ESPN’s Chris Broussard Clarifies Comments On Homosexuality
NBA analyst Chris Broussard sparked outrage when he spoke on his conservative Christian views of homosexuality on ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Monday. Broussard made the comments while discussing NBA player Jason Collins, who just made history as the first active male athlete from one of the four major American professional team sports to publicly come out as gay.
In expressing his disapproval of the gay lifestyle, Broussard cited his Christian background as the reason for his beliefs on the subject. “I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality,” he said. “I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is.”
Broussard added, “If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin … that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.”
Not surprisingly, Broussard’s comments angered many as they spread like wildfire through social media. The backlash forced the 44-year-old to address the controversy and clarify his comments via Twitter. “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,” said Broussard. “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.”