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Craig James files religious discrimination complaint against FOX

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Former Patriots running back Craig James has filed a complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission, saying that FOX Sports discriminated against him on the basis of his religion when it took him off the air after one week as a college football commentator.

When James lost his job with FOX Sports Southwest, a network spokesman was quoted as saying James didn’t fit in with the company because of the anti-gay statements he had made when he ran for the United States Senate in 2012. James is now claiming that by firing him for his anti-gay statements, FOX discriminated against him for his religious beliefs. James’s representatives called FOX taking him off the air an “outrageous example of workplace bigotry against people of faith.”

During his campaign, James criticized another candidate for attending a gay pride parade and said homosexuals “are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.” James, who quit a previous job at ESPN to run for Senate, received just 4 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. He attempted to get back into broadcasting after his political defeat but has not been on the air other than that one week at FOX Sports Southwest.

FOX Sports has described James as “a polarizing figure” and says that’s the real reason it doesn’t want him on the air. This complaint will do nothing to change the perception that James is polarizing.

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10 Responses to “Craig James files religious discrimination complaint against FOX”
  1. pkrlvr says: Feb 26, 2014 8:40 PM

    When your religion allows you discriminate against and pass judgement upon large portions of the population, you got the wrong religion…

  2. badger411 says: Feb 26, 2014 8:40 PM

    This is not religious discrimination. He has the right to make those statements. And Fox has the right to terminate him at any point. They don’t need a reason. It is no different than the Duck Dynasty character. That is what they call “right to work,” which is something conservatives want. I am certain that he had a personal conduct clause in his contract. Fox would have been crazy to not have such language present given his history of such statements, and the debacle that was his son’s career at Texas Tech.

  3. 4thqtrsaint says: Feb 26, 2014 8:40 PM

    This is what happens when a turd doesn’t realize he’s a turd.

  4. packerbackernj says: Feb 26, 2014 8:42 PM

    Guess fox sports i different then fox news, otherwise he would have gotten a promotion.

  5. fdugrad says: Feb 26, 2014 8:42 PM

    Religious freedom suit…Now THAT’S a “Hail Mary.”

  6. andyr2120 says: Feb 26, 2014 8:44 PM

    Prepare to lose, sir.

  7. jimw81 says: Feb 26, 2014 10:33 PM

    Two words: Mike Leach

  8. vols84 says: Feb 26, 2014 11:09 PM

    Mike Leach remembers

  9. bigjim50010 says: Feb 27, 2014 3:25 AM

    somewhere mike leach is laughing…..

  10. sandy102270 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:30 PM

    Why did they hire him in the first place if he was so polarizing? It isn’t like that was something that happened in his one week on the air.

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