Skip to comments.Did ESPN’s Chris Broussard Rally the Religious ‘Duck Dynasty’ Movement?
Posted on 12/23/2013 9:48:26 PM PST by Impala64ssa
ESPN analyst Chris Broussard, who drew a firestorm of controversy earlier this year following his anti-gay remarks regarding NBA basketball player Jason Collins, took to Twitter last week and told people of faith to stand 4 what you believe! less than 24 hours after the Duck Dynasty suspension of star Phil Robertson.
Men & women of God always stand 4 what u believe! he wrote in the tweet at 1:48 p.m., which went widely unnoticed on Thursday. DO NOT FOLD, BUCKLE or BACK UP! he added.
Broussard, a devout Christian, didnt specifically mention Robertson in his tweet. He did not respond to a request via Twitter for elaboration on his comments nor did he address any of the followers who inquired as well.
Reached for comment last Thursday, an ESPN spokesman clarified on Monday that the NBA analyst wasnt referring to the Duck Dynasty patriarch, who was put on indefinite hiatus last week after comparing homosexuality to bestiality.
Chris told us the tweet was not specific to the Duck Dynasty issue, said the rep for the all-sports network. The spokesman would not elaborate as to what, if anything, Broussard was specifically referencing.
But the timing and nature of Broussards religion-tinged post certainly brought to mind Robertsons own embattled cause.
It also was the first time the NBA analyst specifically addressed his religious followers since the Collins incident.
Regardless of whether Broussard was referencing Robertson or not regarding the tweet in question, he still certainly ran afoul of ESPNs strict social-media guidelines, which prohibit any sort of messaging that advocates any kind of political or religious sentiment that isnt relevant to the networks core content.
The first and only priority is to serve ESPN sanctioned efforts, including sports news, information and content, according to the guidelines, which cite suspension and termination as potential consequences of social-media infractions.
While ESPN is taking Broussard at his word that he wasnt citing Duck Dynasty, a source at the network noted the tweet was used an opportunity to remind him of the social-network guidelines hes expected to follow.
Back in April, Broussard made similar national headlines when he slammed Collins decision to come out as the first openly gay NBA player.
I believe thats walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ, he said on television in response to the news, adding that Collins and similar homosexuals were living in unrepentant sin.
ESPN later issued an apology, saying the network regretted that the NBA commentators remarks cast a pall over Collins public decision. But unlike A&E, ESPN decided not to suspend Broussard.
Robertson has cited his Christian morality as reason for the GQ magazine remarks (I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together, he later stated) and has since received support from high-profile conservatives such as Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.
The controversy has also prompted hundreds of thousands of Robertson supporters to protest his suspension in petitions, including IStandWithPhil.com.
Hopefully many more will jump into the fray and create a trend.
You never know. If is takes a two month old magazine interview to bolster some in their faith, then so be it.
“God works in mysterious ways.”
Maybe I am weird. But I have gospel eyes now. I look for God affirming what is good. Anybody can rail at what’s bad. That’s so jejune.
What would be a great sign? I think, ex-gays coming out of their private Christian closet would be. They have been too cowed by Satan’s threats to smear them, to do that. They perhaps don’t realize that Satan’s smears mean nothing in the long run when God is for them.
Walkin’ off the plantation can’t get you fired.
[can] get you fired.
Fired? He’s a member of a protected minority; they would not DARE, unless they really want to go out of business! ;)
Not to criticize or take away from anything Broussard has said....but he does have one thing protecting him Phil Robertson does not...Broussard’s black...and ESPN Is afraid of Blacks even more than Gays
Federal law protects employees from religious-based discrimination, and requires reasonable accommodation of religious exercise. I’d say Broussard’s comments are protected by federal law and his employment is/should be safe.
I don't know. Doesn't this mean he's an "uncle tom?"
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