ESPN personality critical of homosexuality following Jason Collins' coming out


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?



Written by: Hamatosan
Apr 29th, 2013, 2:21 pm

Images courtesy of ESPN


Message Posted On Jan 28th, 2014, 10:02 am
If you cannot respect each other so don't go to Church and PLEASE! Stop using guns... it is not because you pray you can kill each other!

Message Posted On May 3rd, 2013, 10:15 am
Him cherry picking crap out of the "good" book and quoting it is stupid and ignorant but there is the whole free speech thing that should allow any idiot to say whatever they want personally. When the media plot to produce propaganda I think there should be more restrictions but it is better to have it out in the open and discussed then hidden and unchallenged. Debate and opposing arguments should always be welcomed. Repression in any form is wrong and who cares if some ancient minded people think something is a sin or not. If I can wage a war on Christmas and fund my secret war to remove god from the schools without them complaining I guess they can call gays sinners, oh wait.

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Message Posted On May 2nd, 2013, 7:39 am

Christians have the right to express their beliefs... and the opposition has their right to fire back. What baffles me is why Christians always act far more wounded when called on it. Sorry, but it's not equal. Gays aren't the ones in power passing laws to prohibit Christians from marrying or adopting children. Gays don't have some supposedly infallible holy book telling them that others are eternally doomed. Oh, and it's punishable by death (Leviticus 20:13), as is multiple other things Christians don't make a fuss over. And while they are in the utmost minority, there are some who are tad more coherent in interrupting the Bible and would like to get that made into law as well. So don't act like you've got the moral high ground. Those who cite the Bible to justify that knee-jerk reaction of disgust over two men kissing are picking and choosing what parts to adhere to and what to disregard. The reason you don't keep up the part about killing them is because some part of you inside knows that's wrong. The Bible - it truly is the great big book of multiple choice. And given that it was scribed by goat herders and is full of unsubstantiated claims, not to mention is full of abominable moral atrocities, no one has any good reason to believe it's true nor should anyone care what it says. I don't care what God or Jesus says on gays or anything else, even if they were proven to exist. Citing them has nothing to do with right or wrong, it's just brown-nosing the big powerful, so as to keep your ass from getting your ass burned. That's not morality.


Sorry, but seeing people so blind in their obedience to an old book drives me mad. I wish humanity could finally be rid of this loyalty to this superstitious nonsense and start embracing reality and science and critical thinking and reasoning, and start basing their morality on their interaction with other people and not what some divine dictator allegedly says.


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Message Posted On May 2nd, 2013, 4:07 am

Unbelievable how "religious" people suddenly become if they can find a suiting quotation in The Bible.. :/


But aye, it's not about agreeing or disagreeing, it's about being tolerant by loving thy neighbour no matter their sexuality.


Why are people still so worked up and afraid of things like this even in 2013? If two people who love each other can get married why not let them? It doesn't affect the "disagree'ers" in any way, shape or form, and there's absolutely no negative aspect in it whatsoever.


Which is quite clear when it comes to people trying to argue against homosexuality with nothing but the good ol' "what will be the next then?" argument - the one that always comes up when there's nothing real to actually say.


Great that Jason Collins finally "broke the curse". Good for the homosexual. Good for people. Good for all of us in general. If only we could stop judging one another all the time and actually accept and respect others like we want others to accept and respect ourselves the world would become a much better place quite fast. This is another step in the right direction at least, but there's still quite a long way to go unfortunately.


Message Posted On Apr 30th, 2013, 11:05 am
Agreed it will have an impact on his teammates, owners and fans Do you ............we dont need to know

Message Posted On Apr 30th, 2013, 3:00 am
"...and just because they don't agree with that lifestyle, they don't want to be called bigoted and intolerant" Well, TOUGH SHIT you morons, "not agreeing" with it is precisely what makes you intolerant bigots, because you think that there's actually something to agree or dissagree on!! You don't "disagree" with being black, or tall, or green-eyed, you fucking morons. YOU DON'T AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH NATURE. NATURE WIPES ITS ASS WITH THE LOT OF YOU, THAT'S WHAT!! Christians are the fucking plague.

Message Posted On Apr 29th, 2013, 6:28 pm
Thank you for standing up Bro Damn NBGAY

Message Posted On Apr 29th, 2013, 5:05 pm
I think he's right. I support him and i believe more people should stand up for there religious beliefs. Why is this country tolerent of any point of view except not supporting homosexuality. We have the right to decent.
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