ESPN analyst Chris Broussard is facing some heat after comments he made about Jason Collins‘ homosexuality on-air during an ESPN telecast.
In an episode of Outside the Lines, Broussard expressed his beliefs on homosexuality.
Broussard said, “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,” Adding, “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.”
“As a Christian, I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin,” said the popular sports analyst. “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.”
Quickly, media outlets, blogs and social media sites attacked Broussard for his comments.
After hearing all of the backlash, Broussard, used Twitter to explain his comments:
“Today on OTL, as 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.”
ESPN also released a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, apologizing for Broussard’s comments, saying: “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.”
On Monday, Collins became the first openly male gay athlete in an American team sport.