Sports Commentator Fired Over Past Remarks That Homosexuals Will ‘Answer to the Lord for Actions’

Craig James ytDALLAS — After only a week on the job, a former NFL star and ESPN commentator was fired from his new position at FOX Sports Southwest this week after video footage surfaced of comments he made last year expressing that homosexuals will have to “answer to the Lord for their actions.”

Craig James played for the New England Patriots in the 1980’s and later became a sportscaster for ESPN. In 2011, he decided to run for the U.S. Senate, and participated in a number of debates, including the 2012 event that recently cost him his job.

During the debate, Craig was asked about his views on homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.” As a Christian, he responded that he could not support unBiblical behavior, and neither should any other civil leader.

“I think that this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up–the leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades,” he said. “I can assure you, I will never ride in a gay parade. Our kids out there…People need to see examples. I’m a guy who believes in [the union of] a man and a woman, [and] the greatest government is occurring in a home at night between a husband and wife, Adam and Eve, and what the Bible says.”

Craig was then asked if he believes men and women choose to be homosexual.

“I think it’s a choice; I do,” he replied. “Same-sex marriage, if someone chooses to do that, that’s them. And God’s going to judge each one of us in this room for our actions. And in that case right there, they’re going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.”

“We should not give benefits to those civil unions,” James continued. “We have to stay strong on this. This is important, man. I’ll tell you what, we have a fiscal issue in this country, [but] we also have a moral issue in this country, and as Christians, we’ve got to stand up.”

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His response then drew applause from the crowd, but not so much when FOX officials saw the footage.

“We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department,” an unnamed FOX representative told reporters. “He couldn’t say those things here.”

“Craig James will not be making any further appearances on FOX Sports Southwest’s football coverage this season,” they advised.

Reaction to James’ firing has largely been negative.

“How sad that these sports networks claiming they are about diversity and openness completely shun the conservative or Christian view. This is absolutely wrong and spits in the face of what you claim to be,” one commenter wrote. “[FOX is] not open-minded or accepting of other’s opinions or beliefs, which makes you the hypocrite. The sad thing is that many of Mr. James’ fellow announcers feel as he and the majority of America does, but are not brave enough to stand for what’s right for fear of retribution or losing their job as Craig did.”

“Shame on you FOX Sports,” they said. “God bless you, Mr. James. It’s good to see someone stand for their beliefs.”

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  • victoria

    I think what happened to Craig James is discrimination and a hate crime. He needs to file a lawsuit- the same way a gay person would if they had been fired. Its the same thing.

  • Everyone will answer to the Lord; not only for their actions, but thoughts and imaginations as well. One impure thought, separates us from an All Holy God. We are in need of a Savior, and the Good News is that God has given us a Savior in Jesus Christ! And He gives us this Grace, as a Gift, without cost, to whoever repents and believes the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • BeBe Ivy

    There will come a day when we will ALL stand before a Holy God and give an account of our life. God created NO ONE for damnation, He created us ALL with a free will to choose, even the angels. Choose wisely. God Created, Ordained, Authored and Sanctified Holy Matrimony. It is God’s Blessing for the family. Regardless of how man-kind tries to change the family unit, it is only God’s Master Plan for the family that will receive a Blessing.

    How foolish we are to think we can change what God has Orchestrated. God loves His creation, each and everyone of us. But, oh how it breaks His Heart when we turn against His Plans for us. It is only the true believer that has the love of God in his heart to warn a fallen world of the ramifications. The world in the day of Noah didn’t listen. The town in the day of Sodom and Gomorrah didn’t listen. But the town of Nineveh did listen, repented and was spared.

    Please, please, we must all repent of all wickedness and turn to Him before it is too late. The world need not take our word for it, all that have to do is read God’s Holy Word. What a blessing you are to God, Craig James. Thank you for speaking The Truth.

  • Rhonda Rhodes McGee

    It is without a doubt a discrimination against Mr. James to fire him for his beliefs and his right to voice his beliefs. This is a travesty. It is highly unlikely that as a sports commentator he would go off on a rant about his belief system of marriage in this society or that he would condemn anyone on a sports program for being gay. However it is completely his right to answer questions such as the ones posed to him when he was running for office. The two jobs and activities are not intertwined. The Fox sports employers do have the right to ask that Mr. James not discuss his beliefs on their television programs and that would be ethically correct for them to do. They do not, however, have the right to fire him for his beliefs. This is ridiculous.