It hasn’t even been a full 24 hours since Jason Collins came out as a gay man on the cover of Sports Illustrated, making him the first openly gay professional athlete in American team sports, and, while many are praising the former Washington Wizards center for his bravery, others haven’t been so kind.
Not only did Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace share a less-than-supportive message on Twitter, now ESPN’s Chris Broussard has taken the opportunity to rail against what he described as the unrepentantly sinful nature of homosexuality.
Appearing in a special one-hour episode of the network’s “Outside the Lines” on Monday (April 29) meant to cover the immediate effects Collins’ coming out will have on the NBA, Broussard launched into his tirade, saying, “Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly, like premarital sex between heterosexuals.”
Broussard continues, “If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits. It says, you know, that’s a sin.” In response to Collin’s assertion that he identifies as a Christian himself, Broussard says, “If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, 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.”
The ESPN Magazine columnist, who has appeared on the network since 2004, also implied that there were plenty of others in the NBA who felt the same, but had misgiving about openly saying so.
“As a Christian, I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin,” Broussard repeats. “There are a lot of Christians in the NBA, and just because they don’t agree with that lifestyle, they don’t want to be called bigoted and intolerant.”