It was really touch and go for me this week but it looks like I’m going to make it through. I was a guest on Monday’s episode of Outside the Lines on ESPN to comment on Jason Collins coming out of the closet and becoming the first openly gay player in any of the four major American sports leagues. When I was asked about it I said:
“I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is…. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be … that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.”
A lot of people had a problem with that and there were calls for me to lose my job as NBA analyst for ESPN. I seem to be safe but ESPN has issued a statement saying that they regret that my comments distracted from the story. What should I do?
-Chris Broussard, Analyst, ESPN
I didn’t expect to say this but I think you’re doing everything right and you should probably just stay the course. That doesn’t mean I agree with anything you said but after seeing more of the segment than the pull quote I used up there and seeing your clarification on Twitter I believe you’re less of an anti-gay bigot and more of a completely backwards bible thumper and that’s well within your rights. I don’t think any serious cultural commentators think there’s no place for sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman. Your moral views are a touch anachronistic but I don’t go around tearing down the Amish.
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