Late Monday evening, ESPN’s NBA reporter Chris Broussard issued a statement on Twitter in response to his remarks on Monday on “Outside the Lines” about how he felt his Christian beliefs led him to personally believe that openly homosexual people–like NBA player Jason Collins–are “walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.”
Broussard said that he merely “offered my personal opinion as it relates to Christianity, a point of view that I have expressed publicly before,” and emphasized that he thought “Collins displayed bravery” by coming out and becoming the first male openly gay athlete in major American team sports. He also noted that his beliefs “have not and will not” impact his ability to report on the NBA. ESPN had earlier expressed “regret” at Broussard’s comments while liberal outlets predictably attacked him. Broussard, though, did not apologize. His statement can be seen below:
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.