moment away from him by displaying this segment?

    THAT folks is the million dollar question.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Apr 30, 2013 8:00:40 AM

  3. Why did ESPN allow this segment, one that completely took away from Jason Collins moment, not even two minutes after he came out?

    THAT FOLKS is the million dollar question.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Apr 30, 2013 8:02:20 AM

  4. Duration and Convexity,
    That's what alarms me about this. Everything on television is mapped out well in advance, including segments like this. Talking points are discussed. Why would ESPN hijack a perfectly positive story and allow it to be turned into this INSANE Fox News like sermon. It's absolutely crazy to me. ESPN completely dropped the ball here.

    Posted by: Alejandro | Apr 30, 2013 8:04:42 AM

  5. Sorry but I fully blame ESPN here. they got real messy here. real, real dirty. their ass knows they'd never be having a clip like this with one of their senior writers blasting the first openly Muslim NBA player. Or first openly Jewish NBA player. Just imagine y'all if this bull right here was directed at the first openly Muslim or Jewish player in NBA. And they were judged and berated for not being Christian with Christian values. THERE'S BE DAMN PROTEST ON THE STREETS and ESPN would be havin a press conference.
    ESPN knew exactly what it was doing. Real down low and dirty with this move.

    Posted by: Kevin | Apr 30, 2013 8:08:07 AM

  6. What he said was anti-christian in the first place! Just because you sin you automatically remove yourself from the church!?!

    Posted by: Rex | Apr 30, 2013 8:10:00 AM

  7. I'm sick of the effin apologizes and "clarifications". Either stand by your words, and tell people to deal with it if they don't like what you had to say, or don't say it at all. IRL no one apologizes for their POV -- no matter how stubborn or "offensive" it may be to others, but scaredy cat Hollywood is always apologetic for what some may not like or take the wrong way and it creates this false reality. Reaction to JC's announcement has actually been VERY mixed with colleagues and fans, but that gets sugarcoated and the naysays gets downplayed and it just looks like everyone is congratulating him. So fake.

    Posted by: Spence | Apr 30, 2013 8:10:37 AM

  8. ESPN wanted LGBT viewers because they know that's where the money is at for advertisement. So they did this whole fake campaign about supporting and encouraging gay players, followed by an 'It Gets Better' campaign and first major athlete in mainstream sports to come out and what does ESPN do? Not even a hot minute later they have one of their most prominent employees ripping the gay athletes head off for being gay and slamming his integrity.

    Thanks ESPN for showing your true colors. And I hope before LGBT organizations call this Broussard clown out; they let ESPN know what's up.

    Posted by: Two Dads | Apr 30, 2013 8:10:39 AM

  9. Why was Collins sexuality even being debated? He's gay. Why are they having an anti- gay talking head to oppose his sexuality?

    Why did a sports network spend five minutes talking about an athlete not being religious enough?

    Why is a players sexuality being questioned in comparison to his religion on a SPORTS network?

    ESPN has some more explaining to do than this manufactured PR statement.

    Posted by: Alenjandro TX | Apr 30, 2013 8:13:11 AM

  10. This was one of the most messed up things I've ever seen, and I too blame ESPN, and I'll tell you why. Jason Collins has devoted his whole life to this game and has had an incredible career with some of the best teams in the league. His family, including his NBA star brother, has devoted their life to this game. For ESPN to treat his triumphant day in this disrespectful manner is a slap in the face to him and all his many many years of hard work and dedication to the game. That's what bothers meost about all this.

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Apr 30, 2013 8:15:52 AM

  11. I trust ESPN will also have a segment with their Christian senior analyst preaching the sermon EVERY time an athlete has a child out of wedlock (which, if you follow sports, is literally every other day)....No?

    So when straight athletes announce on twitter their girlfriend just gave birth to their child, we're NOT going to get ESPN having their Christian employees coming on air bashing them to pieces for not being Christian enough?

    I want GLAAD to ask them why? ESPN wants to be CBN now. It's only fair they be consistent.

    Posted by: TreesJeans | Apr 30, 2013 8:19:12 AM

  12. This is an example of how deeply-rooted homophobia is, that ESPN would have one of their dumb taking heads preach from the TV pulpit.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 30, 2013 8:19:36 AM

  13. Technically, ALL christians live in sin under the code defined by their bible. "All have sinned and live short of the glory of God". That's the whole concept of christianity, you sin, you get Jesus, you are forgiven.

    So by that standard, Broussard is a sinner as well. And also, he's judging someone else, ANOTHER thing you're not supposed to do as a christian.

    Gee, Chris, not a very good example of Christ's love. Typical hypocritical christian, I have yet to see one that isn't.

    Posted by: johnny | Apr 30, 2013 8:19:37 AM

  14. There is no point in arguing with a man who equates the homosexual orientation to adultery. Don't fall for the trap.

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 30, 2013 8:24:05 AM

  15. Chris Broussard, the judgmental ESPN clown criticizing Jason Collins for not being Christian enough, is on twitter. And while his homophobic twitter fans are ripping Jason Collins to shred on guys might want to join in on the conversation on twitter on Chris Broussard twitter page.

    Posted by: Klien | Apr 30, 2013 8:27:47 AM

  16. I blame Collins. He's the one who created this circus. Can't have it both ways and say it's about the game and skills of the player...but then create a media blitz around someone coming out.

    Collins went from being a basketball player to a glorified token/caricature; proclaiming his sexual orientation in one breath while acting like he's just your average pro basketball player on the other. You're either a sideshow or you're not, and if you're not you won't create a scene like one.

    Furthermore, why pretend that every reaction will be a positive one, and then be shocked at one that's negative? I have a problem with people who are willfully naive/idealistic and try to play dumb just so that they can GASP at the not-nice comments that they know they'll inevitably hear.

    Posted by: Krajci | Apr 30, 2013 8:29:47 AM

  17. People like Chris Broussard were to be expected, as was his statements. What I sih would happen is for some gay Anonymous members to hack his computers and reveal what he does and looks at in his downtime. Can't say 100% for sure, but I bet he isn't entirely Christian in his viewing/googling habits. And THAT is the real issue here- even if one thinks of being gay or being in a gay relationship as sin, it's doubtless that person is doing/living a "Christian" life all the time.

    I think everyone expected something lioke Chris Broussard to happen, but it was wrong of him to doubt and declare Collins as "not a Christian." Unless Broussard is living a clean, honest life all the time, and calling out and reprimanding guys inn locker rooms or in conversations any time theyre talking about sex outside of marriage, or drugs, or porn, then he's a hypocrite. And I wish someone could expose him for what he is.

    Cuz that's what most guys are doing in the sports world- talking like that- and they would treat you like sh*t or like you're crazy if they started getting the actual treatment Broussard said he believes in- supposedly calling out all sins. Bullsh*t. Only the gay guy, cuz theres only one of him right now, and he seems like easy pickings.

    Posted by: scott | Apr 30, 2013 8:33:23 AM

  18. Broussard states "as it relates to Christianity"... Jesus Chris NEVER said a word about homosexuality. Ever. These people can claim some sort of 'religious' belief, but they cannot claim that it is from jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came to break the binds of legalism. Broussard may be some religious fanatic, but he is NOT a Christian!

    Posted by: Jim Brown | Apr 30, 2013 8:33:40 AM

  19. Here are a couple of 'abominations' he, himself, is guilty of....

    Leviticus 19:27 Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.

    Leviticus 19:19 Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.

    If he is going to use the 'Christianity' crutch to spew his bigotry, then he needs to abide by the words of the Bible.

    Posted by: CB | Apr 30, 2013 8:36:57 AM

  20. This clown has never read the Bible. He's going on some third-rate interpretation of it. Read the text.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Apr 30, 2013 8:42:29 AM

  21. How many other times has this *sports reporter* gone on TV to trash the faith of an athlete or call him/her a sinner? Does it happen regularly or does he just save that for the gay athlete?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Apr 30, 2013 8:56:36 AM

  22. ESPN would never allow the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan to spew hate about Collins' race, but they allow an evangelical Christian to spew hate about Collins' sexual orientation because, you know, that's religion and it's okay. This kind of implicit endorsement of Religious Based Hate needs to be stopped.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Apr 30, 2013 8:57:48 AM

  23. congrats Collins! who's up next?

    Posted by: t | Apr 30, 2013 8:58:02 AM

  24. Ignore the troll , Karjci, a couple posts above with the homophobic commentary. Trolls want attention. Don't feed them.

    ESPN definitely dropped the ball with this one. Their legacy as a network will FOREVER be the venue that reacted to the first openly gay player with this divisive segment whereas every other sports show including NBA Now, TNT, and local sports media all congratulated and or reported on Jason Collins, with out the need to debate who he is, unlike ESPN.

    Posted by: Amir | Apr 30, 2013 9:13:44 AM

  25. An NBA player was arrested a few weeks ago for beating his girl friend. ESPN didn't even so much mention it, much less do a Biblical lecturing on the player. Jason Collins has to have his whole self worth questioned on air by ESPN.
    ESPN....the Faux News of sports.
    I prefer NBC Sports anyway.

    Posted by: Jackson | Apr 30, 2013 9:15:24 AM

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