Today was a historic day in the world of sports, as basketball center Jason Collins (who currently is a member of the Washington Wizards) came out of the closet, becoming the first male athlete in a major American sport to do that.
Coverage of Collins' announcement, which is featured in this week's Sports Illustrated magazine, has dominated the news cycle on TV today, especially at ESPN.
During a show called Outside the Lines, Chris Broussard, a basketball reporter at the network, addressed Collins' announcement and was critical of homosexuality as a whole, calling it a sin.
"If you're openly living that type of lifestyle, the bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that that's a sin," he said, putting homosexuality with any sexual acts committed outside of marriage. "If you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ.
"As a Christian, I don't agree with homosexuality. I think it's a sin," he continued. "There are a lot of Christians in the NBA, and just because they don't agree with that lifestyle, they don't want to be called bigoted and intolerant."
Broussard added that others, including NBA players, feel the way he does, but refuse to make their feelings public. He has worked at ESPN for nearly a decade.
"A lot of people understand that it's a politically correct climate," said Broussard. "I've had some players say that they would be uncomfortable with a gay player in the locker room.... but no one is going to necessarily come out and say anything... If he doesn't get signed next year, it probably won't be because he came out as gay. He's towards the end of his career and not that good anymore."
Since making the comments, Broussard has been heavily criticized on the web, with some people saying he should be fired.
What do you think?