Chris Broussard drew nationwide attention when he went on ESPN's Outside the Lines Monday in the wake of Jason Collins coming out in Sports Illustrated and said homosexuality was a sin and a "rebellion against God." The transcript of his comments can be found here.
Broussard has been crushed and ESPN has been questioned for allowing him on air to provide his opinion for the story in the theater of an apparent debate with LZ Granderson. Broussard released a statement on his Twitter page yesterday only slightly walking back his position while supporting Collins' NBA career.
ESPN also released a statement committing to diversity and saying they regretted distracting from the news.
While the reaction to Collins' Sports Illustrated piece has been mostly positive, the fallout from Broussard's comments struck a chord. There has been plenty of multi-dimensional fallout from his stance on OTL as freedom of speech, religious beliefs in public life, tolerance, and more topics have all been lobbied around the internet.
Broussard's comments, and the reaction to them, struck a chord with me as well. So while we're being open and this important discussion is taking place, I feel the need to personally speak up. I posted some personal thoughts as a Christian and a sports blogger last night on my Twitter page and will repost them below after the jump if you are inclined to read further. It's something I strongly feel needs to be said in light of the reaction to Jason Collins' announcement.