Christian Broadcaster Craig James Charges Discrimination After Fox Sports Fires Him for Opposing Gay Marriage
By Leonardo Blair, CP Reporter
Former ESPN Broadcaster and one-time NFL player for the New England Patriots, Craig James, says he was “shocked” after Fox Sports Southwest fired him over two weeks ago for publicly declaring his Christian views opposing gay marriage.
“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 News in a report on Monday. “That is not right and surely someone made a terrible mistake.”
In an announcement on Aug. 30, 2013, that has since been removed, Fox Sports Southwest stated that James would be joining its Fox College Saturday studio team rounded out by Erin Hartigan and Ex-NFL quarterback Tony Banks.
“We’re excited to add Craig to the FOX Sports Southwest team,” executive producer Mike Anastassiou noted in the announcement. “He’s a talented broadcaster who I’ve admired throughout his career. His knowledge of college football and the experience he brings as an analyst will be a tremendous asset to our coverage.”
A day after his first appearance on air, however, Fox Sports Southwest’s general manager Jon Heidtke who had hired him, told James he had been fired. Top officials at Fox Sports, he said, were informed about comments James made about same-sex marriage during his failed bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2012 and were uncomfortable.
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