Most tune into ESPN’s Outside the Lines on weekday afternoons for a smart, sober take on sports issues – a welcomed respite from the inane “embrace debate”-ideal that clouds the network’s typical gabfests. When news that Washington Wizards center Jason Collins had come out of the closet hit late Monday morning, the network appeared to be making up for its clumsy attempts to ignore the huge story initially by bringing Sports Illustrated scribe Franz Lidz (who helped Collins with his masterful column in SI) and ESPN.com writer Kevin Arnovitz for a reasoned, cheery take on Collins’ revelation.
After Lidz, and before we could get to Arnovitz, we had to sit through ESPN reporter Chris Broussard as he re-stated his dismissive take on homosexuality. Years ago Broussard referred to homosexuality as a sin; but the former New York Times NBA beat writer couldn’t possibly keep that line of thinking up – on record no less – in 2013, right? And not on Monday, when just about all reaction to Collins’ announcement was uniformly positive.
Apparently Chris wasn’t swayed. Here are his comments from his appearance on Outside the Lines, as transcribed by Ben Golliver from BlazersEdge and Sports Illustrated:
"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."