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#1 TheOriginalCZM

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Posted May 14, 2013 - 02:51 PM


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The announcement by Jason Collins that he is gay two weeks ago was discussed shortly thereafter in an Outside The Lines segment on ESPN that triggered discussion and controversy due to moralistic comments made by Chris Broussard.

The Collins' story, which was broke exclusively by Sports Illustrated, did not become the lead story on ESPN.com for several hours as they continued to prominently feature the long-anticipated release of Tim Tebow by the New York Jets.

"I think we did great other than we made one mistake: The mistake was not being more careful with Chris Broussard, and there is a collective responsibility there," said ESPN president John Skipper in comments to Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch and other reporters. "Chris Broussard's job was to come on and talk about the news of the league, how the league was representing it, and through a series of events he made personal comments which was a mistake."

Skipper said he spoke with Broussard and producers of Outside The Lines following the telecast.

"I had a discussion with everybody. They said, 'Look, we brought [ESPN.com columnist] LZ Granderson on to talk from a personal point of view, and we brought Chris on as a reporter and it was a mistake for him to cross the line into a personal point of view there.' We don't quarrel with his right to have any personal point of view, although we do assert as a company that we have a tolerant point of view, we are a diverse company, and that does not represent what our company thinks."

Broussard said that homosexuality is a sin and it is a form of "walking in open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ."

Collins, like Broussard, is a Christian.



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Posted May 14, 2013 - 03:01 PM

Interesting.


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Posted May 14, 2013 - 04:01 PM


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Posted May 14, 2013 - 05:09 PM

we have been waiting for a resolution to this...

 

looks like he will keep his job, and have no repercussions



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Posted May 14, 2013 - 07:09 PM

Chris Is right on all accounts 



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Posted May 14, 2013 - 07:40 PM

Chris Is right on all accounts 

 

He is, in the aspect that he has the right to believe what he believes, just as the people who disagree with him do, as long as everyone is mature about it at the end of the day.


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Posted May 14, 2013 - 11:51 PM

really iffy on this. Chris really didn't have the right to say what he said because his employer did not put him on the program for it. he has the right to his opinion, does not have the right to broadcast it on ESPN. the only person who can give him that right is ESPN and they didn't.

 

he's lucky he kept his job tbh, unscripted rants on controversial subjects usually lead to firing. i think the biggest thing that kept chris immune was that this whole situation wasn't blown up into a big time issue. had that happened chris would be looking for a new job

 

this isn't much different than kanye west's "bush hates black people" situation


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Posted May 15, 2013 - 12:51 AM

He should have been fired. He voiced his opinion ( which is really,let's say,too "christian" for me) and it could ended up like that was a public opinion of the ESPN network which would let to law suits ect... If he's a professional,he had to shut up and wait till the end of the show and then voice his opinion or twitter or wherever,if that was so meaningful to him.


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Posted May 15, 2013 - 09:05 AM

He is, in the aspect that he has the right to believe what he believes, just as the people who disagree with him do, as long as everyone is mature about it at the end of the day.

 

 

Which matters more 

 

What we believe 

 

or 

 

If what we believe is true 


Edited by UNLABORED FLAWLESS, May 15, 2013 - 09:07 AM.


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Posted May 15, 2013 - 09:11 AM

 
 
 

Which matters more 

 

What we believe 

 

or 

 

If what we believe is true 

 

Truth leads to advancement, which will always happen, but in the United States, everyone has a natural or God given right (whatever you believe) because it is their right. There are a few areas in life where not one person can be absolutely correct in -- this is one of them. Nobody is debating law regarding this matter, which is a WHOLE other issue. This is a moral or ethical debate and everyone can have their own opinion respectfully.


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Posted May 15, 2013 - 11:36 AM

He should have been fired. He voiced his opinion ( which is really,let's say,too "christian" for me) and it could ended up like that was a public opinion of the ESPN network which would let to law suits ect... If he's a professional,he had to shut up and wait till the end of the show and then voice his opinion or twitter or wherever,if that was so meaningful to him.

 

Voicing opinions should never be grounds for being fired, unless it's some hate speech. Consider that those in support of Collins are expressing their own opinions on the gay issue. Would it really be right to fire Broussard because we don't like his opinion?



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Posted May 15, 2013 - 12:03 PM

Voicing opinions should never be grounds for being fired, unless it's some hate speech. Consider that those in support of Collins are expressing their own opinions on the gay issue. Would it really be right to fire Broussard because we don't like his opinion?

 

Well this wasn't some kind of hate speech? 

His firing wouldn't have nothing to do with his opinion as opinion and do people like it or not,but with his not professional behavior and bringing the whole company in jeopardy with unwillingness to keep his mouth shut. As a host you must be objective and calm.


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Posted May 15, 2013 - 12:25 PM

Well this wasn't some kind of hate speech? 

His firing wouldn't have nothing to do with his opinion as opinion and do people like it or not,but with his not professional behavior and bringing the whole company in jeopardy with unwillingness to keep his mouth shut. As a host you must be objective and calm.

 

ESPN was anything but objective on this subject. On both sides. 99% was cheering Collins as a hero. Again, a lot of us are for gay rights, but we demonize anyone who doesn't have that mindset. Broussard may have sounded a bit backwards, but he tried to reiterate the point that it was his own personal beliefs. Praise the commentators that support gay rights and fire another who is against it?



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Posted May 15, 2013 - 03:27 PM

Shocker, Broussard is a bonehead and an idiot.

 

Was anyone surprised about this?



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Posted May 15, 2013 - 03:33 PM

YES...

I am surprised that he got to keep his job...

 

They may not like his opinion, but he has the right complexion... so he keeps his job for now...

Shocker, Broussard is a bonehead and an idiot.

 

Was anyone surprised about this?



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Posted May 15, 2013 - 03:39 PM

They may not like his opinion, but he has the right complexion... so he keeps his job for now...

Damn.


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Posted May 15, 2013 - 07:59 PM

 
 
 

 

Truth leads to advancement, which will always happen, but in the United States, everyone has a natural or God given right (whatever you believe) because it is their right. There are a few areas in life where not one person can be absolutely correct in -- this is one of them. Nobody is debating law regarding this matter, which is a WHOLE other issue. This is a moral or ethical debate and everyone can have their own opinion respectfully.

 

 

 

 

 
Yes everyone does have the right to believe what they want to but again it goes back to the central question 
 
of what matters more 
 
 
what you believe 
 
or what you believe is actually true 
 
 
because when you talk about things such as morality. The 1st question must be asked where does morality come from. 
 
Most would say it comes from society, culture, or family values ect but there is a flaw in that logic because this statement cant be universal all the way around because of inconsistnecy of this statement 
 
 
 
For example if morality is determined by culture society or the individual ect then its impossible for you to say things such as murder, pedophilia rape ect are wrong. You cant say these things are wrong because if my morality dictates that these things are ok or good then these things are perfectly fine. You can think of any example you like but you will always have the same circular reasoning. 
 
 
 
 
Now if morality is determined by God 
 
You can determine what is right or wrong because he set the standard of what is right and wrong 
 
 
So if God said homosexuality is a sin and its wrong or murder pedophilia, rape ect and everything else chris covered in the video is wrong then this standard does not change simple because the individual feels entitled to having there own opinions on these matters 
 
 
 
Its either one or the other..it always has been 

Edited by UNLABORED FLAWLESS, May 15, 2013 - 08:02 PM.


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Posted May 15, 2013 - 10:19 PM

ESPN was anything but objective on this subject. On both sides. 99% was cheering Collins as a hero. Again, a lot of us are for gay rights, but we demonize anyone who doesn't have that mindset. Broussard may have sounded a bit backwards, but he tried to reiterate the point that it was his own personal beliefs. Praise the commentators that support gay rights and fire another who is against it?

OK,ESPN was subjective,but what I'm saying to you is that it doesn't matter if the statement he told was pro or contra gay rights,it's about not telling that statement. He used the frame he got on national TV and spoke his beliefs out. Although he reiterated that it was his opinion,he could have voiced his opinion on twitter,facebook or wherever if he wanted so bad that people hear his opinion. 

 

 


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Posted May 15, 2013 - 10:56 PM

Yes everyone does have the right to believe what they want to but again it goes back to the central question
 
of what matters more 
 
 
what you believe 
 
or what you believe is actually true 
 
 
because when you talk about things such as morality. The 1st question must be asked where does morality come from. 
 
Most would say it comes from society, culture, or family values ect but there is a flaw in that logic because this statement cant be universal all the way around because of inconsistnecy of this statement 
 
 
 
For example if morality is determined by culture society or the individual ect then its impossible for you to say things such as murder, pedophilia rape ect are wrong. You cant say these things are wrong because if my morality dictates that these things are ok or good then these things are perfectly fine. You can think of any example you like but you will always have the same circular reasoning. 
 
 
 
 
Now if morality is determined by God 
 
You can determine what is right or wrong because he set the standard of what is right and wrong 
 
 
So if God said homosexuality is a sin and its wrong or murder pedophilia, rape ect and everything else chris covered in the video is wrong then this standard does not change simple because the individual feels entitled to having there own opinions on these matters 
 
 
 
Its either one or the other..it always has been

 
And what matters more, in such regards, shall forever remain subjective. Things like ethics, morals, and religion can seldom be deductively proven in a sound manner, whatever side you are on.
 

So if God said homosexuality is a sin and its wrong or murder pedophilia, rape ect and everything else chris covered in the video is wrong then this standard does not change simple because the individual feels entitled to having there own opinions on these matters

Assuming one subscribed to the premise that morals came from God, they would be hypocritical not to subscribe to God's free will, allowing others to have their own belief as to where morals come from.

Judge ye not be judged.

If you have the time, please watch the film "Contact."

Its either one or the other..it always has been

On the contrary, I've always noticed option in this life. A duality. A separate path. Yin and yang. Left and right. On and off. It isn't one or the other; merely because we utilize one function, does not mean the counter opposite does not exist.

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