Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Craig James Fired for Homophobic Comments

Craig James may be beautiful on the outside -- and No. 9 on my list of the 50 Hottest NFL Players of All Time -- but the former Southern Methodist superstar is ugly on the inside.

TMZ reports:
A FOX Sports Southwest commentator was reportedly fired for making some pretty awful anti-gay comments ... the wrinkle is that he hurled the homophobic remarks long before he was hired. Craig James -- a star at SMU and a former member of the New England Patriots in the '80s -- ran for a senate seat in Texas. During a 2012 debate, he had some choice words: Gay people "would answer to the Lord for their actions," and being gay was a choice. James was hired last month by Fox Sports Southwest and then reportedly fired after just one appearance. According to the Dallas Morning News, an unnamed Fox Sports honcho said, "We just asked ourselves how Craig's statements would play in our human resources department." Apparently Fox didn't fully vet the dude. The question -- should he be sacked for statements he made before coming on board?
Um, yes. But get ready for the "religious discrimination" lawsuits to begin. Sad, because he was so nice to Michael and me when we met him at our hotel in West Hollywood a couple years ago.


David said...

One has to wonder, when someone makes the ludicrous claim that people choose to be gay, that they themselves are gay and have chosen to live a "straight lifestyle" by repressing their sexuality.

Liam said...

Just because FOX Sports said they fired him for homophobic statements, I doubt that's the case. First, he said these things years ago (pre his current broadcasting contract) during a televised political debate. He was running for US Senate against Ted Cruz and his comments were widely broadcast. Second, there are a number of rumors that James was directly involved in having a Texas college's football coach fired because he refused to play James' son. I'm inclined to think that FOX Sports had a bad apple on their hands and is trying to make it seem like they've been pro-gay all along by advancing this lame reason.