Abby Wambach Talks Kissing Her Wife In Front Of World-Renowned Homophobe Chris Broussard
Chris Broussard believes in traditional lifestyles, which he's made very clear on a number of occasions. He's even written about his "support" of gay athletes by walking a confusing (ultimately hypocritical) line, allegedly accepting them while simultaneously condemning their lifestyle as "an open rebellion to God." That's some tough language about, ya know, other people's loving relationships, but sure, whatever. The point is, he's not stupid enough to come right out and say he think all gay people deserve to burn in hell, but he's saying they will.
Let's be honest, his views on sexuality puts his understanding of human nature somewhere between the middle ages and 1920. That's fine. Go for it.
Today, on ESPN's "His & Hers" program, Broussard filled in for Michael Smith, who is currently on vacation like many of the network's talking heads this time of year. The same goes for Smith's co-host, Jemele Hill, who was replaced by Kate Fagan -- a very smart, telegenic, cool, former college basketball player who happens to be openly gay. Apparently she's used to being around conservative Christians who aren't huge fans of her "lifestyle" (she wrote about her experience at the University of Colorado), so it's no surprise she handled her duties with grace. But it can't be easy calmly sitting across from Broussard -- a man who thinks she should and will burn for eternity because she prefers women -- and pretending she doesn't know what he really thinks about something she cannot change about herself.
Then Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger joined the panel, and that's when Fagan (perhaps unintentionally) put Broussard in an uncomfortable spot he most certainly deserves to be put in more often.
(Wambach, Rapinoe and Krieger are openly gay as well, by the way.)
"Abby, I want to talk to you about the moment after the game," Fagan said. "You went and found your wife, Sara."
Wambach and her wife shared a kiss after the USWNT won the 2015 Women's World Cup over Japan on Sunday.
"People don't understand how hard it is to be on the road all the time, away from your friends and family, your spouse, whom ever," Wambach said. "It's not easy."
For the record, Broussard believe marriage is between a male virgin and a female virgin.
"People don't understand relationships going long-term long distance. That was a defining moment for me and for her. I think it's important that people understand that being away is hard. I wanted to share that moment with her because she knows all the ups and downs going on in my life as an older player, whether I was starting or not starting. I just wanted to share that moment with her. it was actually on her because she was the one that forced the kiss."
At this point, I imagine Chris Broussard's mind started racing. "Don't tell the lesbians how you really feel, Chris. Keep it together, buddy. You can do this!" He restrained himself.
"She goes to kiss me, I was like, 'Ok.' She was so far down, literally hanging down. I was basically holding her, making sure she didn't fall. But it was awesome, and I think we all want to celebrate with our families."
And just when it seemed like they had moved past the filthiest depictions of hedonistic God-rebellion, Wambach went right back in, turning and looking Broussard directly in the eye as she delivered the line, "I have never been ashamed of my sexuality. Ever. I am not going to scream it from the rooftops, but I sure want to share that moment with my better half."
Broussard laughed it off, of course, then quickly changed the subject to Ali Krieger's naked photos in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue. Well played, straight dude. Well played.
- Megan Rapinoe described herself in one word on SportsCenter. It was funny.
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