After Washington Wizards basketball player Jason Collins announced he was gay in Sports Illustrated magazine, the developing news story took an unusual turn. ESPN anaylst Chris Broussard was asked his opinion:
"Now Chris, he mentioned in his article, Jason, that he's a Christian as well. So what's your take on that?
Chris Broussard's response:
“Personally I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals,” Broussard said. ”If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that’s a sin. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be. I think that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.”
Could NFL team owners and coaches fear that Tim Tebow would make a similar comment? Sports commentator Bruce Hooley tweeted about this possibility.
While the predictable attacks on Chris Broussard's religious beliefs have appeared in the media, there have also been numerous Christians showing their support for Broussard through social media. Here is a sample of some of the better known defenders of Broussard:
Professional golfer Bubba Watson thanked Broussard publicly for speaking on behalf of Christianity.
Herman Cain tweeted in defense of free speech.
Hip hop performer Shai Linne tweeted that Broussard's critics have a problem with God.