Chris Broussard responded to a direct question asked of him on ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
Here is what Chris said:
“I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is. L.Z. [Granderson, a gay sportswriter and ESPN contributor] knows that. He and I have played on basketball teams together for several years. We’ve gone out, had lunch together, we’ve had good conversations, good laughs together. He knows where I stand, and I know where he stands. I don’t criticize him, he doesn’t criticize me, and call me a bigot, call me ignorant, call me intolerant.
In talking to some people around the league, there’s a lot of Christians in the NBA, and just because they disagree with that lifestyle, they don’t want to be called bigoted and intolerant and things like that. That’s what L.Z. was getting at. Just like I may tolerate someone whose lifestyle I disagree with, he can tolerate my beliefs. He disagrees with my beliefs and my lifestyle, but true tolerance and acceptance is being able to handle that as mature adults and not criticize each other and call each other names.”
Chris went on to say this today – which he also said on Outside the Lines:
“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. 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.
They asked him what he thought of homosexuality. He answered. Respectfully. And in the interview, Chris was equally clear that homosexuality wasn’t the only sin that was offensive to God – adultery, fornication – all kinds of other heterosexual sin. AND Chris never said that Jason’s orientation should affect whether or not he should play in the NBA.
But Chris isn’t being heard. Quite honestly, it was an incredibly articulate explanation by Chris. I have seen a few people actually retract what they said about Chris AFTER they went back and heard what he said themselves instead of reading the twitter feeds. Even those that disagree with his sentiments have commented on how articulate and non-hateful his comments were.
Personally, I’ve found a new favorite sports commentator. I’m still pretty impressed how Chris handled himself and continues to handle himself. Speaking the truth in love has one more outstanding face.