Professional basketball player, Jason Collins, came out in recent days in a Sport Illustrated article and announced that he is a homosexual. According to news reports, he is the first athlete in the four major men’s professional sports leagues to do so. The media was quick to celebrate his announcement. Report after report lauded his courage, boldness, and honesty. According to the Huffington Post, President Obama called Collins to express his support and was impressed with Collins’ courage. First Lady Michele Obama tweeted her support for Collins. One would think the leader of the free world would have more pressing issues to deal with than who an NBA player is having sex with, but that is another issue for another day.
ESPN Analyst, Chris Broussard, was asked to reconcile Collins’ reported faith with his homosexuality on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” Broussard, an outspoken Christian, said it was not a union supported by biblical teachings. “Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly, like premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you are living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that’s a sin,” said Broussard. “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.” A firestorm followed, with calls for Broussard to be fired for his comments. So far, ESPN has not taken such action. [Read more...]