Christian Football Analyst Fired by Fox Sports Strikes Back

By:  Dave Bohon
09/30/2013
       
Christian Football Analyst Fired by Fox Sports Strikes Back

Fox Sports is facing a possible religious discrimination lawsuit by the former NFL star and football analyst Craig James, who was fired by the network over comments he made about homosexuality and same-sex "marriage" while running for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

Craig James, who played during the 1980s for the New England Patriots, was terminated by Fox Sports just two days after he was hired this summer, after comments he made during a campaign debate surfaced in the news. James was running as a Republican for the Senate seat in Texas that was ultimately filled by Ted Cruz.

The Christian News Network reported that during a debate before the 2012 Republican primary, “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.”

Craig said he believed that America's “moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up.” He emphasized, “I’m a guy who believes in [marriage between] 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.”

As for same-sex "marriage," Craig said that “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.” He added that “we should not give benefits to those in civil unions. We have to stay strong on this. This is important.... 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.”

James was hired by Fox Sports Southwest on August 30 of this year to appear as an on-air college football analyst for the network's post-game show. But after his comments came to light, he worked just one game before being fired by Fox Sports on September 2. Fox Sports quickly announced that “Craig James will not be making any further appearances on FOX Sports Southwest’s football coverage this season.”

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Photo of Craig James: AP Images

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