Seemingly afraid to take a hard stance one way or the other, ESPN has provided a lukewarm response to NBA reporter Chris Broussard‘s anti-gay remarks made during a special one-hour episode of the network’s “Outside the Lines,” dedicated to Jason Collins‘ coming out, on Monday (April 29).
“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,” the network said in a statement.
Broussard, who also writes for ESPN Magazine, came under fire after voicing his personal beliefs on homosexuality during the special. “If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that that’s a sin,” he said. “If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ.”
After his comments earned him media attention, Broussard took to Twitter to expound on the situation:
“Today on ‘OTL,’ as a part of a larger, wide-ranging discussion on today’s news, I offered my personal opinion as it relates to Christianity, a point of view that I have expressed publicly before. I realize that some people disagree with my opinion and I accept and respect that. As has been the case in the past, my beliefs have not and will not impact my ability to report on the NBA. I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement today and I have no objection to him or anyone else playing in the NBA.”
See? He thinks Collins is “brave” in his “open rebellion to God.” All better.