Broussard Responds To Jason Collins Coming Out: ‘I Think It’s A Sin’

While countless teammates, friends, celebrities and even The White House showed unconditional support for Jason Collins when the 12-year NBA veteran announced he’s gay, others didn’t share the same reaction, including ESPN’s Chris Broussard. On Monday’s episode of ESPN’s ‘Outside of the Lines,’ Broussard, a Christian, stated he’s against homosexuality in an editorial in 2009, and explained Monday that he believes homosexuality is a sin and living as an openly gay individual is “walking in open rebellion to God” – which can be viewed as extremely offensive to Collins, who identifies as a Christian.

His comments came under fire on Twitter and social media, but of course, Broussard is more than welcome to his own opinion – check out the  full quotes from the show, transcribed by Ben Golliver, Blazers Edge:

“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. [ESPN's] L.Z. [Granderson] 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 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 LZ 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.

“… Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals, if you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that’s a sin. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I do not think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.”

– Chis Broussard, ESPN, 4/29/2013



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