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ESPN President: Network ‘Should Have Been More Careful With Chris Broussard’

So how does ESPN really feel about Chris Broussard’s anti-gay Jason Collins rant on its airwaves last month? After first distancing itself from Broussard’s comments on Outside the Lines without really coming down on one side or the other, ESPN president John Skipper today addressed the issue head-on.

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch talked with Skipper, and tweeted his response.

(On how ESPN’s platforms did on the Jason Collins announcement)

“I think we did great other than we made one mistake: The mistake was not being more careful with Chris Broussard, and there is a collective responsibility there. Chris Broussard’s job was to come on and talk about the news of the league, how the league was representing it, and through a series of events he made personal comments which was a mistake.”

I asked Skipper if he spoke to Broussard and the producers of Outside The Lines:

“I had a discussion with everybody. They said, ‘Look, we brought [ESPN.com columnist] LZ Granderson on to talk from a personal point of view, and we brought Chris on as a reporter and it was a mistake for him to cross the line into a personal point of view there.’ We don’t quarrel with his right to have any personal point of view, although we do assert as a company that we have a tolerant point of view, we are a diverse company, and that does not represent what our company thinks.”

First of all, any time a broadcaster gets uninterrupted air time on a national network to express his personal views, and then less than 24 hours later feels compelled to issue a statement “clarifying” his comments, he should probably be doing something else for a living. Broussard wasn’t hired for his crackpot opinions — they’ve got Skip Bayless for that.

(Bayless sitting at home eating a chalupa: “Hey! How did I get dragged into this?”)

Broussard’s comments, in case you’ve forgotten:

“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.”

He later released a statement in which he wrote: I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement today.

Would have been nice to include that in your on-air rant if you thought it was important.

Of course Broussard’s real moment of truth will not come in Skipper’s plush office. It will occur a few years down the road, when everyone will realize in hindsight exactly how short-sighted and bigoted his viewpoint actually was, and his words are still out there, floating in the ether. Poor dope.

  • Anonymous

    his words are still out there, floating in the ether. Poor dope.

  • Bon

    Rick if ESPN wanted a person with crackpot opinions they’d hire you. Oh wait, I don’t think you have the intelligents to write coherent articles, and that would be painfully obvious if more than 10 people actually read your articles. (Sorry SportsGrind)

    On Chrish Broussard I think he should just quit. Why work for an organization that doesn’t respect your opinions and tries to surpress you? So Skipper is fine with LZ saying whatever the hell he wants as long as its in support of gays and follows PC rules but when Chris says something about his faith it’s disrespectful? That’s a joke.

    Seriously though, Rick, I think you’re the poor dope. Continue writing the terrible articles though, I really enjoy reading about your stupidity.

  • Bon

    How have we become a country of pussies that will only say the PC things everybody wants to hear and having an opposing viewpoint makes you a bigot? Last time I checked President Obama hasn’t taken away our first amendment (yet) and we can express our views how we damn well please!!!

  • Anonymous

    the TL:DR version:

    Hi I’m Bon and I’m a traditional values conservative that agrees with Chris Broussard so therefor I’m going to project my scorn on to your entire writing career Rick, because that makes a ton of sense I am a giant douche.

  • Anonymous

    Shut up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattrud Matt Rudnitsky

    the intelligents are coming, chrish

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshuabozeman Joshua Taj Bozeman

    Come on, this is nonsense. Gays are simply the current idol we dare not upset at the moment. Most of you are “bigots” in your own way. If Collins had come out as a Mormon and stated he has 10 wives, would you have praised his decision and sanctified the guy? Hardly. If he came out as a muslim and stated that he’s started following ancient tradition and taken on a 10 year old bride, you’d have called him disgusting.

    Point is- who are YOU to say so and so is wrong in what they do? Who appointed you God? If one is silly to declare a belief that God finds homosexuality sinful, why aren’t you silly for declaring the same of 10 wives?

    Like some atheists will tell you, “I simply disbelieve in one more God than a Christian,” I could easily say that most of you are just bigots to one less group of people than someone else.

  • Eric Goldschein

    Because nobody said anything about Mormonism and 10 wives and Islam.

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