ESPN sports analyst and senior editor for ESPN The Magazine Chris Broussard didn’t hold back when recently speaking his mind about Jason Collins coming out. During the segment Outside the Lines, Broussard aired his frustrations with the former Washington Wizards center hailed as the first active professional athlete to come out as gay.
In a heated rant, Broussard expressed:
“If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says, ‘you know them by their fruits,'” he said. “It says that, you know, that’s a sin and if you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality — adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals — whatever it may be, 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.”
Soon after, ESPN released a statement in response to Broussard, explaining that the programming channel regrets “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.”
Broussard wasn’t done giving his side of the story. He called into The Breakfast Club this morning after being crowned “Donkey of the Day” by Charlamagne Da God to further explain where he stands and defend his words.
When asked if he likes homosexuals, he quickly responded, “I’m fine with homosexuals. I have no problem with homosexuals. I’m a Christian, but I come across all kinds of people who are living lifestyles that I don’t agree with.” He then went on to explain that he and fellow sports journalist, LZ Granderson, who is openly gay, are good friends and “play ball together.”
Things got interesting when Charlamagne challenged Broussard asking him what makes him so perfect. Broussard responded, “I think you misinterpreted what I was saying. I don’t think that I’m perfect, I’m just striving to be Christ-like.”
Listen below for the rest of the interview and tell us what you think about Broussard’s comments.