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Chris Broussard, On ESPN, Said That Being Gay (And Having Premarital, Heterosexual Sex) Is “An Open Rebellion To God”

Today’s big sports news was not the New York Jets releasing Tim Tebow, despite what ESPN’s early morning coverage suggested. It was that NBA veteran Jason Collins came out of the closet as the first active gay player in a major American sports. ESPN smartened up in the afternoon, though, airing a special edition of Outside the Lines. They brought on Chris Broussard, for some reason, and he made himself look really dumb. Lots of people are saying this will end his journalistic career, though that may be overstating things.

Here’s the quote:

Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestlye, or like, premarital sex between heterosexuals… it says that that’s a sin… I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. So, I would not characterize that person as a Christian, because I don’t think the Bible would characterize that person as a Christian.

Obviously, Chris Broussard can say whatever he wants about gay people, because Freedom of Speech! But people can also say what they want about Chris Broussard. That’s the beauty of it. They can even say things like this:

We can also link you to that one time he didn’t know how to spell the word, “Memphis.” As long as you don’t have premarital sex, or gay sex at all, you don’t need to pass the third grade to get on TV.

Mem-piss off, Chris Broussard.

(NOTE: Before going too crazy on Broussard, read his take on John Amaechi coming out a few years ago. Again, we don’t agree with it in the slightest, but you should read it to see his whole view, rather than just this cherrypicked quote. Also, ESPN really shouldn’t have put him on air; they were setting him up for failure.)

UPDATE: ESPN has released the following statement:

We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today’s news. ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins’ announcement.


  • higher consiousness

    Oh, it’s not cool to give one’s opinion on denouncing homosexuality but you can put “nigga” anywhere you like because its cool huh? Idiots

  • james robinson II

    so hes dumb because he isnt down with being gay

  • Sabyen91

    Don’t worry, nobody is going to force him to be gay.


    you can’t run a country by a book of religion
    not by a heap or a lump or a smidgeon
    of foolish rules of ancient date
    designed to make you all feel great
    while you fold, spindle and mutilate
    those unbelievers from a neighboring state


    you can’t run a sports league that way, either… but broussard isn’t bashing gays here, he’s merely making a simple statement of facts concerning an antiquated publication he seems to subscribe to…

  • MaximusItaliano347

    Why because he doesnt agree with the lifestyle. Ridiculous. He is expressing his view on the topic as well as premarital sex. If everyone doesnt follow along like sheep they are automatically labeled as horrible. That makes you no less tolerable than the folks you claim to be more pious than. Broussard never said that the gay and lesbian community should not be allowed to live there lives, only his position on the lifestyle.

  • Rob K

    Chris B is in fact a horrible sports writer BUT this Matt fuck who wrote this is even a worse person and writer because he is a blatant liar. As a writer Chris B is bad, but that’s it… Period him citing true Christian doctrine doesn’t make him worse. Everything he said is 100% in lock step with the book (bible). Hey Matt (dipshit) good luck challenging this as fact or not. You lose all day long because you willnever win this in a world dominated by believers and that includes Muslims whom also subscribe to it as sin. Lol this shows that writers like this talentless hack, Sports Grid and Deadspin period are liberal mouthpieces first and foremost. In short Chris B’s writing and coverage sucks but not nearly as bad as this writer does for lying to millions on the net and trying to stifle one simply spouting his beliefs as protected by put freedom of religion. good job loser!

  • Anonymous

    In some fairness he was asked a direct question on this he didn’t just throw it out there.

  • TexasBoy

    But also in fairness, he surely would know that ESPN is owned by The Walt Disney Company, with strong anti-discrimination policies. Sure any cast member sould be smart enough to not make such an on air statement. A short “No comment, I wish him well.” would have been the best route.

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

    i love the way i lie

  • Richard Lion

    I love that he is called “dumb” for adhering to his religious worldview. Chris Broussard is operating out of his religious framework. Within a Christian, Muslim, or Jewish worldview (more than half of the world espouses one of these ideologies), sexual sin- or any violation of the moral law- is considered rebellion against God. So is he dumb for being faithful to his religion? Sixty percent of Latinos disagree with homosexuality and fifty-nine percent of African-Americans disagree as well. Are they dumb? Do you disagree with pedophilia or beastiality? Are you dumb for thinking someone else’s sexual preferences are immoral? I think premarital sex, pornography, homosexuality, and staring at a woman lustfully are sinful. I’ve messed up in two of those four things. I’ve sinned. I’m just as bad as anyone else. I think what I did was immoral. Does that make me dumb? This is a long way of saying that it’s ignorant to simply call people dumb because they operate out of a different ideology than you. That’s…..dumb.

  • Richard Lion

    Thank you. This guy makes the right point. While I disagree and actually do believe the Bible is God’s word (and think the book has been used for a few more purposes than “mutilation”…come on dude, that’s pitiful), call the belief system dumb, not the person who ascribes to it dumb.

  • make moremoeny

    Chris Broussard is the MAN!!!! Dont Bow Down…Tell is like it is…

  • Jspurlock

    So because he stands by his belief which a lot of people also believe, he is dumb?

  • http://twitter.com/moving4wellness Bobby Fernandez

    Goes to show we reject messages of accountability in our society. If you heard hate in Broussard’s comments, you don’t think clearly.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah the LGBT can talk about their beliefs all day long, but not anyone who disagrees….God forbid that! Nothing was said hateful and he wasn’t just talking about homosexuals, but hetero as well.. But coverage is what they want…and that’s what they’re getting!! Shameful!

  • JohnMc

    The “Freedom of Speech” in the 1st Amendment applies to the GOVERNMENT passing laws prohibiting the practice, not private entities like ESPN. This seems to be really confusing to people.

  • Allyoop

    So, you found a comment with a derogatory – and might I add, ignorant – word in it to make your point? You could have chosen any other tweet that slammed him, but you chose that one. Oh, yeah…You’re so much better than him.
    *insert derisive snort*

  • http://twitter.com/kid_in_af1kicks Edward Mar

    this belongs on a blog. not news.

  • Crazy One

    So the man states his PERSONAL opinion which is what was ASKED ON THE SHOW, and you “Crucify Him” Why is it that whenever A Christian takes a Stand on an issue it’s wrong, but when people bash Christians it’s OK? Too much of a Double Standard!

  • Richard Tellthetruth

    Get your outdated facts right. These numbers you throw around are incorrect, especially within the Latino comunity. Next time say,”62% of Latinos support gay marriage” and those numbers are even going higher. These are highly religious people who are against abortion but support gay rights. That’s all.

  • HAHA.

    Ha Ha, crucify him? I get it, you made a funny.

  • Bon

    I’m sorry, I thought we lived in America where people could say what you want without fear of retribution for your opinions. Chris Broussard doesn’t hate gay people. He’s just giving his opinion on a subject that he cares about. I remember when the First Amendment was important.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001354362393 Bryce Kurtz

    whats wrong with a black person saying nigga?
    and nah its not cool to denounce homosexuality, they’re just people like us breh. jesus didnt say shit bout homosexuality, and its not weird just cuz u say so… let em be like they let us be

  • don’t care

    You disagree with a man’s views on homosexuality so you use tweet that contains a racial slur and demean him based on his spelling. In that case you are the go to person for all things civil.

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

    Then you came to the right place!

  • Anonymous

    yeah,,sportsgrid printing tweets with racial slurs in an article about intolerance.

    who read and then greenlit this article being published?

    perhaps THAT person’s journalistic career should end.

    racist MFers

  • Anonymous

    Bryce…..you are being played…

    sportsgrid editors are playing you by printing the tweet

    people who raised you have played you by not instilling any kind of pride or history in you

    bet they wouldn’t print under ANY circumstances person using slurs about other ethnic grous regardless of who wrote or said it

    you are playing yourself by not noticing and even defending them printing slurs

  • Anonymous

    which editor cleared your article and it’s reprinting of tweet with racial slur?

    in an article about intolerance?

    THAT’s the tweet you choose?
    How do you justify reprinting slurs?

  • luis

    Actually, the bible does call sexual immorality and homosexual acts a sin. The point is if you choose to act on it.


    reminiscent of perez hilton going after the beauty contestant for answering a question honestly…


    the first amendment does not guarantee anyone from being criticized for exercising their first amendment rights…

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.angle3 David Angle

    ACTUALLY. The Bible says not to eat seafood. Also, to don’t wear clothes made of different fabrics. Really. But we don’t follow that bullshit. So it’s all about ignoring obviously OUTDATED texts that were are not relevant to us. Gays are NORMAL people. They want to marry! Not with a dog…or a young girl…with the person they love. Just because the Bible says it does not mean you have to follow it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.angle3 David Angle

    So saying “Blacks are terrible and if you are black you should be ashamed?” Is that’s okay?

    And this IS an insult to those who are gay AND Christian. He is telling them that they are not a Christian. So…He may have his right to denounce and bully gays but people have the right to say their opinion on his opinions.

  • http://twitter.com/JStoesz9 StoJa9

    It amazes me how the people that scream “First Amendment!!” have utterly no fucking idea what it really means.

  • Luis

    You just took a whole load of passages out of context. I was aimply making a reply to the statement that bruce made. Fine dont believe the bible but have respect and dont call it bullshit. The outdated text you speak of has helped us develop a moral system.
    Why carry yourself away talking so recklessly “gays are normal blablabla” did i mention gays as abnormal? No. Dont post replies so judgementally and have some actual basis and full knowledge of what you speak of, you look like a fool with what you wrote but all the best..

  • Luis

    Another retarded response… How does your example of saying stuff about black people have anything to do with a person not agreeing with a lifestyle? Look, not everyone agrees with being gay so get over it, why is it that you can say anything you want these days but woah as soon as you mention gays youre headed for a fight. You know what fuck you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.angle3 David Angle

    Oh, so if you are gay and christian you aren’t a Christian? So that isn’t an insult to them at all? That’s just an opinion, right?

    Okay so: “If you are black and you have a fro you cannot be christian for you aren’t human?”

    And. No. It isn’t facts.

  • The Truth

    He made some good points. All i have to say is Man’s Legislation vs. Nature’s Law. Race vs. Conduct. We’ll see what the high courts will decide in June.

  • Joe Schotti

    Those passages are each derived from the first five chapters of the Old Testament, known as the Jewish Torah. Those laws were for the Jewish people. After Jesus Christ died, the holy scripture refers to the new testament in the following passage: “By calling this convenant “new,” he has made the first one obselete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” In other words, the Old Testament doesn’t mean much to modern day Christians. However, the New Testament, which Christians do follow, says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” As I can recall from the numerous gay pride celebrations, their love is obviously very proud. And not to mention, the new testament also consists of scripture which says, “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” It’s clearly a sin, and it is pointed out as such for a reason.

  • Joe Schotti

    What are you talking about?

  • Joe Schotti

    How is he discriminating?

  • Shad

    fuck gays

  • 51mom

    What an idiot, think before you speak! Oh maybe you won’t be speaking live any longer and being paid for it. Hope your neighbor is not gay, or your cousin, or your son or son-in-law, or future boss. You just made a mess of your life with your big mouth & personal thoughts. Wow, great way to create more ugliness and hate in this world. You certainly were not brought up right, teach your kids that they cannot have gay friends, gay teachers, etc… see where that gets you!

  • H4RL4N

    If you believe in the God and the Bible, then Broussard didn’t say anything revealing. The Book says what is says.

    If you don’t believe in God and the Bible, then what do you care what Broussard said? You don’t believe in sin.

  • H4RL4N

    I guess it would have been the best route, if you’re okay with selling out what you believe in to keep your job.

  • H4RL4N


  • TexasBoy

    How is simply keeping your opinion to yourself with a “no comment” selling out? His comments were inappropriate.

  • TexasBoy

    How is he not? Really, his comments make gay people, and he works with many in the media, seem “less than.” Much like they are not worthy of being because they don’t meet his standards of religious belief.

    If he had made the same comments about anyone else in the name of religion; Hispanics, White People, Women…there would be no question as to how inappropriate the comments are….but it seems to be fine to make such comments about gay people in the name of religion.

  • TexasBoy

    That book is open to interpretation, if not, there would be only ONE church, there would be no protestant religions. Jesus, in fact, said absolutely nothing about gay people.

  • TexasBoy

    The first amendment guarantees the Government will not impede upon your right of free speech. However, it does not guarantee there will be no consequences in response to what you’ve said.

    He could certainly be terminated or reprimanded by his employer or asked to leave a party at a private venue.

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

    It was a joke made by someone else. My point was, Chris Broussard can say offensive things towards gay people, but that will entice people to say offensive things to Chris Broussard. That tweet went viral, and was the best example IMO.


    i’m not religious and do not read the bible so you’ll have to ask someone else about the particulars on who qualifies for christianity… but you’re confusing beliefs with facts… lemme help you out… i do not believe homosexuality is a sin… but the fact that the bible is against it is indisputable… therefor, broussard is just following the basic tenants of his faith…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joy.l.dragland Joy Likens Dragland

    Below is also a decrying of homosexuality in the New Testament. Old or New, it is considered no bueno in the Biblical laws of God. Of course, the Bible also states “Judge not lest ye be judged” (Matthew 7:1) and “He who is without sin, cast the first stone” (John 8:7) , so I believe that it is the ultimate right of Jesus Christ to make final judgment on all of us, including the ways of our homosexual brothers and sisters; He loves them; he does not love their way, and as a consequence in their current state cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven, but here on Earth, their decisions which will ultimately be their demise in the afterlife are still theirs to make:

    Romans 1:21-27

    “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and to fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For which cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”


    a pundit saying “no comment”?… he was hired to express his opinion…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joy.l.dragland Joy Likens Dragland

    If you are gay, based on Biblical principles you are in rebellion against God’s final say in this matter. As long as you embrace this life, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I won’t try to convert. I am only stating what the principles in the Bible are. So, ipso facto, if you are gay, you are not conforming to God’s basic laws, and therefore NO, you cannot be a Christian. It’s not an opinion. It is based in Biblical verse, which is the handbook for all Christians. The rules and lifestyle governance stated in the Bible (The New Testament for Christians, although they still reference many items, such as the 10 Commandments from the Old Testament) are what are necessary to a Godly life on this Earth, and wavering from any of it to suit yourself is a sin, once again, based on Biblical principle. NOT AN OPINION.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joy.l.dragland Joy Likens Dragland

    David Angle, Christian AND gay is an oxymoron. You however, are just a moron.


    think before you speak = how dare you have an opinion…

    you do know, there is a remote possibility that his neighbors, cousins and bosses might be members of his church, right?… if he had kept his mouth shut would the bible read differently?…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joy.l.dragland Joy Likens Dragland

    Actually BREH, he did. Romans 1:21 – 27, to name just one…

  • Guest

    Actually, BREH, he did. Romans 1:21-27, look it up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.vogel.5205 Chris Vogel

    Of course, he is entitled to his opinion (and obviously has no problem expressing it), no matter how stupid or destructive. And so is everybody else (religious types never seem to get this because, after all they are always right and everyone who disagrees with them is wrong and evil). Here’s mine: Chris Broussard is an foolish, self-indulgent, willfully ignorant and malicious idiot. Religion doesn’t save you from any of this, or from being a bigot.

  • longshot7

    LOL – certainly you’re not claiming Jesus wrote The Book of Romans…

  • longshot7

    See above.

  • longshot7

    According to YOUR interpretation of the text. There are many Christians who disagree with you. It IS an opinion.

  • Silver mold

    This is the most unprofessional piece of Journalistic trash I’ve ever read. People LOVE to talk big about how we won’t progress as a society until we become more open minded but God forbid anyone to step forward and profess the bible. That’s a no-no. He didn’t call him a fag. He didn’t say he’s going to hell. He didn’t so much as make a gay joke about him. All he did was profess what the bible says and what he believes and ESPN has the nerve to issue an APOLOGY?!!? THAT’S a textbook example of bigotry my friends.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001354362393 Bryce Kurtz

    jesus didn’t write the bible… the bible says a lot of things that people don’t even look at

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001354362393 Bryce Kurtz

    actually that’s not jesus sir

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001354362393 Bryce Kurtz


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