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Anti-gay comments cost Craig James his broadcasting job

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Former NFL running back Craig James was once among the most prominent broadcasters in college football. But now he can’t seem to find a job at all.

James, who left his job calling college football at ESPN to run for the United States Senate in his home state of Texas, has failed in his attempt to return to broadcasting because of anti-gay comments he made during that Senate campaign.

During his campaign, James criticized another candidate for attending a gay pride parade, promised he would never do such a thing, and said that being gay is a choice and that gay people “are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.” ESPN confirmed shortly after James made those comments that James (who finished a distant fourth with 4 percent of the vote in the Republican primary) would not be welcome back at the network.

At the start of this college football season, FOX Sports Southwest announced that James would be one of its college football commentators. But a week later, James was out. And now FOX has confirmed that those anti-gay comments are the reason.

“We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department,” a FOX spokesman told the Dallas Morning News. “He couldn’t say those things here.”

James played his entire five-year career for the Patriots and was a Pro Bowler in 1985, when he helped lead New England to the Super Bowl.

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  1. achap39 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:42 AM

    Whatever the reason may be, I think we can all agree that the world is better off with Craig James not being on-air. Anywhere.

  2. blackandbluedivision says: Sep 7, 2013 10:42 AM

    I know a bakery in Oregon he’ll be right at home at.

  3. kgrant12 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:43 AM

    Good

  4. longbino says: Sep 7, 2013 10:45 AM

    So I guess if your opinions don’t fall in line with your employer’s and they don’t fit the new “social accepted mainstream” liberal thought you’re considered unemployable . Now how is that not discrimination ?

  5. norcalmafia says: Sep 7, 2013 10:46 AM

    This is exactly what is wrong with the world…Cant say anything about gays everybody gets a trophy..This world is coming to an end.

  6. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Sep 7, 2013 10:46 AM

    You forgot to mention that he killed five hookers at SMU.

  7. footballguru205 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:50 AM

    Freedom of Speech? Freedom of Expression. Yes/No. ?

  8. hrs9536 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:52 AM

    Oh sure, let’s everybody be politically correct. How dare anyone ever utter an anti-gay remark.

  9. schultzbrigade says: Sep 7, 2013 10:52 AM

    I was wondering what happened to this guy. I always liked his work. I guess the lesson here is to stay out of politics.

  10. bradtoughy says: Sep 7, 2013 10:53 AM

    Stories like these are ridiculous. ESPN will hire Ray Lewis, who was heavily involved in a murder, but they won’t hire Craig James who made a statement about his personal beliefs that have nothing to do with his ability to commentate a football game?

  11. sschmiggles says: Sep 7, 2013 10:53 AM

    Cute the old people whining that it’s “just an opinion”

  12. boogymanoflamancha says: Sep 7, 2013 10:53 AM

    Not that there’s anything wrong with it

  13. jamezz23 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:54 AM

    Craig James killed 5 hookers while at SMU

  14. ballboy48 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:54 AM

    I think a lot of fools put too much faith into religion!

  15. lks311 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:55 AM

    Again, this is America. There is the concept of Free Speech. Craig James is not going to jail for his comments. But, that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed a job either.

    That said, there seem to be two set of rules at Fox. One for the sports side of the aisle and another for political pundits.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 7, 2013 10:55 AM

    Yet ESPN employs Ray Lewis…..twisted values in this country when a felon is revered….pathetic.

  17. jgedgar70 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:56 AM

    Not surprising. Remember that this is the guy that got mad at Mike Leitch for hurting his son’s feelings, and then ESPN put him and Mike Patrick on the Texas Tech Bowl game, where they proceeded to call exactly zero plays in the game, using the entire broadcast to trash Leitch because he was so mean to Craig’s poor little son. Craig is a crusader.

    And conservative politicians need to realize that the main reason the citizens keep electing brain-dead liberals is because they want no part of religious zealots using their positions in government to tell them what to do. Back off the social issues, conservatives. Concentrate on the economic issues and you might actually get elected.

  18. yanksjetsknicks says: Sep 7, 2013 10:59 AM

    Sounds like “god’s will” to me.

  19. bemorenasty says: Sep 7, 2013 11:00 AM

    now I am more of a NFL type person,, so I do not the person if he is good or bad,,my two cents is this,, seems like anytime a person speaks out against gay people,,they are shut down,his comment was in reference to the bible ,, the nation is going keep those double standards to the end

  20. teambringitstrong says: Sep 7, 2013 11:00 AM

    lks311 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:55 AM

    Again, this is America. There is the concept of Free Speech. Craig James is not going to jail for his comments. But, that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed a job either.

    That said, there seem to be two set of rules at Fox. One for the sports side of the aisle and another for political pundits.
    ————————————————————–
    I see the Constitutional Lawyers are at it again. The free speech provisional does not protect one in cases of hate speech.

  21. eatitfanboy says: Sep 7, 2013 11:02 AM

    footballguru205 says:
    Sep 7, 2013 10:50 AM
    Freedom of Speech? Freedom of Expression. Yes/No. ?

    Irrelevant. Freedom of Speech applies only to the government. The Constitution doesn’t require you to hire people even if they are ignorant d*****b**s.

  22. ayoungandres says: Sep 7, 2013 11:04 AM

    Im going to say this once for all the armchair constitutional scholars: the 1st Amendment freedom of speech only applies to the government, restrictions; your employer can do whatever they want. Please repeat that over and over again until it penetrates your thick noggins.

  23. wryly1 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:04 AM

    To those who claim James’ rights of free speech were violated you are just plain flat out wrong. Think about it for two nanoseconds. He said what he wanted to say and so did the college and pro football media world. Everybody has free speech rights, but that doesn’t mean anyone else has to agree, accept, condone or endorse them. Cuts both ways. He took his public stand and so did those who heard him.

  24. hippieway says: Sep 7, 2013 11:07 AM

    Shame he lost his broadcasting job but thank God he didn’t win the election. The last thing we need is another voice like his in a leadership position.

  25. deadeyedesign23 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:07 AM

    Just to preempt all the amateur experts in constitutional law: freedom of speech is not freedom from repercussions. Saying gay is a choice and that they have to answer to your Christian lord is pretty polarizing and broadcasters of sports are not paid to be socially polarizing.

  26. heisthejuan says: Sep 7, 2013 11:08 AM

    Freedom of speech doesn’t protect you from your own words. Say whatever you like publicly, but don’t don’t be surprised when private organizations want nothing to do with you.

  27. yanksjetsknicks says: Sep 7, 2013 11:09 AM

    jgedgar70 says:
    Sep 7, 2013 10:56 AM
    And conservative politicians need to realize that the main reason the citizens keep electing brain-dead liberals is because they want no part of religious zealots using their positions in government to tell them what to do. Back off the social issues, conservatives. Concentrate on the economic issues and you might actually get elected.

    ______________

    Is this a joke? Have you not seen whose running the GOP? Everything is religious based. Anyone who doesn’t do exactly what the bible says is a rino. Science, math, common sense are for the “liberal elite”.

  28. justwinbaby29 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:11 AM

    Knuckleheads like Craig James (Murdock and Akin) are going to ruin the Republican party. Thanks a lot to these clowns when we have democratic rule for 50 years!

  29. purplepride4ever says: Sep 7, 2013 11:12 AM

    What he said was the truth. I don’t get it. I’m a Catholic, and being gay is wrong. God will judge you! I will say what I want anytime I want…you don’t like it..Too Bad!

  30. doall24 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:12 AM

    sad day when men put their laws above God’s law. people need to read their bibles more and not listen to the laws of man. romans 1:27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men commited indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

  31. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:13 AM

    You know what they say “Those Politicians Who Doth Protest Too Much.” ;-)

    You got to remember my man, that backwoods politicking is fine in the Southern Regions, but does not play too well in the more sophisticated metropolitan areas.

    I’m sure you can start a mega church… Hint: Koran burning and snake handling will really help in growing your congregation.

  32. anhdazman says: Sep 7, 2013 11:13 AM

    Kill as in actually “kill?”

    Or “Kill it” as in that girl was walking bow legged for a week after I was done with her?

  33. jettstyle says: Sep 7, 2013 11:13 AM

    Having opinion is everyone’s right and choosing when to voice it is everyone’s responsibility. If you think this is discrimination by the potential employer, you have no idea what you are talking about. Every employer evaluates each potential employee’s background and experience prior to a hire being made – this is no different. If you disagree, explain why it is NOT discrimination for an employee to seek references about a potential employee and then make hiring decisions based on those references. There is no difference. Companies must protect their brand in whatever way they see fit within the confines of employment law. As far as the Ray Lewis comments – there is a difference between discriminating and being hypocritical. This item falls into the latter category…

  34. b3nz0z says: Sep 7, 2013 11:16 AM

    His freedom of speech is perfectly intact. There’s a world of difference between being arrested or persecuted for your views and not getting a super cushy dream job because you ran your mouth about a group of people.

  35. fordmandalay says: Sep 7, 2013 11:16 AM

    Remember bigots – ‘Freedom of Speech’ does NOT equal ‘Freedom From Consequences’. You have the right to call your wife or boss a @@@@@@, but you have to deal with what happens after.

  36. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:16 AM

    Better without him. I remember before the 1999 Rose Bowl he called the Wisconsin Badgers “the worst team to ever play in the Rose Bowl.”

    Well he ate his words as Wisconsin upset UCLA and while the Badger players celebrated after the game, Coach Barry Alverez fired back at James “Well, I know we’re at least the second worst.” How’d that crow taste??

  37. areyoudue says: Sep 7, 2013 11:16 AM

    The gay community always preaches that they just want tolerance, yet they seem to be the least tolerant group out there. Interesting.

  38. jimbo75025 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:16 AM

    It must be a cold day in Hades for me to feel bad for Craig James. He deserved to be fired from ESPN for his Mike Leach rants-I am sure they were silently pleased he left. To be fired for something he said as a candidate during a political campaign on an issue is pretty petty though. Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the USA in 2013-perfectly OK to slander someone because your son sucks, but say something bad about gays and that’s a firing,

  39. 1pwrightt says: Sep 7, 2013 11:18 AM

    A dirt bag of a politician will say anything to get elected. When I watch football I want to enjoy football and the last thing I want to hear during a game is some announcer giving me there political point of view.

  40. buchopeful says: Sep 7, 2013 11:18 AM

    They WILL have to answer to the Lord for their actions, thats not hate, thats fact…everyone will see sooner rather than later.

  41. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:20 AM

    being gay is a choice and that gay people “are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.
    ____________________________

    When you ignore proven science, ie being gay is not a choice but the way people’s brains are when they’re born, and instead push a fairy tale as an excuse for hatred, that’s what you get.

  42. brownoholic says: Sep 7, 2013 11:20 AM

    FOX didn’t even need to offer an explanation for his firing. Being FOX, I’m surprised they did.

    I agree that political correctness is out of control, but you have to be an idiot to think you can continue in politics or broadcasting saying stuff like that.

    I’ve never been a fan of James & after he threw his weight around at his poor widdle boy’s college I flat out don’t like him at all.

    Tough luck, Craig…

  43. i, flounder says: Sep 7, 2013 11:21 AM

    the patriot way

  44. nonetruerthanblue says: Sep 7, 2013 11:23 AM

    Wait…FOX turned him down??

  45. bigzant82 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:25 AM

    can anyobdy tell me how u become football expert only playing 5 years in the NFL or and 2-3 years in college?? smh hy do these network hire people with barely real NFL or college experience or even accolades??

  46. clarencewhorley says: Sep 7, 2013 11:25 AM

    Fox has every right not to hire him but the double standard is crazy. Keith Olbermann was just hired at ESPN and he has said some horrible things about republicans and republican women. Alec Baldwin bashed a gay man last month and MSNBC hired him.

    You can say dumb things on the left and be forgiven, on the right you will be black balled

  47. snakes1 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:25 AM

    Looks like some smart people addressed this already: the Constitution protects you from the GOVERNMENT. Mr. James is still alive, has his rights, is not arrested by the FBI or his house blown up by a drone. He can say what he wants. His employer, ESPN, has the freedom to hire or not hire him based on his private actions (except for a few) and if it fit their interest. For those who question where this country is going: if you want God or another entity to keep people more in line, you have your choices in the Middle east and eastern asia. Otherwise, Welcome to America.

    For the Ray Lewis folk: You have to be convicted to be a felon. I liked the guy who said Lewis was “heavily involved” in a murder…good cover dude. Wasn’t Lewis provoked? Did he not stand his ground? That’s the law of the land now, right?

  48. bohste says: Sep 7, 2013 11:31 AM

    I happen to agree with Craig James, as does, most normal people in America.

  49. redmanalishi says: Sep 7, 2013 11:31 AM

    Every time something like this happens I love watching the “Freedom of Speech” blow-hards trot out their moral objections. James exercised his freedom of speech and no one stopped him from doing that, which is nice.

    But having freedom of speech doesn’t me you have have a right to be free of criticism or consequences of that speech. If you think your wife has gained weight you are free to say it, but if you better be prepared to sleep on the coach. Go ahead, say it and try to prove a point on principle. I dare you.

    Stupid, stupid people…

  50. ddogdaddy says: Sep 7, 2013 11:31 AM

    The networks are so worried that an anti gay remark will cost them a liberal viewer or two but if someone states their views based on their religious beliefs, they won’t be hired. I can see that costing the network some viewers from the religious right. Newsflash, not everyone agrees on everything. Personally, I could care less that an anouncer may or may not share my views on life. Just call the damn game.

  51. 1pwrightt says: Sep 7, 2013 11:31 AM

    They WILL have to answer to the Lord for their actions, thats not hate, thats fact…everyone will see sooner rather than later.

    I believe the Lord is looking for people who tried to live there lives in a good and loving way. I don’t think he had bigot, hateful, and stupidity in mind.

  52. gpete1962 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:34 AM

    Fox doesn’t even have any balls anymore!!!

    What ever happened to free speech and the right to express your views and opinion.

    What a bunch of BS

  53. truths4all says: Sep 7, 2013 11:35 AM

    FOX has committed a Hate Crime against Craig James. Fox has violated and denited Craig James’s Constitutional Right of Free Speech, especially for censoring him for statements made earlier during a political campaign.

    BTW, can we hold Obama responsible for all of the Broken and Undelivered Promises he made during and after his two presidential campaigns? If not, why not? And why is it OK to censor and deny Craign James right to pursue his occupation and livelihood in violation of his First Amendment Rights?

    “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” – Our First Amendment Free Speech.

    I see a Class Action Lawsuit coming and its going to be HUGE!!!.

  54. prmpft says: Sep 7, 2013 11:37 AM

    in that respect – I’m hoping Vlad Putin runs for president – you may do the math there.

  55. thegonz13 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:40 AM

    Funny how the same guy who helped Mike Leach lose his job at Texas Tech now can’t get a job.

    Karma’s a b**ch, ain’t it?

  56. thebirdofprey says: Sep 7, 2013 11:41 AM

    footballguru205 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:50 AM

    Freedom of Speech? Freedom of Expression. Yes/No. ?

    ————————————————

    Is he going to jail or getting arrested for what he said why your questioning his freedom to say what he said? He lost his job because hiring a documented bigot as a TV personality isn’t smart business.

  57. floriosbigtoe says: Sep 7, 2013 11:44 AM

    The guy thinks being gay is a choice for Pete’s sake. Which means he is only about a six pack away from being gay.

  58. doall24 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:46 AM

    being gay is a choice and that gay people “are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.
    ____________________________

    When you ignore proven science, ie being gay is not a choice but the way people’s brains are when they’re born, and instead push a fairy tale as an excuse for hatred, that’s what you get.
    —————————————————-
    who created science? man did. by that, your logic fails because men fail. it is easy for man to create excuse after excuse and pass it on as fact. i agree, there is too much hatred in the world, but it is up to smart people to share the love and change that hatred.

  59. jayquintana says: Sep 7, 2013 11:48 AM

    Craig James chose to be straight? Hmm…

  60. yanksjetsknicks says: Sep 7, 2013 11:48 AM

    truths4all says:
    Sep 7, 2013 11:35 AM
    FOX has committed a Hate Crime against Craig James. Fox has violated and denited Craig James’s Constitutional Right of Free Speech, especially for censoring him for statements made earlier during a political campaign.

    BTW, can we hold Obama responsible for all of the Broken and Undelivered Promises he made during and after his two presidential campaigns? If not, why not? And why is it OK to censor and deny Craign James right to pursue his occupation and livelihood in violation of his First Amendment Rights?

    “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” – Our First Amendment Free Speech.

    I see a Class Action Lawsuit coming and its going to be HUGE!!!.

    __________________

    This is what happens when all you read is the second half of the second amendment and the bible.

  61. buss26 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:49 AM

    Free speech no more. Liberal media needs to end. What a sad world we live in.

  62. wycoff says: Sep 7, 2013 11:50 AM

    teambringitstrong says: Sep 7, 2013 11:00 AM

    ————————————————————–
    I see the Constitutional Lawyers are at it again. The free speech provisional does not protect one in cases of hate speech.
    ______________

    Ironic that someone trying to mock people for not understanding the Constitution can then make a completely wrong assertion like this. The First Amendment absolutely protects so-called “hate speech.” That’s why the KKK, the Westboro people, the Black Panthers, etc. can say what they want without being arrested.

  63. deinoslogos says: Sep 7, 2013 11:50 AM

    It’s sad that there’s a higher standard of decency and respect (and lack of ignorance- because anyone who still thinks hmosecuality is a choice is simy refusing to look at the empirical evidence objectively) in sports broadcasting than there is in politics.

  64. alphawolf01 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:54 AM

    Love how the majority have to bend over backwards for the minority. I guess someone is going to tell me that their gay lisp and need to parade around like fairies is genetic too.

  65. vicnocal says: Sep 7, 2013 11:54 AM

    “America is great, because Americans are good.” – Craig James in one of his campaign spots

  66. tipstopten says: Sep 7, 2013 11:55 AM

    I guess we do not have freedom of speech. I do
    not agree with James, however he has the right
    to say what he wants if he is fired that is
    discrimination. A lot of liberals preach freedom of speech but only if it is for them.

  67. 1pwrightt says: Sep 7, 2013 12:00 PM

    Oh I forgot to add. We need to add Tebow to this conversation and watch this really blow up.

  68. granadafan says: Sep 7, 2013 12:01 PM

    James’ comments may play up to the Glenn Beck crowd of extremists (ultra conservatives and far right wingers), but he overestimated their small but loud numbers.

    Real reasons why James lost:
    1) He’s a Tea Partier
    2) Civilized society has rejected intolerant bigotry
    3) He’s a big gigantic tool

  69. myhawks1976 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:01 PM

    freedom of speech? was he arrested? he has freedom of speech. he said what he wanted. now, everyone else has the freedom of associating with his narrow minded OLD train of bigoted thought, or distancing themselves.

    lastly. for you constitutional and historical dropouts, this country was founded on the principles of separation of church and state. stop trying to impose your PERSONAL faith on the rest of the world.

    good for espn and good for fox.

  70. cylondetector says: Sep 7, 2013 12:03 PM

    Its funny. All the people on here spouting off about discrimination regarding James anti-gay rhetroic – bet they weren’t on the same side of the argument when it came to Mendenhall and his thoughts re@ 9/11.

    So which is it?

    Are employers/sponsors allowed to discriminate or not?

  71. bubbamonkey100 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:03 PM

    That is so keenly alive and exuberant : having or inducing high spirits.

  72. granadafan says: Sep 7, 2013 12:03 PM

    No worries. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp will move Craig James from the Fox Sports side to the Fox News side. His bigoted and extremist conservatism views are more welcome there.

  73. yanksjetsknicks says: Sep 7, 2013 12:06 PM

    doall24 says:
    Sep 7, 2013 11:46 AM
    being gay is a choice and that gay people “are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.
    ____________________________

    When you ignore proven science, ie being gay is not a choice but the way people’s brains are when they’re born, and instead push a fairy tale as an excuse for hatred, that’s what you get.
    —————————————————-
    who created science? man did. by that, your logic fails because men fail. it is easy for man to create excuse after excuse and pass it on as fact. i agree, there is too much hatred in the world, but it is up to smart people to share the love and change that hatred.

    _______________

    Have you really never heard of the scientific method? Wow! You should honestly be embarrassed.

  74. sullijo1 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:09 PM

    Fox News is the most popular news channel in the US – man, that’s really got to make Gay people mad!

  75. sullijo1 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:09 PM

    Gay people vote for Democrats – who do you vote for??

  76. doall24 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:13 PM

    who created science? man did. by that, your logic fails because men fail. it is easy for man to create excuse after excuse and pass it on as fact. i agree, there is too much hatred in the world, but it is up to smart people to share the love and change that hatred.

    _______________

    Have you really never heard of the scientific method? Wow! You should honestly be embarrassed.
    —————————————————-
    who created “the scientific method”? i know who wrote God’s word, you my friend, will be the one embarrassed in the end.

  77. yanksjetsknicks says: Sep 7, 2013 12:14 PM

    sullijo1 says:
    Sep 7, 2013 12:09 PM
    Gay people vote for Democrats – who do you vote for??

    _________________

    You either hiding something or have the maturity of someone in elementary school.

  78. Matt B says: Sep 7, 2013 12:15 PM

    Just cause you have Free Speech doesn’t mean employers can’t fire you for what you say. ESPN, FOX and most multi format networks have anti discrimination policies too, which rightly include gays.

  79. steelen505 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:17 PM

    I agree it’s Karma on Craig James about his son at Texas Tech and Leech.

    I also agree it’s hilarious that Fox Sports is taking a stand on LGBT issues when their Fox News cousins bash them on a daily basis.

    And ESPN, I expect you are not going to renew Chris Broussard’s contract for his “that type of lifestyle…is a sin..” comments?

  80. marthisdil says: Sep 7, 2013 12:19 PM

    harrisonhits2 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:20 AM

    being gay is a choice and that gay people “are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.
    ____________________________

    When you ignore proven science, ie being gay is not a choice but the way people’s brains are when they’re born, and instead push a fairy tale as an excuse for hatred, that’s what you get.

    ====================

    Really? Then explain why people turn gay later in life after living a good chunk as heterosexual…

    Or are you saying that their gayness is latent?

    And your “fairy tale as an excuse for hatred” – funny, to me, the gays “hate” people who don’t see things their way. Which is the exact same thing.

  81. ecupatsfan12 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:19 PM

    Was Craig wrong for bringing religion into this? He probably shouldn’t have phrased it the way that he did. Regardless of political parties any person who said that would be in trouble. I just find it laughable that ESPN has no trouble hiring ray ray who was involved in a double murder and msnbc can have bill maher who says degrading things about conservatives just simply because of ratings.. It’s why ESPN is reviling themselves in trying to ruin Johnny Manziel as well. You can’t say anything that goes against the norms of society anymore because freedom of speech only goes for the government.. Even though I must say I thought he was a mega jerk at ESPN when that whole leach situation happened

  82. yanksjetsknicks says: Sep 7, 2013 12:20 PM

    alphawolf01 says:
    Sep 7, 2013 11:54 AM
    Love how the majority have to bend over backwards for the minority. I guess someone is going to tell me that their gay lisp and need to parade around like fairies is genetic too.

    __________________

    The constitution protects the minority from the majority. This is embarrassing people.

  83. ilovesports13 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:21 PM

    Freedom of Speech? Not in this country.

  84. yanksjetsknicks says: Sep 7, 2013 12:28 PM

    doall24 says:
    Sep 7, 2013 12:13 PM
    who created science? man did. by that, your logic fails because men fail. it is easy for man to create excuse after excuse and pass it on as fact. i agree, there is too much hatred in the world, but it is up to smart people to share the love and change that hatred.

    _______________

    Have you really never heard of the scientific method? Wow! You should honestly be embarrassed.
    —————————————————-
    who created “the scientific method”? i know who wrote God’s word, you my friend, will be the one embarrassed in the end.

    ____________________

    The point of the scientific method is to be able to reproduce the results time and time ago. This is also known as “facts”.

  85. tiredofblatheringnflexperts says: Sep 7, 2013 12:29 PM

    I absolutely the irony, why can’t we just tolerate the intolerant. Perfectly delicious!

  86. mykl954 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:33 PM

    Bottom Line: he’s free to say whatever he wants but by the same token, high public profile prospective employers who depend on the audience reach to generate advertising dollars are free to blackball whomever potentially stands between them and profits.

    Now James chose to make that statement while in the public eye. He gambled heavily that by pandering to a specific voter demographic, his opinions would be validated through election- at which time he would obviously have the freedom to continue to voice those beliefs.

    Good plan if he were successful, but in reality, considering the smattering of votes he got, he was a big boy who should have been better able to assess the realistic risk vs gain. So there’s no reason to feel bad for the bed he’s now laying in, because he’s the one who made it!

  87. blackdonnelly says: Sep 7, 2013 12:34 PM

    We’ll all be fine without this hump gracing the airwaves.

  88. qbcoach9 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:40 PM

    Craig James has always been a D. Getting Leach fired because his kid was terrible, now this. But he shouldnt be too sad, I hear the San Francisco baseketball team needs a coach.

  89. emperorzero says: Sep 7, 2013 12:41 PM

    James is entitled to his opinion (as misguided as it is) under the First Amendment. However, ESPN or any other employer also has the right not to hire him (or has the ability to fire him) based on opinions that don’t fit the “company image.”

    Also, if you think ESPN doesn’t have employees who are gay, then welcome to earth. Hiring James could easily be construed as creating a hostile work environment and could open them up to the possibility of lawsuits.

  90. stealthscorpio says: Sep 7, 2013 12:41 PM

    So if God will be the judge, Craig, who exactly do you think you are?

  91. howiehandles says: Sep 7, 2013 12:44 PM

    I don’t care for James, but since when is opinion fact?

  92. Kave Krew says: Sep 7, 2013 12:45 PM

    Gotta love the bible toters — yea, let’s listen to the men from 2000 plus years ago — next time you bible toters have a disease, go put leeches on your body and watch the illness will go away — that’s what the men from the bible period did…grow up and stop being scared of life….

  93. therealsmiley says: Sep 7, 2013 12:51 PM

    Best one yet “who created science? Man did.” Funny stuff. Humans are developing the STUDY of science. Hail!

  94. bennyb82 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:52 PM

    Someone should create a show with James and Olberman…just to see what happens…

  95. jrock1314 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:53 PM

    Mike Leach called …. lock him in dark closet !!

  96. bigbluenationdb says: Sep 7, 2013 12:55 PM

    How is this not “reverse discrimination”? It is ok for people to voice their support for gay people but a person can’t voice their believes. This country does nothing but cater to minority groups.

  97. doall24 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:57 PM

    it’s a sad day when you can’t say certain things, but you can watch 2 men walk down the street holding hands and even having a parade?

  98. daysend564 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:58 PM

    He was talking about British cigarettes.

  99. razzzmajazzz says: Sep 7, 2013 1:03 PM

    I’m so glad I own my own company and can say whatever I want.

  100. commonsensedude says: Sep 7, 2013 1:03 PM

    On the other hand, if he had said that people who don’t believe in same-sex marriage deserve to suffer, fester and burn in hell then his future in network broadcasting would have been secure. Even with the human resources department. He might have even gotten a promotion.

  101. hawksfan3737 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:06 PM

    Can make this site about FOOTBALL and not all this othet crap for cryin’ out loud???? I don’t approve of gay marriage, but I’m not going to discriminate against people who do and am not going to shove my views down their throat. I am sick of coming to this site and seeing it littered with stuff that has NOTHING to do with NFL games!!!! Stop the bickering and keep it moving!!

  102. lowlifenebula says: Sep 7, 2013 1:07 PM

    why does at least person always find the ignorance to mention liberals and blame liberals for something like this. It has nothing to do with politics or where you stand on anything. It is a business decision. He openly made anti gay remarks, and in an America where the majority of the population is fine with same sex having equal rights etc, it isn’t a positive to have him on air. Also, bringing up Ray Lewis etc doesn’t really make since because he clearly wasn’t convicted of murder just broke some laws, and the public doesn’t care about that. It is a business that relies on viewership, listeners etc. and you have to cater to them. Why do so many people have to make it more than what it is?

  103. questor711 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:10 PM

    Hooray for Craig James

  104. twinsapologist says: Sep 7, 2013 1:14 PM

    That’s what happens when you kill 5 hookers while at SMU.

  105. hth2727 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:15 PM

    doall24 says:
    Sep 7, 2013 12:13 PM”who created science? man did. by that, your logic fails because men fail. it is easy for man to create excuse after excuse and pass it on as fact. i agree, there is too much hatred in the world, but it is up to smart people to share the love and change that hatred.”
    “who created “the scientific method”? i know who wrote God’s word, you my friend, will be the one embarrassed in the end.

    by this logic you are also admitting that religion is flawed and is meant to fail- You believe that God gave his word to man who then writes it down and interprets it- well once again man is involved and fails
    Look at things that actually make sense man- trying to discredit science by saying who invented it is no argument its just non sense, be a logical human, when water freezes to ice- thats science and I would like to know how that is flawed in your view- People think science is crazy yet they believe in a fairy tale where people live to be 300 yrs old and talk to God-well where is God now-only talking to the crazies in the world

  106. doall24 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:21 PM

    @hth2727- using any excuse to confirm your behavior. if it works for you, keep using “science” as a way to relieve your guilty conscience, it’s your life.

  107. prmpft says: Sep 7, 2013 1:24 PM

    wow – hell is gonna have quite a festive, “scientific”, and open-minded party for sure. Enjoy that.

  108. eatitfanboy says: Sep 7, 2013 1:27 PM

    marthisdil says:

    Really? Then explain why people turn gay later in life after living a good chunk as heterosexual…

    =====

    I’m going to go way out on a limb and assume you’ve never actually spoken to any of these people about this.

    Because if you had, they surely would have told you that they didn’t “turn” gay after being heterosexual, but that they had spent their life living a lie because they thought they had to.

  109. godofwine330 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:28 PM

    Negative comments about gay people are taking over this world and fact the uttering of one costing a person anything but, “a stern talking to,”is flat out ridiculous. Sad that a person can say anything negative about another race, another culture, or anything – but as soon as they say something about gays they lose their jobs or a chance to do what they do.

    Craig James said that gays are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions. The fact is gays will have to answer to God, if God truly cares about such things. We forget that the Bible was not the “words of God dropped down from the sky in book form,” only then could it be considered completely infallible. But no, the Bible was written by man INSPIRED by God, and the one thing that the Bible says is that men are fallible, or rather sinners, so it will only be when we die that we truly know the actions that we do that God has a problem with and not things that man likely inserted into religion or the Bible to forward his own agenda.

    We ALL must answer to God for all of our actions. So how was Craig James wrong for saying this?

  110. atxpatfan says: Sep 7, 2013 1:29 PM

    teambringitstrong says: Sep 7, 2013 11:00 AM

    lks311 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:55 AM

    Again, this is America. There is the concept of Free Speech. Craig James is not going to jail for his comments. But, that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed a job either.

    That said, there seem to be two set of rules at Fox. One for the sports side of the aisle and another for political pundits.
    ————————————————————–
    I see the Constitutional Lawyers are at it again. The free speech provisional does not protect one in cases of hate speech.
    ———————————————–

    I don’t agree with the James but “hate speech?” Seriously? That’s sort of stretching it don’t you think?

    This is all PC media bs…I’m sure worse has been said on ESPN and Fox in the time it has taken to write this sentence.

    I’m just barely old enough to remember when we didn’t have to worry about hurting everyone’s feelings all the time. The media and the left wing have truly turned this country into a bunch of whining little babies.

  111. brenenostler says: Sep 7, 2013 1:34 PM

    Well in that case, he’ll have to answer to the Lord for his insensitivity and hatred to a specific group of human beings.

  112. davemang90 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:40 PM

    Chris Broussard made almost exactly the same comments and remains employed by ESPN (“Gays are in opinion rebellion to God” “Gays are sinners” yadda yadda).

    Shame on you ESPN, let that hack go if you’re going to let James go. Maybe James just didn’t couch his hate with enough religious cliches like Broussard did?

  113. bluewinger says: Sep 7, 2013 1:42 PM

    Welcome to the new world order.

  114. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:45 PM

    Fewer things more embarrassing than a liberal man.

  115. sillec28 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:46 PM

    Can we quit with the “freedom of speech” stuff? He had freedom of speech and he spoke. He isn’t free to have a job that an employer doesn’t want him to have.

  116. clemenza58 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:47 PM

    Political correctness or not, and regardless of ideology, we can all agree on one thing: Craig James showed the world that he is not a very smart person.

  117. burtmurphy1 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:47 PM

    First of all, I don’t think people understand what “discrimination” really means. Firing someone for discrimination would be firing someone in a protected class, simply because they belong to that class. Such examples: race, sex, age, disability etc.

    Firing someone because they said something incredibly stupid doesn’t apply. In fact, as a capitalist country, I think it’s well within their rights.

    FOX has to protect their revenue from advertising dollars, which could have taken a hit from hiring James. It’s quite simple. Freedom of speech protects you from Government retaliation, but it doesn’t protect you from your employer if you say (or do) something stupid.

    As far as this country in general, I think we’ve become more tolerant, which is a good thing. No one wants to hear hate speech anymore and rightfully, businesses are aligning to this trend. Again, we are a capitalist country.

    If you make hate speech, towards any group, it might play in a republican primary… but that doesn’t protect you from the rest of the country. We’ve moved on.

  118. awm7353 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:48 PM

    What many are overlooking is no employer can discriminate in hiring by a person’s religious beliefs, political beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, etc. James has a right to sue. Many companies do violate this, especially in the media where they will hire an unqualified female over several qualified males. I know for a fact this happens, I was there to witness it.

  119. bills399 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:51 PM

    who says his speech is hateful? Not agreeing with gays does not make u hateful…..sorry. Go listen to some of the thing muhamaad Ali said when he was younger, about women, gays, white people…..its all in interviews. he never apologizes yet he lights Olympic torches? liberals are pathetic hypocrites

  120. burtmurphy1 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:52 PM

    awm7353 says:
    Sep 7, 2013 1:48 PM
    What many are overlooking is no employer can discriminate in hiring by a person’s religious beliefs, political beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, etc. James has a right to sue. Many companies do violate this, especially in the media where they will hire an unqualified female over several qualified males. I know for a fact this happens, I was there to witness it.

    ——

    Political beliefs are not protected.

  121. realfootballfan says: Sep 7, 2013 1:55 PM

    godofwine330,

    Point is, why does he feel compelled to tell them besides reaching out to the lowest common denominator to get votes? I don’t think any gay people or anybody for that matter was asking for his opinion. Was he saying, all these people who have sex before they are married are going to have to answer for that? Did he say, all these fat people in the world are going to have to answer for that? Did he say all those people who get hammered on alcohol or smoke 3 packs a day are going to have to answer for that? Didn’t think so, he picked the one “sin” (if that’s what you want to call it as the Bible is pretty ambiguous there although bigots who want to make their point will swear it condemns this subject) because he knows it plays well with the idiots he’s talking to.

  122. pftstory says: Sep 7, 2013 1:56 PM

    Everyone gets caught up in defing freedom of speech now. Those saying the private companies can fire you for what you say are correct.
    Tolerance is the contradiction. James is fired because his employers feel he is not tolerant enough of gays. Yet, by firing him Fox Sports shows an intolerance of people with an opinion different than theirs.
    Those praising him being fired (for the comment) here are doing the same. Expressing intolerance of an opinion/belief you don’t agree with.
    You can’t have it both ways. If you demand James should be more toloerant of gays, you also need to show that same tolorance towards him.

    Do so by saying he is wrong, but should not be fired over it.

  123. bender4700 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:59 PM

    To answer the Free Speech argument:

    Craig James has the right to say whatever he pleases, and at the same time Fox Sports (a public perception based business) has the right to not hire someone.

    Free Speech doesn’t mean people have to hire you regardless. It means the Government can’t arrest him for what he said.

  124. cuda1234 says: Sep 7, 2013 2:00 PM

    We will be a lot better off when Rick Perry is president and Craig James is Texas governor.

  125. cuda1234 says: Sep 7, 2013 2:01 PM

    I keep hearing that gays are 2-3% of the population but they seem to run the county these days. How did that happen?

  126. jeff6381 says: Sep 7, 2013 2:02 PM

    Its stupid that this man cant say how he feels everyone is entitled to their own opinion and he has his religious and moral values and he shouldn’t be out of a job because of that. The man never said anything hateful or derogatory if he would have been saying he love gays and love their alternative lifestyle would he be in trouble and can we please stop putting Ray Lewis name in everything don’t compare Ray Lewis to Craig James.

  127. FinFan68 says: Sep 7, 2013 2:02 PM

    People need to get a grip. What exactly did he say that was disparaging in any way? He didn’t say that gay people should be jailed/killed or even discriminated against. Why can’t somebody have a negative opinion about a gay person without being ostracized? He doesn’t seem to like gay people due to their behavior. So what? Several people on this thread don’t like him because of his behavior toward LGBT. Somehow these people believe their own opinions hold more value than his. What is the difference?

  128. swagjag says: Sep 7, 2013 2:08 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 7, 2013 1:45 PM

    Fewer things more embarrassing than a liberal man.

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    I can think of one.

  129. nokuout says: Sep 7, 2013 2:08 PM

    If you are a White Man and have a different opinion about any group at all you are conservative, racist and should be killed. The double standard has been going strong for the last 15 years. Are we going to keep tolerating it?

  130. multiplemiggs says: Sep 7, 2013 2:09 PM

    HAHAHA this guys the man

  131. loubearkane says: Sep 7, 2013 2:09 PM

    First he left ESPN to run for whatever , they have no obligation of taking him back. These are major brands and don’t want to be labeled one way or another. Michael Jordan was always asked to speak on Democratic issues and always said no , why? Republicans by shoes too.

  132. turkish124 says: Sep 7, 2013 2:16 PM

    longbino says:
    Sep 7, 2013 10:45 AM
    So I guess if your opinions don’t fall in line with your employer’s and they don’t fit the new “social accepted mainstream” liberal thought you’re considered unemployable . Now how is that not discrimination ?

    ——————————————-

    Employers have the right to not hire a bigot. This man would represent them on national TV. If he thought being black was going to result in punishment from God no one would think twice about him not giving him a job. You can argue that this isn’t the same thing, but you would be wrong.

  133. bucnblood says: Sep 7, 2013 2:20 PM

    This world would be amazing if we could only get rid of religion. Sorry but if you believe there is some magical man in the sky you are an idiot.

  134. carlsbadboltfan says: Sep 7, 2013 2:22 PM

    FOX decided to can him for his comments? Wow.

  135. oregonvike71 says: Sep 7, 2013 2:24 PM

    anybody can say anything they want,without fearing anything except normal people.we live in a stupid world I’m glad i am old.

  136. 12thmanseattle says: Sep 7, 2013 2:38 PM

    Riley cooper says something racist and hes the devil..this guy says something against gays and he is defended.What is the difference between the two

  137. keepingitrealdumb says: Sep 7, 2013 2:42 PM

    to all those that think this violates his “freedom of speech”:

    “freedom of speech”

    you keep using those words .. i don’t think it means what you think it means.

  138. mickvv says: Sep 7, 2013 2:44 PM

    Hey all you determined free speech advocates out there.

    He was completely free to say it.

    And ESPN is completely free to decide they don’t want a bigot representing them.

  139. keepingitrealdumb says: Sep 7, 2013 2:48 PM

    oregonvike71 says: Sep 7, 2013 2:24 PM

    anybody can say anything they want,without fearing anything except normal people.we live in a stupid world I’m glad i am old.
    =================================================

    we are all glad that you are old .. progress takes time .. maybe even deep time in the human sense.

    to really have societies where bigotry is unheard of and true equality exists, we need the old bigots to die off. each generation less bigoted than the one before it .. each generation more enlightened than the one before it .. that is how we reach the state of society that we aspire to.

    indeed i am glad that you are old .. cause if you consider a society that rejects bigotry and discrimination as “stupid” then we need your generation replaced.

  140. laserw says: Sep 7, 2013 2:58 PM

    As someone who is actually gay, I have no issue with Craig’s statements. I think he speaks from a position of ignorance as I didn’t choose to be attracted to the same gender anymore than he chose to be attracted to the opposite one. I even tried “conversion” therapy and this only confirmed that my orientation was one way and not the other way.

    I am a political libertarian. There are many things I loathe, but I fully support anyone being able to say and do anything so long as their actions don’t infringe on me being able to do the same.

    If you don’t like gay people or your religious beliefs are such that you are unwilling to understand reality, then I have no problem with this belief system as you.

    I don’t want him fired or him to be ridiculed. His beliefs are his own and are just as precious as my contempt for what he said. This whole PC crap is getting out of hand. There is NO RIGHT to be FREE FROM BEING OFFENDED. People just need to get over it!

  141. drvannostrund says: Sep 7, 2013 3:19 PM

    All of the so-called “legal scholars” on here, need to do a little research. Mr. James’ First Amendment rights were not infringed as that Amendment prohibits the State from infringing on that right. However, a private employer does not have carte blanche authority to engage in discriminatory employment practices. Everyone on this site advocating otherwise needs to go read Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That act prohibits employers from refusing to hire individuals or discriminating against employees on the basis of various protected classifications–one such protected classification being religion.

    Re-read Mr. James’ comments, and anyone can see that his so-called “anti-gay” comments were based on his sectarian beliefs. Furthermore, read further down in the article wherein the Fox representative confirms that Mr. James was not retained as a commentator by Fox Sports on account of his “comments.” Therefore, Fox has publicly admitted that it discriminated against Mr. James on account of his religious beliefs. It looks like there is a pretty good argument to be made that Fox committed a Title VII violation.

  142. dmbnova7 says: Sep 7, 2013 3:41 PM

    Five year NFL career. Let’s not forget two years in the USFL with the Washington Federals.

    Or should it be “let’s not forget the USFL?”

  143. FinFan68 says: Sep 7, 2013 3:49 PM

    keepingitrealdumb says:
    Sep 7, 2013 2:48 PM
    oregonvike71 says: Sep 7, 2013 2:24 PM

    anybody can say anything they want,without fearing anything except normal people.we live in a stupid world I’m glad i am old.
    ==================

    we are all glad that you are old .. progress takes time .. maybe even deep time in the human sense.

    to really have societies where bigotry is unheard of and true equality exists, we need the old bigots to die off. each generation less bigoted than the one before it .. each generation more enlightened than the one before it .. that is how we reach the state of society that we aspire to.

    indeed i am glad that you are old .. cause if you consider a society that rejects bigotry and discrimination as “stupid” then we need your generation replaced.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Please get a clue. Your comments are far more bigoted than the one you are complaining about. your screen name fits well.

    For your reference:

    big·ot·ry [big-uh-tree]
    noun, plural big·ot·ries.
    1. stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.

  144. dd393 says: Sep 7, 2013 3:50 PM

    Double win.

  145. bsizemore68 says: Sep 7, 2013 3:51 PM

    What is more importance is Miami beat Florida. Also there is no cure for stupid. However we can’t blame James for his belief because after all, he’s still a republican, and that is what they believe, and most bitch about ESPN, and only a few jump on FOX, the most anti gay station on the air waves, so don’t fear, they will find a place for him, after all, just look at Sarah. They laugh at Liberals, and the Liberals love it, jut playing into there hand. Bill

  146. manofaiki says: Sep 7, 2013 3:59 PM

    I love how Fox & others set themselves up as the arbiters, that this issue is now fully decided, the debate/discussion is over, and there’s only ONE correct answer you can give when this issue comes up, or you are engaging in ‘hate speech’.

    Fox is a private employer and can enforce standards for it’s employees within reasonable limits.

    James knew full well making those remarks were controversial, but he has a 1st Amendment protecting his remarks.

    But it does need to be noted: when you put yourself out there as not being inside the PC bubble, yes there will be consequences. Don’t cry about, just press on with your life.

  147. dogfool4u says: Sep 7, 2013 4:11 PM

    Freedom of Speech? PC run amok!

  148. brassknuckles47 says: Sep 7, 2013 4:12 PM

    Good for you, Craig! Stand up for your rights, and beliefs.

  149. melikefootball says: Sep 7, 2013 4:42 PM

    Smartest thing ESPN has done in many years.

  150. pecosbob says: Sep 7, 2013 4:43 PM

    Once you’ve jumped on the crazy train you’ve gotta ride it into the station.

  151. keepingitrealdumb says: Sep 7, 2013 5:01 PM

    FinFan68 says: Sep 7, 2013 3:49 PM

    Please get a clue. Your comments are far more bigoted than the one you are complaining about. your screen name fits well.
    =================================================

    you are the type that thinks they know what is going on and is ready to tell others how much more they know than them.

    laughable .. so if i am against bigotry then that means i am a bigot? hahahahaha a bigot against people who are bigots? HAHAHAHAHA

    my username is the label for those that i post to .. such as yourself

  152. jimeejohnson says: Sep 7, 2013 5:01 PM

    “Knuckleheads like Craig James (Murdock and Akin) are going to ruin the Republican party.”

    Welcome back from your coma. The party of stupid Republicans has been ruined for a long time, ever since Tricky (that) Dick Nixon got busted.

  153. 000sunny000 says: Sep 7, 2013 5:23 PM

    Sounds like Fox is being the intolerant party. How would everyone feel if he was fired for supporting same sex marriage? Just a due consequence of expressing his opinion?

  154. jackdog1111 says: Sep 7, 2013 5:27 PM

    He can get a job, just not one that involves being the public face of a media company any more than someone that was a former KKK or Aryan Nation spokesperson. He can have and spout all the opinions he wants but he has to live with the consequences. Speech IS free in that he can say anything he wants with out LEGAL repercussions but that doesn’t mean it’s without any consequences at all.

  155. FinFan68 says: Sep 7, 2013 5:33 PM

    @realdumb,
    That is not at all what I was saying. People view bigotry as a bad word and think it does not apply to themselves because they are “right”. There was nothing at all bigoted about the comment you were referring to but your comment called for certain people to “die off”. I have never claimed to know more than you or anybody else. I was simply pointing out the hypocrisy in your comment that you still don’t seem to see, hence the jab at your screen name.

  156. henryd3rd says: Sep 7, 2013 5:36 PM

    Washington State’s football coach Mike Leach must be rolling on the floor laughing and saying “what goes around comes around.”

  157. caddy4bp says: Sep 7, 2013 5:56 PM

    Thank goodness I haven’t watched espn in at least 15 years now. Aren’t they the station that recently hired a guy, who in some capacity was involved in a murder 10-12 years ago?

    All James did was tell the truth and for that he’s been black balled. He didn’t say he was anti gay, there was no hatred towards anyone.

  158. dkhhuey says: Sep 7, 2013 6:17 PM

    I’m wondering if those 5 hookers he killed at SMU were gay hookers… makes sense as to why he is trying so hard to be anti-gay. Perhaps the next headline we’ll hear will be that he got arrested for trying to pick up guys in the airport john with the wide stance action…

  159. 4ever9er says: Sep 7, 2013 6:24 PM

    @longbino says: Sep 7, 2013 10:45 AM

    So I guess if your opinions don’t fall in line with your employer’s and they don’t fit the new “social accepted mainstream” liberal thought you’re considered unemployable . Now how is that not discrimination ?
    —————————————————–
    Surely you jest! What about the people who was against invading Iraq and Afghanistan, weren’t they discriminated against and fired from jobs etc., because their opinions didn’t jibe with their employer’s and they didn’t fit the Right Wing thought?

  160. greenmtnboy31 says: Sep 7, 2013 6:32 PM

    eatitfanboy says:
    Sep 7, 2013 11:02 AM
    footballguru205 says:
    Sep 7, 2013 10:50 AM
    Freedom of Speech? Freedom of Expression. Yes/No. ?

    Irrelevant. Freedom of Speech applies only to the government.
    _*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_

    You are an idiot if you think the First Amendment right to freedom of speech applies only to government.

  161. 4ever9er says: Sep 7, 2013 6:47 PM

    @caddy4bp says: Sep 7, 2013 5:56 PM

    Aren’t they the station that recently hired a guy, who in some capacity was involved in a murder 10-12 years ago?

    All James did was tell the truth and for that he’s been black balled. He didn’t say he was anti gay, there was no hatred towards anyone.
    —————————————————–
    1. Please stop bringing up Ray Lewis, he was convicted of lying to the police, not a felony and not murder!
    2. Craig James spoke his truth and he’s allowed to, but he’s in an industry where Gays are the customers of ESPN’s Sponsors and you, I, nor Craig James can get away with offending any of their potential customers!
    3. Craig James spoke the way he did in order to get votes (that worked out well). The problem for me isn’t so much of what Craig James said as to why he said it. There’s a group of people out there who want to hate someone because they are different from them! Politicians then try to find these voters and pander to them to get votes. That should be disturbing to ALL OF US!!!

  162. inallsincerity says: Sep 7, 2013 6:59 PM

    snakes1 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:25 AM

    Looks like some smart people addressed this already: the Constitution protects you from the GOVERNMENT. Mr. James is still alive, has his rights, is not arrested by the FBI or his house blown up by a drone. He can say what he wants. His employer, ESPN, has the freedom to hire or not hire him based on his private actions (except for a few) and if it fit their interest. For those who question where this country is going: if you want God or another entity to keep people more in line, you have your choices in the Middle east and eastern asia. Otherwise, Welcome to America.

    For the Ray Lewis folk: You have to be convicted to be a felon. I liked the guy who said Lewis was “heavily involved” in a murder…good cover dude. Wasn’t Lewis provoked? Did he not stand his ground? That’s the law of the land now, right?

    Good post snakes1. I’d like to add that all of those still with their panties in a bunch over Ray Lewis, get over it. If you have no problem with what Zimmermouse did, then there is no way you can feel the way you do about ESPN’s newest NFL analyst. If so, go listen to the classic Bob Marley song, “Hypocrites”, it’s about you.

  163. 25yearindyfan says: Sep 7, 2013 8:03 PM

    Bashing Christians is completely acceptable. But how dare you bash gays? Sick.

  164. doall24 says: Sep 7, 2013 8:15 PM

    25yearindyfan says: Sep 7, 2013 8:03 PM

    Bashing Christians is completely acceptable. But how dare you bash gays? Sick.
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    i don’t bash anyone. i enjoy sharing God’s word with believers and in the end, God will have judgement on all of us and how we led our lives. sin is sin, and we can not knowingly live our lives in sin each day. God sent his one and only son for our sins, you can either except that fact or reject it. all the science in the world won’t help when we stand before God.

  165. nrae73 says: Sep 7, 2013 8:25 PM

    Advertisers don’t want to be associated with someone who alienates large segments of the population. It may shock some posting on here, but heterosexuals offended for their gay family and friends make up a large segment of the population, much larger than the actual gay population.

    The only thing that matters here is he put his employers revenue at risk. All this freedom of speech, PC overkill, God’s will, blah blah blah is irrelevant. Money is the only thing that is at work here, not some extreme liberalism.. That’s the society we live in. Deal.

  166. 25yearindyfan says: Sep 7, 2013 8:25 PM

    25yearindyfan says: Sep 7, 2013 8:03 PM

    Bashing Christians is completely acceptable. But how dare you bash gays? Sick.
    ————————————————-
    i don’t bash anyone. i enjoy sharing God’s word with believers and in the end, God will have judgement on all of us and how we led our lives. sin is sin, and we can not knowingly live our lives in sin each day. God sent his one and only son for our sins, you can either except that fact or reject it. all the science in the world won’t help when we stand before God.

    _________________________________

    My comment must not have conveyed my immense sarcasm. I’m a Christian who is utterly frustrated that the left side and liberal media have made society feel completely comfortable with bashing religion. But when one person says anything about the gay community, their a terrible person.

  167. doall24 says: Sep 7, 2013 8:36 PM

    My comment must not have conveyed my immense sarcasm. I’m a Christian who is utterly frustrated that the left side and liberal media have made society feel completely comfortable with bashing religion. But when one person says anything about the gay community, their a terrible person.
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    i am not frustrated, more sad at what society has accepted. i don’t let anyone, the media or politicians change my beliefs, no matter what is happening in the world. my only hope is they will repent and turn from their ways. even though i don’t believe what they are doing is right, i won’t let them change me. i wouldn’t be frustrated with them, pray for them.

  168. Matt B says: Sep 7, 2013 9:08 PM

    Again, companies have THE RIGHT to hire and fire who they choose. James is polarizing because he is a political figure. What if a man said he hated Christians because he was Muslim? Wouldn’t you ALL be crying for his job? I think so.

  169. ashlynkat says: Sep 7, 2013 9:28 PM

    As numerous other reasonable minded folks have stated–Americans have the right to free speech and protection from the government infringing on that right.

    We do NOT have the right to never receive criticism for the content of that speech nor do we have the right to force private citizens and businesses to have to put up our “Free Speech” and views if they’re bad for business.

  170. ashlynkat says: Sep 7, 2013 9:41 PM

    alphawolf01 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:54 AM

    Love how the majority have to bend over backwards for the minority. I guess someone is going to tell me that their gay lisp and need to parade around like fairies is genetic too.

    ==============================

    Alpha, you’re incorrect. The MAJORITY of folks (most of us straight) find bigotry and hatred offensive.

    You don’t have to be gay to be a decent human being.

  171. onefrommany says: Sep 7, 2013 11:12 PM

    well, his statement was true. guess he could have told everyone a lie. they would have liked that better.

  172. jimatmad says: Sep 8, 2013 11:12 PM

    As ignorant as Craig James is, how did he NOT get elected in Texas?

  173. patriots420 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:56 AM

    This d-bag showed his colors when he threw a tantrum when his punk son wva sent getting playing time at TT ands got Mike Leach fired. I’m not a Leach apologist I just hate people with some notoriety throwing their weight around for their kids to get an advantage. That is why his son his a no talent crybaby trying to ride his daddy’s coattail.

    I don’t care to see this fake personality on my television ever again unless it is him going to jail or something equivalent.

    I’m not too fond of prancing fairies myself but they are still people and deserve to be treated as equals, it all goes back to my feelings on bullying, everyone regardless of beliefs should be able to live life without having people bringing them down. The golden rule is something we should all strive to live by.

  174. kitnamania13 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:15 PM

    The guy was trying to get elected in Texas. Of course he’s going to say stuff like that.

  175. chitribefan says: Sep 9, 2013 2:17 PM

    To all those whining about Free Speech, it is alive and well. He didn’t get put in jail for what he uttered. It just so happens that the companies that he has tried to work for, don’t believe he is a good representative of their brand. He is free to run his ignorant mouth however he wants. The companies are free not to hire him. His beliefs make him look like an ass. I wouldn’t want him representing my company either.

  176. gunpowdah says: Sep 9, 2013 2:54 PM

    Candidate A: says he wouldn’t attend a gay pride parade for religious reasons.

    Candidate B: convicted of obstruction of justice in a double murder trial. Multiple witnesses say candidate B was the culprit, but physical evidence was disposed of and he walks free.

    Guess which one is still an employee at ESPN?

  177. pglht says: Sep 9, 2013 3:02 PM

    That comment is anything but anti-gay, but this isn’t a FreeSpeech issue like some have said but for people who are happy he isn’t given employment because of his comment better not have an issue if lets say a Chris Kluewi is denied employment because of his views/comments

  178. pglht says: Sep 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    I find it ironic how people are attacking anyone who doesn’t believe in the gay lifestyle as “bigotry”..would it be “bigotry” if Craig spoke out against polygamy or adult incest relationships(which both do exist in other cultures,so they aren’t straw-men). No one has to accept or respect the gay lifestyle..no more than an atheist has to accept/respect religion. if gay people would just mind their own business and not try to force their lives on others then the vitriol they do receive would be considerably less..most “anti-gay” comments stem from the fact that gays go all out to punish people who don’t conform to their views.

  179. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 9, 2013 5:25 PM

    pglht says: Sep 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    I find it ironic how people are attacking anyone who doesn’t believe in the gay lifestyle as “bigotry”..would it be “bigotry” if Craig spoke out against polygamy or adult incest relationships(which both do exist in other cultures,so they aren’t straw-men). No one has to accept or respect the gay lifestyle..no more than an atheist has to accept/respect religion. if gay people would just mind their own business and not try to force their lives on others then the vitriol they do receive would be considerably less..most “anti-gay” comments stem from the fact that gays go all out to punish people who don’t conform to their views.
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    FULLY AGREE.

  180. onebucplace says: Sep 9, 2013 9:03 PM

    Amazing how intolerant the left is and how they just want to silence anyone with a dissenting opinion.

  181. 4ever9er says: Sep 9, 2013 9:40 PM

    @Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 9, 2013 5:25 PM
    pglht says: Sep 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    No one has to accept or respect the gay lifestyle..no more than an atheist has to accept/respect religion. if gay people would just mind their own business and not try to force their lives on others then the vitriol they do receive would be considerably less..most “anti-gay” comments stem from the fact that gays go all out to punish people who don’t conform to their views.
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    In my entire life I have never had a Gay person come to me and say except my lifestyle, I have heard Gay people say except me for who I am! What I find ironic is that we still have people who actually don’t have lives of their own and are constantly worrying about what others are doing with their lives. Why should Craig James, myself or anyone else care who gets married to who are what? As a straight Christian male, I don’t understand one mans attraction to another, but I also don’t care that they are attracted to that man, as long as they treat me decently I don’t have a problem with goes on with them. As for the Christianity aspect, God is the judge and whatever any of us does, will be judged at that time, but this I know for sure; God didn’t make any of us Judges!

  182. jordiway73 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:57 AM

    Ask college football players how many gay players they want in their locker room.

  183. bucsducksipa says: Sep 10, 2013 12:23 PM

    We should be taking moral advice from a former SMU player? The only program in the history of college football to receive the death penalty. Now that’s a high horse if ever there was one.

  184. Shayn Roby says: Sep 10, 2013 8:12 PM

    God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and STEVE!!

  185. drock36 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:30 PM

    Another bigot bites the dust. It’s a wonderful country.

  186. str82dvd says: Sep 11, 2013 12:03 AM

    It’s not about Freedom of Speech, it’s about who controls the media. You’d be unemployable saying the opposite just 40-50 years ago. It’s simply that right now, those who would destroy Western Civilization are at the controls. And they eat at the pillars of our society like termites.

  187. 4ever9er says: Sep 11, 2013 12:13 AM

    @jordiway73 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:57 AM

    Ask college football players how many gay players they want in their locker room.
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    It doesn’t matter what they want in their locker room, but consider that 1 out of 5 men are gay (whether in the closet or out in the open), that means on a typical college football team of 60 players, there are possibly 12 gay guys on that team. I know that 12 is a large number, at least 2 of the 12 are gay.

  188. mogogo1 says: Sep 11, 2013 10:12 AM

    Somehow, I think he’d be employed despite the gay comments if not for all his other negatives:
    1) He was never that great a commentator; just a former player whose name you kind of remembered.
    2) He severely hurt his credibility with his behavior during the whole Mike Leach affair. Being seen as a helicopter dad who got a coach fired and whined about the whole thing during broadcasts doesn’t look good to viewers or employers.
    2) He didn’t just lose his Senate bid and make the anti-gay statements, he got crushed and looked like a total buffoon, including producing a hilariously bad TV spot that was labeled as one of the worst political ads ever made.

  189. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:10 PM

    “Don’t agree with me? Bigot.”

    “I don’t agree with you? My right.”

  190. ace8842 says: Sep 12, 2013 3:00 PM

    This is ridiculous. It is one thing if James made the comments during a sports broadcast, but he did not. Many people believe the same way James does, including myself. I am getting tired lately of ESPN pushing a pro-gay agenda.

  191. 52lightsxout52 says: Sep 13, 2013 4:10 PM

    I think we all know what his job prospects would be if he were Muslim…

  192. Deb says: Sep 13, 2013 10:51 PM

    Oooh … missed this story. Just wanted to tell Craig: Mike Leach says hi! :)

  193. doggeatdogg says: Sep 14, 2013 12:27 AM

    Freedom of speech – absolutely
    Freedom of employer to fire – yeah

    Translation: don’t say things at work not related to the job that will get your fired. They were just waiting for a misstep and he handed it to them.

  194. billsfan1 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:23 AM

    I happen to agree with Craig James, as does, most normal people in America

    yet you hide behind an alias on here.. nice

  195. richardernsberger says: Sep 14, 2013 5:57 PM

    Craig James is just another crazy christian–or maybe he’s just a cynical politician who tried to appeal to the many crazy christians in texas, which is one of the freakiest states in the country. You don’t criticize other human beings for no good reason. You don’t do it. If I ran for office in texas, and spent time talking about how stupid certain types of texans are, I’d be on more more solid ground than James–but I’d lose the election and then lose my job, just like he did. And he deserved to lose it.

  196. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Sep 14, 2013 8:03 PM

    Anyone who thinks the Almighty God who created every person, the earth, light, gravity, black holes, galaxy clusters, etc would get mad at a person loving another person regardless of race or gender in a world so full of hate is an idiot. I wouldn’t wanna follow that God anyway, ill kick it in hell anyday of the week and twice on sunday

  197. lunacy1984 says: Sep 19, 2013 10:06 PM

    He didn’t say anything anti-gay at his job. The guy asked him if he agreed with his statement and he said no and then he stated it’s because of his beliefs. How is this wrong? Don’t ask the question if you can’t handle the truth.

  198. scooter7777777 says: Sep 28, 2013 1:19 PM

    Texas is home to some of the dumbest people on the planet. I wish they would have seceded form the U.S., like they threatened to do. No loss there.

  199. skinsfan83 says: Sep 28, 2013 2:57 PM

    Sure do wish this helped me pick my fantasy line up…

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