Regarding the Coming-Out of NBA Player Jason Collins

Chief Esparza April 30, 2013 0
Regarding the Coming-Out of NBA Player Jason Collins

On Monday, regarding the coming-out of NBA player Jason Collins, ESPN commentator Chris Broussard said this:

“If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.”

And today, ESPN said this, in a statement on Twitter:

“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.”

In 2003, Rush Limbaugh, in his short term as an ESPN commentator, said this:

“I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve.”

And ESPN released this statement in response:

“Although Mr. Limbaugh today stated that his comments had ‘no racist intent whatsoever,’ we have communicated to Mr. Limbaugh that his comments were insensitive and inappropriate.”

And then they fired him. But Chris Broussard still has a job for what he said. Demean the Gays, but protect African Americans. This is why homophobia exists in sports– gay men dont even get the credit they deserve (a two-tweet response?) from the dominant source of sports journalism in the country. But what would else would you expect from ESPN when they only pay lip service to the new slave trade–the measure of African American males solely by their physical attributes for the enrichment of an owner class of white males–that they implicitly support.

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