Chris Broussard seems to think that Jason Collins isn’t a good Christian.
The ESPN NBA reporter is now taking a lot of heat on social media for his controversial comments made earlier today on Outside The Lines.
As everyone in the world knows, Jason Collins has come out as the first openly gay active player in the NBA or of the major sports for that matter. The California native and Stanford graduate was drafted by the Houston Rockets in 2001 as the 18th overall pick in the first round, but he played his first seven seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets (who are now the Brooklyn Nets). In addition to the Nets, Boston Celtics, and Washington Wizards, the journeyman center has also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Atlanta Hawks.
In his Sports Illustrated article, Collins indicated that he is a Christian which evidently didn’t sit well with Chris Broussard, who said the following:
“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, adultery, fornication .. .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.”
In a separate ESPN segment, Broussard said that Collins. 34, is a great guy and well respected around the league, but that for reasons of political correctness, most players will be publicly supportive of him. He added that Collins’ announcement has less of an impact because at this stage of his career, he is a mediocre player. The impact of this announcement would have been earth-shattering, according to Broussard, if Collins was an NBA superstar.
Do you think that ESPN should or will discipline Chris Broussard for these comments about Jason Collins that brings religion into the discussion?
I wonder if Chris Broussard thinks that an NBA player impregnating dozens of unmarried women is committing as big a sin as homosexuality?
— Tommy Rico (@TommyRicoSuave) April 29, 2013
Watch the video of Chris Broussard’s comments about Jason Collins on Outside The Lines: