On April 29, 2013, basketballer Jason Collins became the first active NBA player to come out as gay. His courage to speak the truth was met with homophobic comments by Chris Broussard who writes for ESPN Magazine. While speaking on 'Outside the Lines' on ESPN, Broussard had this to say about Collins' coming out:
“Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle. 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. 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.”
We demand that ESPN denounce these homophobic and discriminatory comments. To this point ESPN has dismissed reaction to Broussard's comments by posting this statement on Twitter: "We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today’s news."
A distraction? Chris Broussard is not employed to represent the views of those who are opposed to LGBT equality. He is employed to write about sports. His comments about Collins were extremely inappropriate & should be challenged accordingly.
Watch the video clip here: Broussard talks about coming out of Jason Collins