ESPN sportscaster very upset that NBA’s Jason Collins is a gay sinner

ESPN’s Chris Broussard is very upset to hear the news that NBA player Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards is gay.

ThinkProgress has some of the transcript:

BROUSSARD: Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly, like premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits. It says that, you know, that’s a sin. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, 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 them as a Christian.

That’s okay, hon, cuz I wouldn’t characterizes you as a Christian either.

ESPN's Chris Broussard

ESPN’s Chris Broussard

As for Broussard being against Jason Collins having premarital sex, um, how exactly does Chris Broussard have such intimate knowledge of what kind of sex Jason Collins is or isn’t hhaving?  Just sayin’…

And yeah, he’s against premarital sex.  He’s probably also against gay marriage.  Which means he’s not really against premarital sex, he’s against gays having sex at all.  And it’s even more than that.  Let’s take sex out of the equation – he’s okay with two gay guys moving into together and not having sex?  Is he okay with two guys kissing?  Doubtful.

Oh, and the Miami Dolphins’ Mike Wallace stepped into it as well.

Maimi Dolphins Mike Wallace

Yeah, because that’s why people are guy – because they haven’t been paying attention to all the beautiful women around them. Uh huh. Oh, and SMH is Internet slang for “shaking my head” (I had to look it up).  To its credit, the Dolphins management immediately swatted him down:

“Mike Wallace has apologized for his comments, and we have addressed the matter with him. Mike’s comments do not reflect the views of the Miami Dolphins. We believe in a culture of inclusiveness and respect, and any statements to the contrary are in no way acceptable to our organization. We will address the entire team about our policy of inclusion and make sure they all understand the importance of respecting individual choices.”

In better news, Michelle Obama is proud:

Here’s ESPN’s Chris Broussard working his inquisitorial magic:


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  • pappyvet

    I would like to live in PEACEFUL coexistence with everyone. But when you assault and brutalize someone else like the Knicks fan gay bashers,thats another thing. A hateful thing,and cannot be allowed.
    Jason Collins finally took a stand. Should he have done it long ago and not involved others in an attempt to cover it up? Yes. But in the climate he lives in,that is so much easier said than done.
    You do not have to state that you are black. It’s somewhat obvious. The hatred and racism whether hard or soft will be there. And yet many stood up for themselves and invited the hatred and shone the light of day on it. In that regard,what Collins did by coming out was very brave.

    Now if you have certain “beliefs” that comfort you,fine. Are there certain “beliefs” that some hold that they feel gives them a right to use to interfere with someone elses life? Absolutely. So you must stand.

    Coexisting only works if EVERYONE is willing. Hypocritical is the expectation that verbal bruising will not lead to self defense.

  • nannasin smith

    it becomes the truth when enough people continue saying it.
    1N5819

  • samizdat

    You’re an idiot. Criticizing his views does not infringe on his rights to speech. I can mock him (and you; it’s too easy) in any way, shape, or form, and it wouldn’t stop him from saying what he thinks…unless he’s a pussy. As for “agenda”, asking for the same rights as us heterosexuals (why, yes, I dig chicks, not dicks) is not an “agenda”. It’s as f***ing American as apple pie, mom, and baseball. What would you prefer, confinement in a prison work/death camp?

    Listen, bud, if you take away or restrict the rights of gays and others, you’re doing the same thing to my human rights. Or, as your friend Jeebus H. Christ once said, “whatsoever you do to these, the least of my brothers, so you do unto me”. You remember that, right? There are very few–VERY few–people whom I have met in my life in whom I see the deeds and words of your pal Jeebus…and you ain’t one of ‘em. My mom, yes. Mother Mary Jones, yes. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., yes. You? Jesus would have seen right through your hateful hypocrisy.

    Maybe you should go back and read the Sermon on the Mount again. Seeing as how it was one of the last public assemblies where Jesus spoke to a large group of followers, I would bet that this was his last attempt to get the true meaning of his word to stick before he died. Pull the beam out of you own eye first.

  • Butch1

    No, I don’t care. What does religion have to do with sports? You don’t start out calling someone a “dummy.” He deserved to be called an “Ass.”

  • TheHolyRoller

    So he’s a holy roller hypocrite because he answered a question honestly from his OWN Freedom of Speech? Why is it that when someone disagrees with the gay AGENDA, homosexuals start violating their own No Bullying campaign? What does that make you samizdat? A bully and a hethon (the opposite of a “holy roller”).

  • ProudHeterosexual

    You care, Butch1! That’s why you’re typing crass words LOL.

  • ProudHeterosexual

    At the end of the day Kelly…YOU ARE RIGHT!!!! All these people leaving stupid remarks are homosexuals who are angry at everyone who disagrees with their AGENDA!!!! Good for you KELLY…stand up and speak. BTW..Taxpayer…you act like heterosexual kids don’t get bullied? and imaginaryGHOST – your imagination just went wild and you started BULLYING Kelly which is what you friend Taxpayer was just complaining about. WOW!

  • Balti-man

    The hate and closed mindedness toward people with a different opinion of Jason Collins’ lifestyle is no less ignorant and bigotted than those most on the other side are accusing of his critics. Whatever happened to this “coexist” crap the left spews? I guess it only pertains to agreeing with them, otherwise let the name-calling and venom fly. Pretty damn sad and hypocritical if you ask me.

  • caphillprof

    I don’t get the notion of “it scares the bejeezus out of them”

  • Ninong
  • Butch1

    I imagine the person is just not big enough in their eyes and they have to make them even bigger. In Twain’s and Lincoln’s case wittier.

  • Taxpayer

    On the contrary, Jason Collins protects kids: He protects gay kids from killing themselves. He also help protects all kids from homophobic bullying.

  • Ninong

    A lot of the quotes attributed to Mark Twain over the years were created out of thin air long after his death. Sort of like the famous Patrick Henry quotation: “Give me liberty, or give me death.” No one remembers Henry ever saying that. His biographer appears to have made it up out of thin air years after Henry’s death.

  • Ninong

    Isn’t seven years a little long to be a fiancée?

  • imaginaryGHOST

    That’s right. Cos being gay is such a choice. Kids will take one look at him and start wanting to be gay. Idiot. Dumbass. Moron. Imbecile.

  • Butch1

    Ass! Who cares?

  • JRS75

    Dear John,

    How Christaphobic of you. So intolerant of other people’s beliefs, right or wrong, agree or disagree.

  • bru

    dummy he was asked weather he thought collins was a cristian

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.grill.33 Kelly Grill

    Children are being sent the wrong message. Children look up to athletes as role models. It is not okay for children to see Jason Collins being cheered on by the public. Because he is gay. Even the President, for God’s sake. We are not protecting our kids; they deserve a lot better. Collins deceived his fiancee for 7 years, asked her to marry him, then he dumped her, no explanation given. He only let her know this past weekend, 2 days before his Sports Illustrated interview was published. What a jerk.

  • Butch1

    Actually, we are both wrong! ;-) I’m attaching an article that gives the real source of the quote besides another version of it that may have the same meaning from Proverbs. I think you will agree with me once you read it that along the way people have a way of just deciding that certain people “say things” and then it becomes the truth when enough people continue saying it.

    http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/05/17/remain-silent/

  • SkippyFlipjack

    those fired from ESPN?

  • rmthunter

    Every source I’ve seen attributes that phrasing to Lincoln. Twain is also credited with a similar quote, and there are aphorisms along the same lines going all the way back to Proverbs.

  • Butch1

    I think it was Mark Twain who actually said that.

  • Butch1

    This “god” is pretty crazy it it needs to constantly be patted on the head and reassured that it is number one and there are no others or it will be cruel to everyone. That is one unbalanced and insecure god. Who would want to worship a god that unstable?

  • Butch1

    This guy needs to be fired. Who cares if he doesn’t think he’s a “christian.” What does his religion have to do with him in sports? This homophobe is part of the problem with sports.

  • mpeasee

    …talk about fruit.

  • karlInSanDiego

    Why do we have to accept that this is an uncomfortable thing for athletes? If they think there weren’t gays in the locker rooms before Jason came out, they’re ignorant. If they think gay athletes will take advantage of sneaking a peak at their teammates, they need to go back to 7th grade and retake gym class. Yes it’s mortifying to be naked in the lockerroom when you first do it. That’s because we’re a stifled society ashamed of our nudity. Gym class is where most learned to eventually get over other people seeing their junk. Sexual orientation should have no factor in this any more than where a gay man or women should urinate at a public bathroom. You could argue there’s need for new lockerroom arrangements, but I don’t see it that way. If anything, we need to crack the misogynist issues between the sexes and get to a place where all people can see other naked people and not react in a sexual way.

  • Ninong

    ESPN’s position is that they respect Jason Collins’ right to choose to be a gay sinner living in sin but they wanted to put Chris Broussard on to give equal time to those who reject Collins’ right to be a gay sinner living in sin. See, the way ESPN looks at it, it’s a matter of choice and they respect Collins’ right to make that choice.

    As everyone knows, some people choose to live in sin as gay sinners and others don’t, but we should respect each individual’s right to choose. That’s why they presented both sides. They regret that some people chose to create a distraction from what was clearly a respectful discussion of personal opinions. Once again, they reiterated their official position of welcoming diversity in sports and praised Jason Collins for announcing his choice to live in sin.

    This so-called “respectful discussion of personal opinions” was known in advance. Those two guys have had that discussion before, which is why Broussard was asked the question in the first place. It was his job to represent ESPN’s other position. Sort of like the way CNN always calls on hate group leader and anti-gay expert Tony Perkins every time they need someone to present the other side to any gay-related issue.

  • BlueIdaho

    No just the mormons do that.

  • Whitewitch

    I know – I have a most excellent friend that struggles to combine belief with reality. Here’s hoping the chains come off.

  • samizdat

    Dear Chris Broussard,

    STFU, you holy roller hypocrite.

    Signed,

    The internet.

  • Duke Woolworth

    Broussard will soon find himself in a smaller minority than gays.

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    The Bible also makes it pretty clear that God isn’t cool with you unless you’re willing to kill your kids in his honor.

    So… I’m going to spare myself the favor of this particular god if that what it takes.

  • kingstonbears

    “The bible says you know them by their fruits”? Hey, some of my best friends are fruits, me included.

  • bpollen

    I love that quote, or it’s many variations. And, if you should have to interact with the police, DO NOT FORGET IT!!!

  • rmthunter

    I’ve found this quote coming in very handy lately to deal with these kinds of situations:

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

    – Abraham Lincoln.

    Mr. Broussard, when it comes right down to it, no one cares what you think.

  • bbock

    “We will address the entire team about our policy of inclusion and make sure they all understand the importance of respecting individual choices.”

    While I appreciate the Miami Dolphins quick reaction to that bozo’s homophobic comment, it’s not a choice. RELIGION is a choice.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I lived in LA when he had one of his circuses. He drove a big ‘ol Jag while he was there and went tooling around looking for sex workers in such a sex frenzy that didn’t notice the news vans following him.

    They interviewed the sex worker and she described him as a porn addict and he hustled his ass out of Dodge.

    Here’s a photo from google images of his humble abode:

  • Ninong

    Jimmy Swaggart is the hypocrite who used to take cheap hookers to a sleazebag, by-the-hour motel on Airline Hwy. Then he went into his “I have sinned” sermon, crocodile tears and all, begging forgiveness for his sins.

    You wouldn’t believe all the buildings he built in Baton Rouge for his Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. What a scam!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I know. Here, you can use my packets of gravel.

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ Papa Bear

    but…but…but…then what can we do with our stereotypes?
    8-O

  • Bill_Perdue

    “I am not Roman Catholic…”

    I don’t care what cult you’re involved in. My comment was about all the cults but with a special emphasis on special crimes of the baby rapers cult.

    http://www.jesusneverexisted.com/

  • Skeptical Cicada

    Sadly, too many gay men lack the strength to break free from a religion that has brutalized us with impunity for a millennium and remains lukewarm, at best.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I guess that means they didn’t follow my advice and fire him.

    Cult inspired hate speech is the direct and major cause of discrimination, harassment and violence. It should be banned for the same reasons the Germans ban Nazi paraphernalia.

    It invites murder.

  • Skeptical Cicada

    No, we do not have to accept or coddle bigotry from anyone. What the fuck is wrong with you?

  • Ninong

    ESPN knew in advance exactly what Broussard was going to say. That’s why they asked him that question. That wanted him to say exactly what they knew he would say because they wanted to “present both sides.” You know, like CNN always goes looking for hate group leader Tony Perkins whenever they need an expert anti-gay opinion on something.

  • Ninong

    After several hours, ESPN finally issued a statement about the Broussard bruhaha. They called it “a respectful discussion of personal opinions.” They “regretted” that a respectful discussion of personal opinions “led to a distraction.”

    Then they expressed their continuing support for diversity in sports and praised Jason Collins for his courageous announcement.

  • keirmeister

    I always find it interesting how bigots think anyone gives a f*&k about their opinion about things that DON’T AFFECT THEM.

    And, frankly, anytime you base your entire incoherent reasoning on “GAWD” and The Bible, it pretty much means you don’t have the first clue what you’re talking about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-J-Bailey/1055197089 Matthew J Bailey

    Mike Wallace was clearly not being malicious, and soon apologized fully. We have to accept that this is an uncomfortable thing for athletes. Right or wrong, that’s a reality we should be patient with…

  • emjayay

    How do you know? Maybe it’s all pure polyester.

  • emjayay

    But some of them built extremely nice churches and commissioned or wrote some of the greatest music ever created and some of the vicars have given quite lovely sermons and are very nice people. And some of them pick out and preach the good bits, particularly of the Jesus part, instead of the bad parts, mostly from the older material. So they’re not ALL bad. If theoretically based on an imaginary sky daddy.

  • kevinbgoode

    Some amazing tweets from an array of national sports, entertainment and political figures in support of Collins’ announcement.

    http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/post/_/id/9223792/reaction-jason-collins-announcement

  • PeteWa

    see? I’m powerless and can do nothing less than fulfill the whims of my angry god, sigh.

  • Jim Olson

    Your zeal is blinding you, friend. I am not Roman Catholic, and I share your abhorrence of the things perpetrated in the name of Religion. But I work every day to try to make the world a better place, and I choose to do so in the name of God. I wish you well.

  • Ted Hayes

    A bumper sticker on my former automobile read, “God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts.”

  • Bill_Perdue

    Religion is the enemy. Religion is humankind’s greatest tragedy.

    Religion breeds right wing politics and often promotes fascism.

    Superstitious cultists are often quite insane and many are sociopaths.

    It’s time to create laws and regulations that tax the cults, forbids them to have
    any political affiliation and forbids them to interfere in civil and political affairs
    under any circumstances.

    It’s time to arrest both popes, the college of cardinals, bishops and archbishops as accessories to rape, child molestation and the murder of workers, students and radical youth. It’s time to criminalize cult interference in civil affairs, like marriage, adoption, divorce and etc.

    It’s time to appoint a Special Prosecutor attached to the World Court to arrest and prosecute them.

    It’s time to expropriate all cult wealth in real estate, precious metals and gems, etc., to compensate their victims,

    It’s time to secularize their schools, colleges, medical and ‘charitable’ venues to prevent rape

    It’s time to get real and get mean.

  • Jim Olson

    I’m not trying to help my cause one way or the other. I’m only pointing out to Mr. Perdue that his very broad brush painting of all Christians is inaccurate. Believe me, I understand the very deserved approbation that Christianity gets from the gay community.

  • Dale

    I din’t realize that ESPN had merged with EWTN.

  • Ted Hayes

    Broussard needs to see my t-shirt: “Will God judge me for loving or judge you for hating?” And whom will God respect more, Collins for his courage and honesty or Broussard for his cowardly hypocrisy?

  • wbnyc

    Guys, call in! They are taking live calls. Better than just posting on sites – let them know we’re watching. I spoke with a really polite man just now who said he’s forwarding these calls up the ladder.

  • nicho

    I’m not talking about adolescents. They tend to be very superficial. There are a lot of ugly college students that aren’t getting laid — by either sex.

  • nicho

    The funiest thing about this is that Broussard displays total ignorance about the bible. “By their fruits you shall know them” had absolutely nothing to do with people’s sexual activities. It was specifically about Broussard and other of his ilk — false prophets. But like so many other Christians, Broussard makes bold, definitive (and usually bigoted) statements just plucking phrases from the bible — without knowing what they refer to — because they seem to support their position.

  • Sweetie

    Bigots are often especially offended by “openly” (honestly) gay people because when gay people are honest, they are directly refusing to adhere to the second-class status that bigots demand. They are rejecting heterosexual supremacy.

    That pisses off bigots.

    When a gay person lives in the closet and bigots know this, then the bigot feels more comfortable because they can believe that even the gay person buys into the supremacy hierarchy.

  • Sweetie

    A lot of people do it for political opportunism, the same reason so many kids bully other kids.

    One of the unfortunate facts of humanity is competitiveness that results in exploitation, abuse, bullying, et cetera. People like to have power, and if they perceive the ability to get more of it by denigrating others many will.

  • Sweetie

    Come to my university and we’ll see about that.

  • Skeptical Cicada

    No, Jim, a gay man’s legitimate disdain–if not fury–toward Christianity–virtually every sect of which has been condemnatory until very recent years and most every sect of which remains so today–is not comparable to anti-gay bigotry. You don’t help your cause by falsely equating them.

  • FLL

    From Broussard’s comment:

    “…the Bible says you know them by their fruits.”

    That’s just hilarious, Broussard. Some Deist Founding Fathers were Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Ethan Allen, and Thomas Paine, all of whom could have said about their Xtian detractors:

    “You know them by their nuts.”

    Now look who doesn’t have a sense of humor.

  • bjtwuk

    Parise Thor.

  • Skeptical Cicada

    To borrow from the President…
    What a jackass!

  • cole3244

    i presume broussard must be in favor of marriage equality then, so gays don’t have to resort to having sexual relations outside of marriage, thanks chris for your progressive attitude, lol lol lol!

  • dula

    Didn’t sports commentators used to use their platform to try and keep players of color out of White competition?

  • Jim Olson

    Mr. Perdue, you have an awfully narrow view of Christianity, and I encourage you to do some research. I repeat; your broad brushing of Christians makes you no better than Broussard.

  • nicho

    At his pay grade, more likely private sex parties in whatever major city he inhabits or visits. These are very common for high-profile people. They’re very common for men on the down low.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The first half of your sentence ‘Not all Christians are bigots’ is wrong unless the cult members in question denounce christer tradition and their bible, because both are loaded with expressions of bigotry and superstition. I don’t think that the MCC and UU cults do that. I believe both continue to reference christer superstitions.

    If a cultist wanted to renounce their tradition of madness and superstition and pray to ‘whom it may concern’ I think people might feel they’re a little quaint or peculiar but not connect them to the rancid bigotry of the christer cults.

    ‘not all bigots are Christians’ is correct’. Bigotry is endemic in three Abrahamic super cults and in other cults but even there much of it seems to be due to the efforts of European and American christer/colonial influences.

  • nicho

    The gay community, contrary to popular belief, is very accommodating to people of all sizes, shapes, ages, and looks. There’s someone for everyone.

  • nicho

    Boston Red Sox congratulate Collins. They say he can throw out the first pitch anytime he wants.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2013/04/red_sox_voice_s.html

    OTOH, how do they know he’s not a “catcher?”

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Jehovah commands it.

    Oops. Damn.

  • Stev84

    He was asked that stupid question, but the correct answer was “This is about sports and not religion. Having a religious debate about this in public would be extremely inappropriate”.”

  • Stev84

    We certainly known Christians by their fruits

  • Bose

    Strikes me as comical that, out of all the possible responses, Broussard’s basic whine is that Collins goes to the “wrong” church, or at least hangs out with the “wrong” Christians because they’re not rebuking him like Broussard’s church would.

    I’d just like to know how many weddings he’s attended featuring a bride and groom who had zero sexual experience — with anyone, including each other — until after they tied the knot. And on the flip side, has he boycotted weddings between couples who were already parents together, or previously divorced, because because their “open rebellion to God” proved that they were not actually Christians? How many other NBA players has he called out for “openly living in unrepentant sin” on ESPN, for example by becoming parents and forming families without marrying?

    Silly questions, of course… This is the first time he’s on record for mentioning “sin” in his career.

  • PeteWa

    I don’t want to, but we don’t have a choice.

  • Jim Olson

    Not all Christians are bigots, and not all bigots are Christians. I happen to be Christian clergy, and openly gay. Please don’t paint with such a broad brush; makes you no better than Broussard.

  • lmsinca

    Well that didn’t take long, did it? I frequently turn in to ESPN for my religious education btw.

  • Jim Olson

    Oh, I hope Mr. Brossard gets called on the carpet.

  • Bill_Perdue

    From Straight Grandmother at JMG – “You can contact ESPN by phone at 1-888-549-3776 (then Option #3). Please do so. They are manning the phones and writing down the complaints”

    Apparently a number of people have called and their complaints were noted.

  • Jim Olson

    The article in SI indicates that he does.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Broussard is a christian, aka, a bigot.

    Jason Collins is a hero.

  • WorldPeace

    I am so sick of people thinking the bible is anything other than man made fiction. All religions are BS, sorry you were brainwashed as a kid. Practice your make believe superstitions at home, but don’t quote the bible if you are trying to be taken seriously.
    Praise Batman!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The dude cuts his hair and trims his beard, his head is uncovered, and as near as I can tell, at least two of the visible articles of clothing he’s wearing are of mixed fabrics.

    And if he works for ESPN, there’s every chance he’s working on the Sabbath.

    I say stone him, as the Bible commands.

  • Bose

    He wrote quite a bit about his faith in his piece, as well as continuing to be on good terms with family members who are Christian and not distancing themselves from him.

  • Jim Olson

    Yeah, I caught that too. I wonder if Mr. Broussard is on the DL, and has a little somethin’ somethin’ on the side.

  • GaiusPublius

    A great post, John. The beauty of people coming out is that it forces people like Broussard to look like who they are — in public.

    GP

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “Know them by their fruits?” Oh, please. Yet another sex repressed bigot. Why do these losers get air time. Fruits know thy self and be proud!

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ Papa Bear

    What about us ugly guys? If it weren’t for women, we wouldn’t have anybody!

    :-)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The reasons fundamental Christians are so zealous about sin is because they are experts at it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zachary.smith.3914207 Zachary Smith

    *** So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the bible would characterize them as a Christian. ***

    This is intolerable.

    IMO, it’s also a firing offence, and a mealy-mouth ‘apology’ will not make things right.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Bigotry and intolerance are always ugly, aren’t they?

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    Like nighttime rendezvous with strangers in the woods at interstate rest stops?

  • kevinbgoode

    . . .and once again, some self-appointed spokesmodel for “Christianity” decides that he isn’t just a sportswriter, but an EXPERT in conservative-correct biblical interpretation. Therefore, clearly his opinion of someone else’s relationship orientation is of such importance to warrant an appearance on television to remind America that he is the arbiter of all-things-about-God.

    While I certainly understand the media loves controversy, one wonders why these clowns continue to get air time while those who are not members of their exclusive God club don’t ever get an opportunity to question their self-claimed trademark on an entire religion. Why is it that we don’t see anti-Catholics rushed onto the telly to babble on about why the Pope isn’t REALLY a true “Christian,” or the slavery-loving Southern Baptists challenged when they spout their “sincerely-held” evangelical beliefs by people who oppose the church.

    As long as the media gives these personally selected beliefs the special right to broadcast commentary on the rights of others (without ever having their own personally selected beliefs challenged), we all know why gay civil rights is still a continuing battle.

    It’s too bad no one could appear on television and simply ask Chris Broussard who appointed him the supreme spokesmodel and interpreter for God.

  • Whitewitch

    I am wondering if Jason Collins considers himself a Christian? I don’t consider myself a Christian, so when they call me a “sinner” or tell me I am not walking a righteous path I just giggle at them. Don’t you all?

  • Alexx

    Wouldn’t the logical heterosexual male response to Jason Collins be “Good, that means more hot women for me” ?

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    Hey, who other than a fine, fine Christian using a book that claims to be the word of god because it says it is the word of god to inform us atheists what this book claims against those that this guy has disgusting feelings for.

    Ain’t religion just the greatest thing other than the ScootAround?

    Otherwise, how in hell would I know whom to hate?

    Keep those prayer orders coming, FRC!

  • nicho

    I don’t think it’s that cut and dried. Many straight men have some homoerotic feelings from time to time. It doesn’t mean they’re gay — but for many guys, it scares the bejeezus out of them and they compensate by indulging in actions ranging from “queer” jokes all the way to outright gay bashing.

  • FLL

    ESPN is owned by Disney? Disney?! Disney World in Orlando, Florida has a 5-day Gay Days celebration every year lasting from May 29 through June 2, and I’m sure they do something similar at Disneyland in California. This sportscaster is turning Disney-owned ESPN into the sports equivalent of the Christian Broadcast Network. Could this possibly be the look Disney is going for?

  • nicho

    All these hunky guys in the world and some guys still want to have sex with icky girls — SMH.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    funny, I just added a little joke to the post…

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Yes, could I come off more as my father – A) having to look it up, and then B) still getting it wrong!

  • S1AMER

    The crazier and more deranged our enemies become, the more absurd they appear to most people, and the more that benefits our cause.

  • caphillprof

    We keep learning that many of the people who protest loudest against gay people and gay rights are actually highly closeted or repressed homosexuals themselves. I suspect we’ll be in for a bumpy ride with many in major sports.

  • http://www.facebook.com/loualexander Lou Alexander

    “SMH is Internet slang for “shacking my head” (I had to look it up).”

    Probably just a typo by SMH means “Shaking my head.”

  • jasper

    my gaydar went off when I looked at the video.
    the gentleman doth protest too much

  • Kes

    Ridiculous (but maybe revealing?) how he kept emphasizing the problem was living “openly.” Apparently, if you’re willing and able to keep it a secret, then it’s totally fine. So long as we aren’t ruffling feathers down at the local church bake sale, it’s all good! Psh. To me, his choice of words there suggests he probably has something going on he isn’t too “open” about.

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