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Fox Sports Fires Pundit for Anti-Gay Comments Made During Failed Senate Bid: VIDEO

Craig James (pictured), the former NFL star who unsuccessfully ran in the Texas GOP Primary for U.S. Senate last year, has been fired from his short-lived job as a Fox Sports pundit after video emerged of him making anti-gay comments during his campaign bid.

Via The Daily Mail:

Craig JamesThe 52-year-old former ESPN sportscaster, who was only hired by rival Fox a month ago, told the debate that being gay "is a choice" and that people who "choose to do that" will "have to answer to the Lord for their actions."

The comments, which drew hearty applause from the audience, left Fox bosses with little choice but to cancel his contract "with immediate effect."

"Craig James will not be making any further appearances on Fox Sports Southwest's football coverage this season," a Fox Sports spokesperson told Sports Illustrated.

Another Fox spokesman told the Dallas Morning News: "We just asked ourselves how Craig's statements would play in our human resources department. He couldn't say those things here."

Towleroad readers may remember the 2012 Texas GOP Senate Primary being filled with candidates desperately vying for the title of "Biggest Homophobe."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP... 

Previously, "GOP Texas Senate Candidate Tom Leppert Says He Was Doing the Work of Jesus When he Marched in Gay Pride as Mayor" [tlrd]

 

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  1. "Gays will have to answer to the Lord for their actions."
    A case of quick karma. Craig James had to answer to his bosses for his homophobic actions and he was given the boot.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Sep 9, 2013 9:19:38 PM


  2. it seems odd that after working for disney, which is really strict about making ANY sort of negative comments like that, he'd suddenly think that, even though it's fox, he wouldn't have to answer to similar human resource policies.

    Posted by: alguien | Sep 9, 2013 9:40:52 PM


  3. kudos for swift and decisive action by fox sports. it would be even better if espn would follow fox's example and dismiss chris broussard for comments made on "outside the lines" following jason collins' coming out. i don't tune to espn for sunday morning sermons by false prophets.

    Posted by: northalabama | Sep 9, 2013 9:52:09 PM


  4. What does this say about today's Republican party, that their candidates have to take such extreme stances, so far outside the norm, that HR departments in corporate America can't tolerate it? These views are so rude that they can get you fired in the real world, but are expected, and in some circles forgiven, in today's politics. Maybe this is why the Republican party has been taken over by the mentally challenged.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 9, 2013 11:08:49 PM


  5. Maybe the fundies and tea baggers will boycott FOX for infringing on James' freedom of speech. But what will they do without their single source for "news"?

    Posted by: Craig | Sep 9, 2013 11:19:31 PM


  6. FOX Sports for sure has LGBT people and allies working with the company, and simply didn't want to bring Mr. James on and his baggage and create workplace issues. I don't think he was fired because of fear of offending viewers although I'm sure that played a part. I'm sure fellow former-colleagues raised issue with working alongside Craig James. FOX Sports bosses took everything into consideration and decided not to keep him on and didn't want Mr. James representing their brand. Good for them.

    Craig James is almost universally disliked and looks like his career as a sports analyst is basically over. Not that I'm complaining.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Sep 9, 2013 11:20:03 PM


  7. Thank You Fox Sports for doing the right thing.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 9, 2013 11:31:57 PM


  8. I do believe they fired him for his anti-gay comments.
    But also keep in mind his antics in getting a coach fired didn't help him either.
    He is really,really not likable at all and how the guys that hired him didn't think to clear it with their bosses boggles the mind.

    Posted by: Zack | Sep 9, 2013 11:47:34 PM


  9. Chris Hayes is a t-wat

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 9, 2013 11:54:22 PM


  10. Chris Hayes is a TW wah AT

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 9, 2013 11:55:14 PM


  11. People seem to have a real problem with Freedom of Speech VS Freedom of Consequences.

    Posted by: Jerry | Sep 10, 2013 12:45:54 AM


  12. Well, as consolation, he made himself the biggest loser.

    Posted by: Joesph Foster | Sep 10, 2013 12:54:57 AM


  13. An ignorant man who wants to display his ignorance to an ignorant audience.

    We call such a tool, " a pandering bigot."

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 10, 2013 4:50:21 AM


  14. Is this how politicians spend their time solving problems in Texas? Talking about Christianity, sin and sex? That's their real problem. Posturing about who is a better Christian and who is more overtly homophobic will not improve the poor quality of education and poverty in Texas. I can't imagine going to a public meeting and discussing these things here in the northeast

    Posted by: Rob Zeleniak | Sep 10, 2013 6:35:29 AM


  15. I do not think that someone should be fired because of their religious belief or their opinion Period. That is no different than firing someone because they are gay. We all get treated equally or we don't. That is what freedom of speech is supposed to be about.

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 10, 2013 7:41:07 AM


  16. When you're too 'phobic for Faux, you're really in deep need of Thorazine and shock treatments.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Sep 10, 2013 8:35:30 AM


  17. No, Rob, "Freedom Of Speech" applies ONLY to the GOVERNMENT not being able to shut down speech. And in any case it does not guarantee freedom from the CONSEQUENCES of that speech.

    Don't believe me? Go into work and go on a racist and anti-Christian or antisemitic rant. The see if the "Freedom Of Speech" argument keeps you from getting fired. Hint: It won't.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 10, 2013 8:46:00 AM


  18. @ROB you are a good example of the morons who do not understand that freedom of speech does not mean FREEDOM OF CONSEQUENCES. Do you understand the difference yet?

    Posted by: Jerry | Sep 10, 2013 9:51:59 AM


  19. " Answer to the Lord".........who makes up this $*it ? This tool hasn't had an independent thought in his whole life......I don't think "the Lord" will be pleased by such indolence.

    It's as if all these religious nuts sat down and imagined a whole mythology and belief circus......without a shred of fact to the whole performance.
    It always puzzles me how anyone can take such made-up nonsense seriously.
    Entertaining distractions for the impoverished masses.....otherwise they would rise up and revolt against church and the nobility.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 10, 2013 9:52:25 AM


  20. The real question that comes to mind when you read something like this is: why did they hire him to begin with? I think the answer to that is a sadder state of affairs than most realize.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 10, 2013 2:12:26 PM


  21. how come my Canadian @ss understands what the First Amendment means when so many Americans don't?

    #learnaboutyourownfreakingcountryalready

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 10, 2013 2:17:36 PM


  22. Well, Little Kiwi, then you know that the US First Amendment protects US citizens from the GOVERNMENT penalizing/surpressing our speech, not companies or other individuals from reacting to it. Any private citizen or business has the right to react to what public statements people make.

    Posted by: Princely | Sep 10, 2013 3:10:41 PM


  23. ODD since Mr James is one of the better known cock suckers at the Dallas bath houses.

    Posted by: mike one | Sep 10, 2013 3:23:18 PM


  24. Oh good, yet another reason for a profound distaste, I already hate him for ruining Mike Leach's life at Texas Tech (and I'm a OU Sooner!).

    Posted by: clint | Sep 10, 2013 4:34:38 PM


  25. xians openly applaud the infinite torture of gay people (and atheists and to a lesser degree muslims) in hell by a "loving" god.

    that's sick sadism.

    curious how they exclude from their sadistic applause heterosexual "sinners", jews and other non-christians from across the globe

    they are consumed with (selective) hate.

    Posted by: gomez | Sep 10, 2013 5:13:30 PM


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