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US: ESPN regrets ‘distraction’ of reporter’s ‘rebellion to God’ comments about Jason Collins

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  1. A sports reporter is suddenly initiating a “respectful discussion” (read: passing judgement) about sexuality, particularly a particular person’s sexuality’, on a sports network is at best inappropriate. I would say that most, if not all, of us do not turn to a sports channel – or a sports reporter – for our spiritual guidance.

    ESPN should be taking him off the air, not trying to camouflage his inappropriate behavior by labeling it a “distraction”.

  2. Marcwebbo3 1 May 2013, 6:30pm

    Bit of a wishy washy response from ESPN….they are a major sports channel and shouldve been more forceful and stopped the reporter from ever appearing on screen again if thats the sort of thing hes going to say

  3. What is “respectful” about calling someone’s sexual identity “a sin”?

  4. Chester666666 1 May 2013, 9:30pm

    He’s back-tracking and they are trying to play down his homophobia

  5. Robert Stoddard 1 May 2013, 11:02pm

    I will never watch ESPN again: I do not require religious instruction from a bigot.

  6. By “regret”, ESPN means “we’re absolutely thrilled that all the attention has been on us”.

    Which is why they’re not going to criticise Mr Broussard – for saying exactly what they expected him to say when they put him on air.

  7. ESPN or any other sports network is not the place to be spouting your religious claptrap!

    As a sports reporter you should be talking about sport, if you want to talk religion, move to the God channel, is on exists?

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