Craig James accuses FOX Sports of religious discrimination

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Former Patriots running back Craig James, who lost his job commentating on college football for FOX Sports after just one week, now says he was the victim of religious discrimination, and he has hired a lawyer to do something about it.

James spent one week working for FOX Sports Southwest before FOX announced that he would not be back, citing anti-gay comments James had made. James now says those comments were expressions of his religious beliefs, and he says FOX’s statement about his termination was tantamount to a ban on religious people working at the network.

“I was shocked that my personal religious beliefs were not only the reason for Fox Sports firing me but I was completely floored when I read stories quoting Fox Sports representatives essentially saying that people of faith are banned from working at FOX Sports,” James told Breitbart.com. “That is not right and surely someone made a terrible mistake.”

But FOX did not say people of faith are banned from working at FOX Sports. What FOX said was that James’s anti-gay comments would not be tolerated by FOX’s human resources department. FOX also says James is a polarizing figure, and that his initial hiring was not properly vetted.

James was a Pro Bowler in 1985 and had a successful broadcasting career at ESPN, which he left to run for the U.S. Senate in his home state of Texas. James finished a distant fourth in the Republican primary, with 4 percent of the vote. ESPN said during James’s Senate campaign that he would not be brought back, and other than that one week at FOX Sports Southwest, he has not found work in broadcasting since leaving ESPN.

200 responses to “Craig James accuses FOX Sports of religious discrimination

  1. Using religion as an excuse for hate speech is not acceptable. Hope he gets laughed out of court and his attorneys cost him a lot of money.

  2. Tolerance isn’t about tolerating your intolerance. You don’t speak as they’re beliefs, you speak as if they’re fact. They’re not. They’re far from it.

  3. Just as big of a whiner and self entitled jerk as his son. Biggest difference is that his son was in a closest and wanted out, while Craig prefers that those in the closet remain in there.

  4. I do events for a living. I have worked with Mr. James more than once. Super nice guy–BUT he is also a religious whack job with an agenda. People like this always act like “they are merely standing up for their faith”. What you are really doing is dividing people. If you are a Christian, trying to bring others to Jesus–and that more than anything else in the whole world is what is really important to you (as he and others say), how do expect that to occur when you name call, judge and discriminate against others? You don’t have to be ‘pro gay’ to just accept people, be who you are, and try and bring others to Christ. He has political ambitions. Period
    also–no matter what your faith, when you work in broadcasting and in the public eye, you have to learn–your beliefs don’t matter.

  5. If you are of the opinion that FOX shouldn’t fire a commentator for pro-gay comments then you must also bbelieve they cannot fire you for anti-gay comments. That used to be the beauty of this great country. We were allowed to have different viewpoints. I don’t really care to hear a sports commentator give his views during a broadcast however.

  6. Oh, I feel so sorry for this poor persecuted fellow. It must be really tough being the bully and the victim at the same time.

  7. Well, to all of those PC’ers in the world, you reap what you sow….”being offended” works both ways and now, you have a court case on your hand from someone on the other end of the spectrum being “offended”

  8. It’s a private business, and this guy isn’t mopping the floors. He’s a visible representation of their brand. Making the kind of extreme statements he’s made, not rooted in science, are ignorant, and Fox has every right to not want to employ him. It’s the free market baby.

  9. Having religious views and voicing religious views are the same thing. Last I checked it was illegal to discriminate based on religion. Though under Obama we know its OK to discriminate against Christians.

  10. So if your religion believes white people are better than black people and you talk about it on the air and the network dismisses you for it it’s religious discrimination?

    Put a sock in it Craig. Learn when to keep your personal/religious/political beliefs to yourself. namely, while on the air. FOX or ESPN or any network doesn’t have to create a public relations nightmare for themselves for you becasue of anything YOU believe, and they won’t EVER.

  11. This is so stupid. The company is trying to get the most money/ratings that it can. The point of the commentator is to inform and give some indepth knowledge on the players…not cause people to turn off the channel. If Fox believes they will lose ratings because of him (regardless of why) they should be allowed to fire him without issue.

  12. In a way, he’s right. In an effort to make sure that everyone can practice their beliefs, many people (James included) are being asked not to practice their beliefs. The idea of practicing tolerance has made us intolerant of people who say what they believe. Let’s not be hypocritical.

  13. It is entirely at the network’s discretion to find someone they think is going to get good ratings.

    Shocking that someone proclaiming ill-informed hate speak as his religion would be found to be unpopular.

  14. What irony! Fox Sports firing someone for spewing the same point of view that is touted and embraced by the “news” branch of their network

  15. People can’t have opinions anymore. We are all supposed to be robots that accept everything, except for people with different opinions. Not a fan of James, but I think it is silly that someone’s political beliefs hinder him from getting a job. Accept him like you expect him to accept you. Set the example, not the double standard!

  16. LMAO Goodluck proving this Craig.

    And FYI the media business has every right to can you if they feel your past publicly made opinions don’t reflect their image.

    Oh and please oh please let there be someone who says something dumb about “Free Speech” so they can expose themselves as being completely clueless as to what that actually means.

  17. NO!! You are not being “persecuted” for your religious beliefs…You are being ostracized for your narrow, bigoted attitudes…Big difference….You need to OWN it, and stop whining about things that are not true.

  18. If all he said was people choose to be gay, I don’t really think that’s “anti-gay” just an opinion. While I don’t agree with it I don’t think that’s grounds for Fox to fire him. Seems to be a double standard in society where Christians can be discriminated against while other religions such as Muslims, you can’t say anything to.

  19. Well Craig, this is what happens when you open mouth. You have the right to practice religion and Fox cannot fire you based on your religion. They can fire you if they feel your actions (things you say and/or physical actions) do not reflect the values of the company.

    Somewhere Mike Leach is smiling. Unfortunately the dead hookers are not.

  20. Poor guy is confusing the first amendment with things your employer can control while you are at work. Sad thing is that he has a college diploma and doesn’t understand that concept.

  21. James is a victim of his own words and actions. Whether it is kid that is “mistreated”, or being “discriminated” against, he has set the tone with his own judgmental comments and attitudes over the years…

  22. Religious discrimination has no place in sports or sports news reporting!

    That’s one area where the Browns got it right.

    They hired Mike Lombardturd. He’s a Mooney!

  23. Get used to it Craig…..we live in a society where anything goes, the weirder the better. I hope you win, but I know you wont. You believe In Christ and have morals…..you are a minority in this screwed up country.

  24. How exactly is being against gay marriage somehow anti-gay? That’s the whole point. Just because one supports traditional marriage, that doesn’t make him or her a bigot. Personally, I think gays should have the equal right to be equally miserable as the rest of us married people, but I digress.

  25. I don’t care which ancient sky god you worship; that’s your deal. Just don’t try to insert whatever your dusty sky god manual says into my football time. If I wanted to hear other people’s religious opinions, I’d turn on CBN. This is football-a game- a sport not a church.

  26. His comments weren’t “anti-gay”. He said he believes its a choice and they will have to answer to the Lord.

    Media does an excellent job of vilifying anyone who doesnt line up with their liberal viewpoints. Believing in traditional marriage does not make you an angry bigoted a-hole.

    If you believe that a brother and sister shouldnt be able to get married, then arent you also denying them their right to chose who to love?? Where is the outrage for making incest illegal by the liberals????

  27. I didn’t know it could be my religious right to degrade and dehumanize my fellow Americans! This opens up a whole new world for me!

    Please, join my new religion “Screwthelefties-ity”. I’m so sick of the sinister left-handed cabal ruining this great country and sending us straight to hell. They shouldn’t have the right to marry and/or flaunt their left-handedness for all to see. It’s disgusting.

  28. Craig James is just an a$$hole and needs to come to grips with that fact. What he did to shame (by him and his son lying) Texas Tech and Mike Leach and now bigotry shows a history of being an a-hole.

  29. James also doesn’t get that FOX bringing him back can possibly open up FOX to lawsuits for creating a hostile work environment. What James also doesn’t get is there is a huge legal difference between interpreting what they said as “people of faith are banned from working at FOX sports” and actually saying it.

  30. Go away Craig James, go far far away. You Sealed your fate with your Texas Tech shenanigans. Fox sports screwed up big time when they hired you without taking Texas Tech into account. ESPN Doesn’t want you either and they take anybody.

  31. If Craig James wants to espouse his personal religious beliefs, he is free to do so on any of the umpteen religious TV programs or networks, but Fox Sports is under no duty or obligation to air them.

  32. He is supported by Breitbart.com. Nuff said. Maybe he can dress like a pimp and go undercover.

    He’s too stupid to realize that he was fired by the NFL, as much as Faux Sports.

  33. What a waste of oxygen. Sue crazy! Why don’t you take responsibility for your own actions? Just another excuse like his son being injured at TT. Got Leach fired. What foes around comes around.

  34. This guy is a piece of garbage and needs to be thrown in the landfill. Can’t believe he got hired in the first place. Everyone knows exactly what this bigot crybaby is about.

  35. I support James all the way!

    I cannot stand the hypocrisy of FOX and others like them. They think they have the prerogative to judge?! They are doing nothing less than what James did, namely, they denounced him simply because they did not agree. In fact, they did even more! The fired him and have attempted to ruin him. Talk about bigoted . . . .

    Hypocrites!

  36. The sporting world leads the way on issues of discrimination so often. Why is that?
    Calling your bigotry a religious belief is lazy and kind of pathetic. It should also be noted that ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself,’ comes with no caveats for gays, brown people, people with differing beliefs etc. Christians are supposed to follow the New Testament not the Old.
    Maybe James should read the book his beliefs are based on instead of listening to intemperate preachers.

  37. Will all the “someone can fire you if you don’t preach their message/image” asshats please actually READ the Bill of Rights. Because you all FAIL the test of freedoms of speech and religion. Because those tests are NEVER to defend only what you agree with. Rather the test is to defend what you DISAGREE with.

  38. “52lightsxout52 says:
    Sep 28, 2013 11:39 AM
    This story begs the question:

    What would the narrative of the story be if James was Muslim???”

    He wouldn’t be fired and it wouldn’t have been mentioned since James comments were not on air.

  39. Easy fix. Hire him back at minimum wage. Assign him to cover obscure D3 schools with strict religious ethics (that he fully supports) to cover their competitive sport (singular). Shelve the tape from the game…then next week, repeat.

  40. Is anyone in Texas not a rootin’ tootin’ good ol’ boy caveman? No one choses to be gay any more than they chose to be tall, short, white, black, or straight. They do, however, chose to be bigots. James made his choice. Now he can live with it.

  41. If you want to spout your religious views publicly and on air, go work for Jerry Fallwell or the 700 club. I dont go to church to find out baseball scores and what fantasy players I should sit, so why should we have to hear about religion and God on FX1??

  42. mykpfsu – Understandyour rights. The Bill of Rights has nothing to do with this. Was he thrown in jail? Did anyone say he should be? Then his rights were not violated. I wish people would get it through their heads that the Constitution does not apply to the private sector. And typing random words in caps just makes you look dumber.

  43. FOR AN ORDINARY PLAYER AND ANALYSIST AT BEST, HE SURE GANTERS A LOT OF ATTENTION! KARMA SEEMS TO BE EXTRACTING A BIT OF REVENGE ON THIS SELF SERVING JACKA$$! MIKE LEACH WILL SLEEP WELL TONITE!

  44. Wasn’t this guy part of the Pony Express backfield? Didn’t SMU players take money from boosters? Did Texas Tech really fire Mike Leach defending the son of this bozo?

    This Craig James guy is a straight up psychopath. He can now join Sean Salisbury as former broadcasters stuck in delusion.

    Good riddance. Oh. And Buddy Ryan of all people OWNED you in that Bears/Pats Super Bowl!

  45. mykpfsu says:
    Sep 28, 2013 11:54 AM
    Will all the “someone can fire you if you don’t preach their message/image” asshats please actually READ the Bill of Rights. Because you all FAIL the test of freedoms of speech and religion. Because those tests are NEVER to defend only what you agree with. Rather the test is to defend what you DISAGREE with.

    ____________________________________

    The Bill of Rights doesn’t guarantee you the right to say whatever you want and face no consequences from your employer. Nobody is arguing that he be jailed, dude.

    Oh, and the First Amendment certainly doesn’t make this turd immune from being blasted on the Internet.

  46. No, Craig James, you don’t understand. You totally have the right, in this country, to say and believe whatever you want, no matter how hateful, discriminatory, and racist your thoughts might be. And you won’t be arrested and thrown in jail.
    But companies also have the right to not hire hateful, discriminatory bigots like you. See? There _ARE_ consequences for your actions!

  47. and to everyone who uses the term “traditional marriage” with a straight face referring to what religion teaches us on marriage is just pathetic.

    “Traditional Marriage” to the bible includes: one man – one wife, one man – many wives, one man – wife and slaves, one man – dead brother’s wife, one man – rape victim. Those are all “traditional marriage” according to the bible. Also, marriages are void if the wife is not a virgin and she should be put to death…hope your wives were clean.

    If you are going to try to be a scriptural literalist you can’t pick and choose without being called out for being ignorant.

  48. i’m pretty sure if ahmad rashad said death to america for supporting gay marriage, and israel he wouldn’t be allowed to host that silly little basketball show anymore. although gay marriage doesn’t seem to be the social issue that is most on the mind if islam.

    or maybe they can compromise with james. he can keep his job, but he has to cover bills games.

  49. James said that God will judge the choices of gays. Of course, God will judge the choices of everyone. Had James said God will judge the choices of people who engage in pre marital sex or take birth control the reaction would be non existent. Many religions believe that legal acts are sins, and while they may not be judged on earth, they will be judged by God.

    Its strange to think a group of people believe everyone should approve of the sex they choose perform with other people.

    It’s only nobody’s business until you disapprove, then you will be publically destroyed for your opinion

  50. These days employers are in a tangle when it comes to these “rights” as it is often impossible to please everybody, however, there are legal considerations that have to come into play. Bottom line is that is is just plain poor judgement and provocative to bring one’s personal religious beliefs into the workplace. The same legal system that protects your “religious freedoms” also protects against discrimination and hate rhetoric. I don’t think Mr. James is going to find sympathy for his pathetic and flimsy grievance, among intelligent adults and is a blackeye to the sports media.

  51. your employer has the right to fire you for a lot more things than you think especially when you sign a contract to work there. your rights have nothing to do with it there. it is his right to believe in bigotry but hr can do it working somewhere else. he will not win this case.

  52. karlpk says: Sep 28, 2013 11:54 AM

    The sporting world leads the way on issues of discrimination so often. Why is that?
    Calling your bigotry a religious belief is lazy and kind of pathetic. It should also be noted that ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself,’ comes with no caveats for gays, brown people, people with differing beliefs etc. Christians are supposed to follow the New Testament not the Old.
    Maybe James should read the book his beliefs are based on instead of listening to intemperate preachers.

    Wrong.
    The New Testament actually suggests doing some nasty and unreasonable stuff to gays.

  53. If he express the same about people who tell fortunes, commit adultery, or have sex before marriage, I’d go with him. All of those things call for the death penalty by stoning in the bible. You can’t pick and choose. Who says the anti gay part is more important than killing fortune tellers?

  54. So wait; James was fired based not on any recent comments, but based on a comment he made at a campaign rally last year–before he was even an employee of Fox Sports? Were these comments not publicly known when he was hired? Look, I’m not defending Craig James; his comments were inflammatory, inappropriate and I don’t agree with them; but I don’t think he ought to lose his job over it, either. If he had made comments like that as an employee of Fox Sports, that would be different.

  55. it amuses me when those who with regularity are dismissive of anti-discrimination laws are the first in line to claim their rights when they find themselves victim of their own making.

    this mook had no problem when the people being treated differently were gay (or other people not like him).

    what gets me is how a largely affluent, politically empowered group like the religious right continously thinks they have been singled out for less than fair treatment. about half the congress kowtows to them as it is.

    regardless of the disingenuous use of equal employment laws, however, this man has no legal ground to stand on. ask jimmy the greek.

    and doesn’t the fact that this man was nominated for high public office with no other qualifications than his football career and a bunch of provocative public statements disqualify him from later claiming victim status from the same statements?

  56. For someone who is definitely against gay marriage, mostly for reasons that have nothing to do with religion, I thought his comments were distasteful and stupid. All he had to say was that he wasn’t for it. Fact is, those for gay marriage automatically assume every argument against it is a sign of bigotry and ignorance, so you gotta be smart about where you say comments like that.

    Criticizing others for attending a gay pride event is stooping to people criticizing him for his opinions level, and saying that the lord will make them pay for their actions is something he does not know. No one should be cut out of a job for being against gay marriage, but when you say things like all gay people are going to hell, that’s hate speech.

  57. He didnt get fired because if his viewpoint. He got fired because he expressed his viewpoint on national television during an event where it isn’t appropriate. No one is saying he can’t have an opinion you little whiny babies shut up already. Craig James is a compete narcassistic moron who needs to know when its the proper time to shut his mouth.

  58. Anyone not kowtowing to the gay promotional efforts will be eventually eliminated from any large corporation in the so-called ‘free’ USA.

    The problem is that James did not sign a contract. Fox is under no legal obligation to keep him.

  59. So, if I’m reading the tone of these comments correctly, it’s wrong for someone like Craig James to tell others that their lifestyles or belief systems are wrong, is that about right?

    Then why is it all right for all you hateful, intolerant, bigoted anti-christians to tell Craig James that his lifestyle or belief system is wrong?

    It’s utterly amazing that those who are criticizing James can not see the massive hypocrisy in their statements.

    There are none so intolerant as those who preach tolerance.

  60. Nothing at all wrong with freedom of speech.
    You are completely in your rights to come across like a pretentious, bigoted jerk.

    But an employer is also within its’ rights to terminate employment or stay away from people because of their beliefs and what they say.

    Would out of state teams be obligated to hire me if I am their rival and verbally bash them every chance I get? (Seattle…Dallas…GB.)

    Grow up Craig, and please move along. The poor, poor pitiful me card ain’t working.

  61. fumblenuts says: Sep 28, 2013 11:15 AM

    He right.

    Leviticus 20:13

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    More quotes from that BOOK OF FICTION?

  62. I think Fox will get a phone call from Rush and hire him back, not for sports, however for Fox and friends, they can always use another fool, the one from the view needs a seat mate. Bill

  63. “He didnt get fired because if his viewpoint. He got fired because he expressed his viewpoint on national television during an event where it isn’t appropriate. No one is saying he can’t have an opinion you little whiny babies shut up already. Craig James is a compete narcassistic moron who needs to know when its the proper time to shut his mouth.”

    Re-read the article. He didn’t express his views during a football broadcast for Fox Sports, he expressed them during a political campaign. He worked for ESPN at the time, who fired him. He never said anything new during his brief time at Fox Sports: they admitted they fired him because of the comments made during the campaign before he was even an employee of Fox Sports.

    He absolutely did get fired because of his viewpoint. Regardless of what you or I or anybody else thinks of that viewpoint, if Fox Sports didn’t like it, they never should have hired him in the first place. The network should have done it’s due diligence.

  64. Welcome to America Craig. Employers have the right to terminate employees that they believe damage their brand. Interesting that a political conservative has sought to use a lawsuit to get what he wants in a private dispute. I’m sure Craig campaigned for tort reform because frivolous lawsuits are destroying America. It’s not like James has a history of complaining to institutions to get what he wants. Excuse me. My mistake. He complained to Texas Tech, above the level of head coach, that his son (a player on the team) was not being used properly. The head coach believes James had a role in his firing. If James finally gets his maybe there is a god.

  65. carlsbadboltfan says:
    Sep 28, 2013 1:00 PM
    fumblenuts says: Sep 28, 2013 11:15 AM

    He right.

    Leviticus 20:13

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    More quotes from that BOOK OF FICTION?

    —————————————————————————————-

    sure…

    And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.

    Leviticus 11:7-8

    The guy made a career touching pigskin

  66. Not religious myself, but why are those comments “anti-gay?” If you believe in God, then you believe we’re ALL going to “answer for our actions” some day.

    The PC Cops are getting real stale.

    Maybe he should have said “all corporate white men will have to answer for their actions.” That would have slid right by the PC reactionaries.

  67. Howard Cosell did the world a favor when people realized sports commentators can be full of it.

    Remember Rule 62, Craig.

  68. James knows exactly what he did, he tried to shove his beliefs down the throats of a football audience, he was out of line and doesn’t have a chance of winning this case.

  69. I have no problem with employers black balling James but it shows the hypocrisy of the left. Keith Olberman got rehired at ESPN and the guy has said many vile things about Christians, Republicans, etc.

    Alec Baldwin got a show on MSNBC after they gay bashed someone this summer but he is a lefty so it gets ignored.

    If you are a liberal and you say something dumb people generally will ignore it, forget about it because you are on there team. If you are a conservative it will be brought up forever.

    Look at how the election treated gay marriage. Obama and Romney had the exact same position right until the gay money said they wouldn’t give Obama any more cash. But Obama wasn’t attacked by the Left as anti-gay only Romney was. Yet they had the SAME position.

  70. jlmd17, please explain why everyone hates Craig James because he is white and christian but love Tim Tebow, who is white and christian? Maybe it is because one guy is a pompous hypocrite and the other is a hard working guy who seems to be a genuinely good human being.

  71. He’s from texas, a state teeming with religious freaks. The state school board has a lot of them and, a few years back, it caused a ruckus because it wanted to rewrite Texas high school history books because they didn’t have enough “god” in them. The guy who led the school board at the time was a dentist, who apparently thought that because he was religious he was qualified to decide the content of history books. Typical.

  72. Craig James should never have quit ESPN to run for the Seante, it was a long shot at best that he would get elected. He obviously has money or he would not have been able to run for a position such as the Senate in Texas. ESPN did not want him back because of the political views he expressed during the political race.

    James has a right to his opinion, and FOX sports has a right to disagree with his opinion therefore terminate his employment. Therefore, James will not win any lawsuit.

  73. Let me chime in here…. My wife is an attorney, and although not a specialist in this type of law, she says James does indeed have a case, a potentially strong one.

    And although Fox will obviously avoid hiring him, they’ll need to settle. James could probably receive compensatory damages equal or possibly greater than 5 years of pay in addition to other possible settlements.

  74. I am conservative, and I have no problem with anyone religious beliefs, whether such beliefs lead them to disagree with gay marriage or support it. However, this guy is such a stain on society-a perpetual “victim” who thinks that making unsupported accusations is even remotely acceptable.

    First, he get’s mike leach fired from Tech for a situation that Craig James has absolutely no personal knowledge concerning

    Now, he plans on suing Fox by twisting their words trying to play the victim.

    I hope he does sue-and some Fox lawyer destroys him in a deposition.

  75. I accuse him of being awful on the air. He also needs to realize the state he tried to be a Senator from, and failed miserably, is a right-to-work state and you can be fired for wearing the wrong shoes.

  76. Religion is a fabrication that allows people to believe there is more in life than football. Science has since shown that this is not true.

  77. What you’re all missing here is that whether you believe dinosaurs were invented by the liberal media in the 1950’s or that Baptists should all be institutionalized; if you’re a 16 year old girl who’s become “Wiccan” to piss off her parents, you’re looking for insider tips to win your isolated Buddhist monastery’s fantasy football league, or you’re Bill Maher; all you’re doing right now is playing right into the media’s game. The media’s job is to draw in readership, and every click on this page, every comment you make is literally going straight into the authors’ wallets.

    For those on the religious side, the media will never support you– they’ll be publishing articles designed to get your goat til the end of time. By responding, all you’re doing is encouraging the media to continue producing articles critical of your faith.

    For those on the secular side, by responding to articles like this, and hammering their bias down the throats of those who have a different belief system than you, all you’re doing is driving a larger wedge between the secular and religious communities, further polarizing both sides and nudging even the most moderate, open-minded churchgoers in the direction of irrationality and fanaticism.

    Basically, whatever your beliefs, we shouldn’t let the media’s need to sell stories and make money divide us, polarize our society and drive us further apart. I’m the furthest thing from a Kumbaya-singing hippie, but can’t we all just get along?

  78. I guarantee you part of his contract contained a clause where he could not bring negative publicity to his employer. I have worked in banking and ANY time I was wearing a bank-branded/logo shirt I was “representing the bank” and could be fired if my behavior reflected badly on the bank.

    He doesn’t understand that they mean what they say in those contracts. If he brings negative press to the brand he can and should be fired. It actually would be a standard part of ANY media contract and he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

  79. hines86for6 says: Sep 28, 2013 2:17 PM

    he would go running to Breitbart.com to whine. what an infant.
    _________________
    You’ve got CNN, NBC, MSNBC, the NYT, WaPo, NPR, ClearChannel, the New Republic, New Yorker, and the Huffington Post, yet you constantly whine about the very existence of a couple bands of static-filled AM radio, Breitbart.com, Matt Drudge, and Fox News. what an infant.

  80. This isn’t like being racist in 1921 this is like being racist in 1971 times change attitudes evolve, we are more accepting now. Yay for us, don’t get left behind with your hate.

  81. What thirdistheword is missing is that he added more clicks to support the devil he decries. The thread here is a fascinating study in sociology, psychology, economics and political science, the lefties and righties accusing the other of being intolerant. The true assessment stems from simple principles: The contract controls. The Public Relations/Ratings complex controls. A private employer can regulate language and first amendment rights don’t control. And every once in a while, karma controls. Sorry, CJ. Maybe there’s an opening on the Westboro Board of Directors.

  82. billybarrule says: Sep 28, 2013 3:06 PM

    Religion is a fabrication that allows people to believe there is more in life than football. Science has since shown that this is not true.
    _________
    As the prophet Bear Bryant once said, Fridays are for high school, Saturdays are for college and Sundays are for the NFL– who are these people disrespecting our sabbath?

  83. ukedad says: Sep 28, 2013 3:38 PM

    This isn’t like being racist in 1921 this is like being racist in 1971 times change attitudes evolve, we are more accepting now. Yay for us, don’t get left behind with your hate.
    _______________
    I’m pretty sure it’s not anything like being a racist.

  84. You know who else was a polarizing figure? Jesus, Ghandi, MLK were all considered polarizing and all changed the history of the world. Why would you expect a Christ follower to be any different than the one he claims to serve? What will you do if you take away all free speach of “religious nut jobs” and like history always does, reverses course and you end up being the ones without a voice? A wise person would try to allow all a voice in all forums even if what they say is offensive to you. Your turn to speak might be next…

  85. Those whiny “conservative Christians” seem to want to forget their past. They want to forget that their religion was founded on the same tolerance they want us to forget.

    The want to forget that a basic tenant of their religion is INCLUSION, yet they constantly work to exclude anyone who doesn’t believe in THEIR view of the Bible

    Why should we all be sensitive to so called Christian intolerance as represented by Craig James? Its because we all should never forget that for the past 2000 years these so called paragons of virtues have been responsible for killing more people than any individual group in HISTORY. Even more ironic is that most of the people they’ve killed have called themselves “Christians” Just not the right kind evidently.

    We have to be very vigilant and aware of James and his ilk, because the same conditions that sparked the Inquision and the Crusades are lingering right below the surface of every society.

    We only have to look at the death and destruction of the Wahhabism movement in Islam to see what damage a distinct tiny minority can do when they twist the words of the Koran and turn it into poison.

    We should take a lesson from the Shia and Sunni’s who regularly blow each other up all in the name of THEIR views of Mohammed’s teaching.

    It is comforting to see that such a great majority here correctly see this for what it is. However that intolerant small minority who want to protect James can cause a lot of damage…..all in the name of God.

  86. berniesboys says: “In a way, he’s right. In an effort to make sure that everyone can practice their beliefs, many people (James included) are being asked not to practice their beliefs.”

    No, asking James to not practice his beliefs would mean Fox was trying to force him to be gay. There’s a big difference between practicing your beliefs and spewing them out for public consumption.

  87. Everytime I read or hear about a Christian bemoaning that his religious rights have been taken from him, I wonder if he, and other Christians are as supportive of the religious rights of others. I can’t wait for the first player interview after a game that a player delcares “Allah Akbar”, which is basically the same as a player saying that he gives all praise to God. I can’t help but feel that Craig James, like most Christians would be the first to demonize that person. Keep your religion to yourself.

  88. Leave your religion bull crap out o it! Your a sports broadcaster not a preacher! No one cares about your views on things all you were there for was to report on sports! Just another example of religion messing things up!

  89. We don’t want him claiming to be a Texan. He is hated from Lubbock to Maine, and all points in between. Maybe he can get a job calling Texas Tech games…Probably from the end of a noose. I would love to know what Eric Dickerson thinks of Craig Jesse James.
    All said, Fox probably realized he was a liablility in all regards from the Texas Tech debacle, to his political fantasies, to his lack of knowledge of the real world in general. I am amazed Fox even talked to him in the first place.

  90. James is causing trouble for Fox and football, kind of reminds me of tea party boy Ted Cruz (sp ) and his witch hunt in congress, and his lies about Obama care, however come Tuesday it will be alive and well. Bill

  91. A lot of you guys are getting this wrong…. He wasn’t fired because Fox Sports disagrees with him for all we know everyone there thinks the same thing…..He was fired because what he said will not help Fox Sports make money and that is the purpose of business.

  92. Let me get this straight. If his views are not shared by you, then he is narrow minded a bigot and a religious fanatic. At least he has enough fortitude to stand behind what he believes. Can any of you say the same

  93. Reading these comments…America is a MESS. James is aligned with the wrong god, according to most Americans. If you aren’t for gays, illegal wars, corrupt governments, propaganda media and chants of USA USA USA….then you are considered a terrorist…what a mess this country is in.

    Wake up people and start getting your souls back in order, you have been deceived, manipulated and murdered into rejecting your spirituality…you are not material beings…think about that.

  94. These days, if you have a belief that you stand behind with conviction, particularly if it flows against the sociocultural current, you’re quickly labeled a bigot. Quite simply, if you believe with conviction that the Bible is true, and hold fast to its teachings, you’re hateful, anti-everything, and a loon.

    It’s much easier to cower into the corner and blend in with society when the majority believes what you do.

    We all put on our party hats and cheer for guys like Chris Kluwe who write vulgar and derogatory letters to politicians in support of his views…then we paint guys like James to be whack-Jobs.

    Apparently freedom of speech only applies to those who agree with the majority.

    God Bless America anyway.

  95. sbrd12 says:
    Sep 28, 2013 5:31 PM
    Let me get this straight. If his views are not shared by you, then he is narrow minded a bigot and a religious fanatic. At least he has enough fortitude to stand behind what he believes. Can any of you say the same?

    Yes, and he is a narrow minded bigot and a religious fanatic. His religion promotes hate and bigotry and he deserves to be fired for believing that cr@p.

  96. Simply amazing! Those who yell to accept everyone and everyone’s ways, spew hate on those who call themselves Christians. Should you not accept those who believe in a higher power? Or is it okay to accept everyone except those who have other views than yours?

  97. Interesting how you can be fired for being a Christian, but keep your job by embracing Secularism. The intolerance of Craig James beliefs is reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Whoever opposed was put to death. Although, the US is not there, this is how it begins. This country and too many of its citizens seem to be “ok” with discrimination as long as it doesn’t affect them. If this continues one day it will be you. Lastly, if many of these relative truths existed at the founding of this country half of its founding fathers would be persecuted. Same old story great men seem to always be persecuted. Any questions see Jesus. Completely innocent nailed to a cross.

  98. So if you are against gay marriage you cant work at fox sports…boy i love toletance..if they fired james for being a horrible analyst then i say fire him..but because of his beliwfs is unamerican

  99. Most of you are idiots who don’t read stories apparently. Just chime in with your oh man religion is bad and more people are dead because of it. There was a study in the state of Florida 2 years ago regarding death row inmates. 98% had not been to church in the last 5 years prior to committing the crime they were on the row for. 99% of those had been arrested prior to the offense they were on the row for. That should answer the nonsense being spewed here. As for James unless he is spewing hate or religious banter on air Fox may have a problem considering their statement. And not one person has shown me any evidence being gay is not learned behavior. If it was natural people wouldn’t be in the closet in the first place. Things that we are born with we accept whether it is in the USA or Russia, such as language, retardism, etc. those are natural occurring things and we simply accept because just like language there is no formal training we just know. Well being gay is a tough sell evverywhere on this planet and that is because we know its not natural. People born in New Zealand have no idea what happens in Finland but they know by 5 if another dude tries to kiss them its wrong and they turn away but not so with a girl. Why?

  100. Oh my bad, I thought freedom of speech was a constitutional right! I guess gays have more rights now? What are they going to do if they here opposing views on gay rights? File a motion against the constitution. Im sure Obama would not mind!

  101. Freedom of speech is a constitutional right. He has not been jailed, he was fired for being a moron. If people would focus on hobbies more and religion less, the world would be a much better place.

  102. Im going to go on national tv and say women are mens servants. When i get fired, ill sue because of my religous beliefs. Its verbatim in the bible, after all. The sickening thing is whacknut blowhards will support me and all of my “morals.”

  103. I registered here to simply leave a comment. MY wife and I are Conservative Catholics and our best friends are a lesbian couple. Don’t simply clump everyone together just because news channels only like to talk about extremists both with liberals and conservatives what i have found is most people are very accepting and neither like people who live off the government, So everyone get over themselves

  104. michaelperalta glad u took the time to register to share ur thoughts…..unfortunately most people register to post statements that make no sense. Unfortunately people like u who make sense don’t always offer their opinions here on topics similar to these.

  105. People can believe in the Tooth fairy for all I care. I choose not to. I believe in what can proven like evolution & that the Earth is 4.5 Billion years old. If people want to have ‘blind faith’ so be it BUT bear in mind that the Bible is just a book that was written by people a LONG time ago. People can interpret the Bible to mean whatever they want it to mean & people don’t always seem to understand that. Bear in mind that white supremacists & the Pope read from the same text & they both believe they’re correct in their assertions of what the Bible says. The world has changed drastically since the Bible was written & like it or not people need to learn how to adapt the world today. I’m sorry but life’s too short for so much resentment towards others who happen to disagree about religion or a lack thereof.

  106. packhawk04 says:
    Sep 28, 2013 8:10 PM
    Im going to go on national tv and say women are mens servants. When i get fired, ill sue because of my religous beliefs. Its verbatim in the bible, after all. The sickening thing is whacknut blowhards will support me and all of my “morals.”
    ______________

    The Bible doesn’t say that.

    You probably shouldn’t try and quote a book you’ve never read.

    It says to treat the woman like the weaker vessel.

    Let me ask you this…if you see a man slap another man across the face, do you try and run to that man’s aid and defend him? Let’s say you know nothing about what happened prior to the slap. Maybe the guy who got slapped shoved the other guy first. Anyway, what would you do if you saw that?

    Now, let’s say you see a man slap a woman in the face. You know nothing about what happened leading up to that event. Are you more inclined to go and run to the woman’s aid, than you were in the first scenario when a man slaps another man?

    I won’t answer it for you, but if you’re answer is that you’d be more inclined to help the woman who gets slapped, than the man who gets slapped, I ask “why?” After all, they’re equal, right?

    You should learn about context. The Bible has a lot of it.

    KThxBye

  107. mykpfsu says:
    Sep 28, 2013 11:54 AM
    Will all the “someone can fire you if you don’t preach their message/image” asshats please actually READ the Bill of Rights. Because you all FAIL the test of freedoms of speech and religion. Because those tests are NEVER to defend only what you agree with. Rather the test is to defend what you DISAGREE with.

    If you actually read the Bill of Rights, you obviously did not understand it. The Bill of Rights protects individuals only against actions by the government, i.e. “Congress,” as spcifically called out in the Bill. It does not prohibit actions by private entities, like the Fox network. Private entities can and do discriminate against individuals all the time – legally. That’s why the KKK legally excludes blacks from its membership on the basis of race. Of course, there are the employment laws, and those do (unlike the Bill of Rights) regulate conduct between private citizens (individual and corporate), and here James may have a case because employers may not discriminate on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, etc. as laid out in the Federal labor laws. That’s why he’s saying this was religious discrimination, otherwise he has no case under the Bill of Rights. Does that enhance your first-grade understanding of the Constitution?

  108. I’m not a fan of Mr. James on any level, BUT he gave his opinion (and clearly tied it to his religious beliefs) while he was NOT acting on behalf of Fox.

    I agree that he may well have a case here.

    P.S. Since when is expressing your opinion automatically regarded as “hate speech”? I didn’t hear him calling for lynchings or anything like that.

  109. I am sick of Muslim-loving, anti-christian atheists defining what can and cannot be said. Everyone walks on eggshells trying not to offend someone. The lesson being taught to kids is a thin skin, while at the same time, little attempt to enhance our understanding of each other. While I may or may not support his views, I do believe he is not inflaming anyone here.

  110. I heard it thru the grapevine that his claim of religious discrimination was filed because FOX refused to succumb to his demand that he be recognized as the one true Messiah. As everyone remembers, this big turd always did have a God complex!

  111. Apparently Mr. James Christian beliefs allow him to continue to lie about the money he took from his best friend while playing at SMU. This guys is a joke and his loser kid demonstrates that he is also a poor excuse for a father. Good riddance!

  112. No, your religious beliefs don’t make your bigoted beliefs any less bigoted Craig. I hope he never finds another job in broadcasting.

  113. northsidesteel says:
    Sep 28, 2013 4:41 PM
    “Everytime I read or hear about a Christian bemoaning that his religious rights have been taken from him, I wonder if he, and other Christians are as supportive of the religious rights of others. I can’t wait for the first player interview after a game that a player delcares “Allah Akbar”, which is basically the same as a player saying that he gives all praise to God. I can’t help but feel that Craig James, like most Christians would be the first to demonize that person. Keep your religion to yourself.”

    Dude, after a grand final I played, the captain of the other team gave thanks to Allah alongside his team (Many of which were also Muslims) for the opportunity. I’m a Christian and I still respected and applauded him and his team’s effort alongside everyone else there. No one had a problem with it nor did they have a problem when our captain (Who was Christian) also thanked God for the game.

    Don’t say most Christians, it’s a definite minority. There are plenty of open-minded and tolerant/supportive Christians out there. They’re kind of demonised alongside the fanatics unfortunately and comments like yours don’t help.

  114. His gay comments may have finished off his broadcasting career, but what did the most damage was his handling of the Mike Leach affair. He came across as a helicopter dad who got a coach fired, then he whined about the affair during broadcasts and took pot-shots at Leach. That didn’t look professional and neither viewers or his employers could have been happy with that.

    And his run for Senate was a disaster even without his gay comments. He was completely crushed in the race and one of his commercials was so bad it was named one of the worst political ads ever made.

    Combine all that with the fact that he was never a stellar commentator and that’s why he’s unemployed. He actually lasted longer in the business than most guys, so he was pretty lucky.

  115. Between the Mike Leach thing and this , he seems like a pretty high maintenance guy. But in this case , he’s dead wrong. He gets to have any religion he wants, he even gets to feel any way he wants and to share that with his family in private, but when he’s at work ( that means anyplace where there could be a live mike near him), he has to keep any opinion to himself that might be counter to FOX’s policy on tolerance of others gender and lifestyle choices. If he honestly believes that God would be against that type of lifestyle, he should let God tend to it; he’s not God, nor are other intolerant people like him. If his lawyers are smart they’ll tell him not to bother, he has no shot in court.

  116. dstep24 says: Sep 28, 2013 5:54 PM

    These days, if you have a belief that you stand behind with conviction, particularly if it flows against the sociocultural current, you’re quickly labeled a bigot. Quite simply, if you believe with conviction that the Bible is true, and hold fast to its teachings, you’re hateful, anti-everything, and a loon.

    ————————————————————-

    If the belief you are espousing is bigoted and you stand behind it then you are a bigot. If the belief you espouse is not bigoted and you stand behind it then you are not a bigot.

    Believing that all people are created equal and deserve to be treated with respect and then standing by that belief would not make you a bigot.

    Believing that some people are inferior and should be treated differently because of their skin color, where they are born, what books they choose to read, or who they choose to love and then standing by that belief would make you a bigot.

    Pretty simple stuff.

  117. We live in a liberal, go as you wish, with no reverence to about anything these days.

    We are pretty much a selfish, money-hungry, non-God fearing country, that has turned SO liberal, we have constant “news “ABC, CBS, and NBC that have slanted all media to the left, and it is a shame.

    No check and balance, and no integrity in the journalism that is reported on a daily basis.

    If we don’t agree with the left, than you are labeled a “hater” or racist.

    Atheists have more freedom than Christians these days……completely sad state of affairs.

    Morals are completely optional.

    Whether you like James or not, if he was discriminated against for religous purposes, he should be re-hired.

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