05/01/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
U.S. – A Christian group is calling for the suspension of an ESPN writer after anti-gay comments were made by him on air. As reported by The Wrap, the group, Faithful America, reacted to comments made by Chris Broussard on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” referencing NBA player Jason Collins’ publicly admitting that he is gay.
The group launched a petition online calling for Broussard’s suspension.
The petition is quoted in the report as stating, “Chris Broussard’s hateful attack on Jason Collins for being gay was an unacceptable misrepresentation of the Christian faith… ESPN must immediately suspend Chris Broussard and guarantee that their network will never again be used for gay bashing.”
Broussard’s comments, which denounced homosexuality, referring to it as “open rebellion to God,” drew sharp criticism online.
ESPN is further quoted as releasing the statement following the controversy this week, “We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from Monday’s news. ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins’ announcement.”
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