Do You Have A Problem With Chris Broussard’s Comments On Jason Collins? [POLL]
Jason Collins made history yesterday by becoming the first active player in major American sports to come out as gay. This is, by and large, a great thing that will hopefully lead us down a path of eventually not caring about the sexuality of anyone in this country and viewing everyone as equal. Some, however, including ESPN analyst Chris Broussard, are less enthusiastic about it, calling it an open rebellion to God.
This was Broussard yesterday talking about Collins being gay and a Christian, something he does not believe is possible. In Broussard’s defense, something that people seem to be ignoring, he also condemns straight people that have sex before marriage or commit adultery outside of their marriages.
Broussard is, of course, entitled to his opinion, but to many that opinion came off as incredibly insensitive. To others, this is just another example of the politically correct crowd, or “PC Police,” ruining an honest discussion about a current event.
To me, this is neither of those things. Chris Broussard could have come out and said “I could not be more in agreement with Jason Collins and his lifestyle” and it still would have been the wrong place to air his opinion, and here is why.
Broussard did this on Outside The Lines, the one program in ESPN’s repertoire that rebukes the First Take-esque mantra of “Embrace Debate,” choosing to focus on investigative reporting and high quality journalism over the race, gender, and sexuality baiting that Skip Bayless has popularized within the network.
Heck, OTL is the only show on ESPN that even consistently gives credit to the people that actual break big sports stories, rather than just categorizing non-ESPN sources as “sources,” like you routinely see on SportsCenter.
To be honest, any kind of opinionated discussion should be left off of OTL, just like any kind of in depth reporting skills are banished from First Take. ESPN realizes that trotting out Bob Ley or Jeremy Schaap to report on well researched sports news stories is the only thing saving them from being sports’ version of TMZ, hence why they will probably quietly suspend Broussard for a few days.
Again, this is not about which side of the argument Broussard fell into, it is about protecting the one program on the network with a shred of journalistic integrity.
With that said, that may not matter to an audience that doesn’t have a brand to protect and may want to hear, or not hear, what Broussard has to say on the subject.
So, did you have a problem with what Chris Broussard had to say about Jason Collins? Take the poll below and let us know.