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Broadcaster Craig James Charges Discrimination After Fox Sports Fires Him for Opposing Gay Marriage
Christian Post ^ | 09/25/2013 | BY LEONARDO BLAIR

Posted on 09/25/2013 5:03:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

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.

In his comments last year, James maintained that homosexuality is a choice and those who engage in the practice will have to answer to God.

"I think it's [homosexuality] a choice, I do," said James in response to a question during the Texas debate. "I think that you have to make that choice. But in that case right there, they are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions. We should not give benefits to those civil unions," he added.

Despite his views, however, James said he has always acted in a professional manner with those who don't share his views.

"I have worked in broadcasting for 24 years and have always treated my colleagues with respect and dignity regardless of their background or personal beliefs. I believe it is essential in our business to maintain professional relationships with people from a diverse background and have tolerance for those of different beliefs. I have never discussed my faith while broadcasting and it has never been an issue until now," he said.

In a demand letter sent to Fox Sports Southwest on Tuesday and posted below, James' legal counsel from the Liberty Institute demand that he be reinstated within 48 hours, by Thursday, or face further legal action.

During his Senate run last year, James shared thoughts on his faith in a two-minute video posted on YouTube. "I've been a believer of Jesus Christ my entire life," he notes in the video. "I really took a committed step in college through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and it's through that movement that I've had a daily walk with my Lord and Savior," he added.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: craigjames; foxsports; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; homosexuality

1 posted on 09/25/2013 5:03:45 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

He didn’t even say it on the job or after he was hired!

***”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.”***

Screw FOX.


2 posted on 09/25/2013 5:08:08 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: SeekAndFind

He made his statement long before he had any affiliation with Fox. This is really petty on their part. I don’t know the law down there, but I wonder if he has a religious discrimination claim.


3 posted on 09/25/2013 5:09:09 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

I sympathize to a degree with Craig, but I also believe at the same time that employers should have the right to fire employees “at will”.


4 posted on 09/25/2013 5:10:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

He needs to sue on the basis that they illegally discriminated against him because of his religion.


5 posted on 09/25/2013 5:12:06 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: Irenic

Great stuff - thanks for this information.

Let’s whack Cornyn.


6 posted on 09/25/2013 5:12:14 PM PDT by Adult Dog
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To: SeekAndFind

And Fox is a so-called “conservative” outfit.


7 posted on 09/25/2013 5:12:15 PM PDT by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bttt


8 posted on 09/25/2013 5:14:02 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama (The Doomsday Clock is at 11:59:00......tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.....)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d be interested in seeing what was in his contract . If it was anything like mine in my broadcasting days the contract probably had stipulations that mentioned bringing an unfavorable light on his employer. That clause can be used to get rid of you easily.


9 posted on 09/25/2013 5:15:04 PM PDT by CARTOUCHE (This nation is teats up.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bttt


10 posted on 09/25/2013 5:15:10 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama (The Doomsday Clock is at 11:59:00......tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.....)
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To: jpl

“And Fox is a so-called “conservative” outfit.”
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Good grief...If FOX goes to the dark side we will have no media at all.


11 posted on 09/25/2013 5:15:54 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: dfwgator

I agree, but they really should have vetted him before offering the job if this is a big deal to them.


12 posted on 09/25/2013 5:15:57 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SeekAndFind
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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Disgusting.

13 posted on 09/25/2013 5:17:58 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: AlexW

If FOX goes to the dark side...”

FOX has already gone to the dark side.


14 posted on 09/25/2013 5:20:44 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: AlexW

Good grief...If FOX goes to the dark side we will have no media at all.


“IF”????


15 posted on 09/25/2013 5:22:49 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: SeekAndFind

That Fox News is fair and balanced and has no Spin.... IS A MYTH....


16 posted on 09/25/2013 5:30:25 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Grams A; chasio649

“FOX has already gone to the dark side.”
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I guess that is why I have lost interest, and rarely watch now. Every time I turned on FOX, it would happen to be when that fatso Beckel and nerdy Colmes were on that group thing.
I guess all one can say is that it is not quite as bad as PMSNBC or the Commie News Network. Fortunately. my G-Sat does not carry either of them.
Most all of my news comes from FREE REPUBLIC :)


17 posted on 09/25/2013 5:31:00 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Irenic

It is discrimination to fire gays but it is acceptable to fire Christians. This is how it works out—the gay movement is all about forced compliance and no freedom of speach.


18 posted on 09/25/2013 5:46:59 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: SeekAndFind
It is not enough that you must tolerate the gays.

No, you must agree with them, and hold their beliefs dear.

19 posted on 09/25/2013 5:52:32 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gee imagine that, a normal man is disgusted by a couple of perverted butt lickers getting married.


20 posted on 09/25/2013 5:59:41 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: AlexW; Grams A; chasio649
While I agree Fox News is not conservative (I never thought it was) Fox Sports is an entirely different entity that Fox News.

News should be NEWS, just facts, no slant. Sports is NOT news.

21 posted on 09/25/2013 6:00:04 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good for Craig - maybe a law suit will put a damper on this crap at least until sharia takes over and all of the homos and Christians are killed.


22 posted on 09/25/2013 6:00:42 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: cradle of freedom
What bothers me most is that they obviously didn't check him out beforehand to see if he meets gay agenda standards, they hire him and then:

Top officials at Fox Sports, he said, were informed about comments James made about same-sex marriage

Did he leave a job for FOX, did he not accept other offers because of FOX and then he's dumped wham-bam? I thinbk a company should be able to fire at will but I also believe they have a responsibility to thoroughly check a person to ensure they meet whatever standards FOX may have.

The 'were informed' part bothers me the most. Will this be happening to all employees everywhere? Somebody 'informs' on you about some post on the net, a comment recorded at a baseball game, that isn't up to gay agenda enforcers standards???? 1984, indeed.

23 posted on 09/25/2013 6:06:40 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: jpl

Fox is of the left. I watched them before they were on any cable systems... I watched them when they first started broadcasting via C-Band satellite. They were Conservative in the beginning... they are no longer even fair and balanced.


24 posted on 09/25/2013 6:14:12 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Irenic

Gays—the new Stasi.


25 posted on 09/25/2013 6:28:57 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom

Yeppers.


26 posted on 09/25/2013 6:30:44 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: AlexW
Most all of my news comes from FREE REPUBLIC :)

I'm in the same boat as you. The only thing I trust anymore is FR, and I'm not even in the same country as you !

27 posted on 09/25/2013 6:47:20 PM PDT by Dartman (Mubarak and Gaddafi are going to look like choirboys when this is over)
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To: Dartman

“I’m not even in the same country as you ! “
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No, but I am much farther away from the USSA then you are ;)


28 posted on 09/25/2013 6:52:08 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: AlexW; chasio649

I gave up the FOX Business channel when my sat rates went up but I still wanted to watch Cavuto in the afternoon. You must have happened on to it when the The Five came on, particularly if it included Dana Perino whom I’ve labeled the Snarky one.

Last two times I’ve tuned into Cavuto though Graham and McCain were on so I just went ahead and added it to my blocked list. I’m now down to watching NCIS, CSI:Los Angeles and Flashpoint.
Seems like all of my news comes from Free Republic.


29 posted on 09/25/2013 7:02:38 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: hosepipe

RE: That Fox News is fair and balanced and has no Spin.... IS A MYTH....

I wonder if there is a difference in political philosophy between different divisions of FOX. FOX News vs FOX Sports vs FOX Business...


30 posted on 09/26/2013 4:30:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: cradle of freedom

The Stasi was secret. This is wide open to the public. So the term Chekist applies.


31 posted on 09/26/2013 6:58:35 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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