ESPN's Chris Broussard Takes Heat For Homophobic Reaction To Jason Collins' Coming Out

by
Owen Poindexter
ESPN is probably not a homophobic organization, on the whole, but it is in danger of getting that label after completely botching its coverage of Jason Collins becoming the first active professional major sport athlete to come out as gay.

ESPN is probably not a homophobic organization, on the whole, but it is in danger of getting that label after completely botching its coverage of Jason Collins becoming the first active professional major sport athlete to come out as gay. At the time of writing they had switched the Collins story to their top article, but for most of the day, their front page looked more like this:

Yes, that's the more or less foregone conclusion that Tim Tebow had been released by the New York Jets, not a groundbreaking announcement in the most active civil rights movement today.

However, ESPN's cable network was filling in where the website was failing, giving ample airtime to Collins' coming out. That's when they thought they would liven things up by bringing out known homophobe Chris Broussard. Broussard is a strict Christian, and he considers being gay to be a sin.

Hey, everyone's entitled to their opinion, and ESPN did have LZ Granderson, an openly gay reporter speak to Broussard's comments just after. Still, this was a dicey follow up for the website's poor coverage. Not trying to marginalize Broussard, but I might ask him, what makes the devout Christian perspective important here?

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