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:
“Homosexuality is an open rebellion to God” -a nigga that looks like a chewed up piece of Juicy Fruit.
— D’Brickashaw (@DragonflyJonez) April 29, 2013
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.