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Fox Sports Commentator

FIRED For Homophobic Comments ... BUT

9/8/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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A FOX Sports Southwest commentator was reportedly fired for making some pretty awful anti-gay comments ... the wrinkle is that he hurled the homophobic remarks long before he was hired.

Craig James -- a star at SMU and a former member of the New England Patriots in the '80s -- ran for a senate seat in Texas.  During a 2012 debate, he had some choice words:  Gay people "would answer to the Lord for their actions," and being gay was a choice.

James was hired last month by Fox Sports Southwest and then reportedly fired after just one appearance.  According to the Dallas Morning News, an unnamed Fox Sports honcho said, "We just asked ourselves how Craig's statements would play in our human resources department."

Apparently Fox didn't fully vet the dude.  The question -- should he be sacked for statements he made before coming on board?

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Jordan    

There is Free Speech in the USA, But if you say something Publicly . and you work for a Public company, than they have the right to fire you for what you say.

417 days ago
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Sharon1826    

Yes...there is a price too party for being bigot, racist, and an IDIOT.

417 days ago
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Nick    

Off with the bigot's head!

417 days ago
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Nick    

I don't care if it is a PC witch hunt. Memo to bigots: shut the F up! Society has no use for your ignorant ravings anymore!

417 days ago
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I-See-Dumb-People    

This bigot ran as a republican. Being a homophobe must be a prerequisite to run as a teapublican. Also, apparently there was no formal contract signed between James and Fox Sports. Maybe Rush Lintball will hire him.

417 days ago
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Mike D.    

Gay people "would answer to the Lord for their actions," and being gay was a choice".

This is his opinion-maybe he is christian and this is what he believes.

417 days ago
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Nick    

TMZ, I accuse you of faking your polls! How do you have 2166 poll responses on a story that has been up for less than 15 minites, has 5 comments and 1 retweet in the same time?

417 days ago
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Jordan    

On the other Hand there are Media outlets such as TMZ that allow their employees to make On Air Racial Comments with no Consequences. Harvey allows his employees to make Racial, Homophobic comments and nothing will happen to them. Just Look at their piece on Black Babies, Harvey is saying that it is OK for White Rich Celebrity woman to Own Black Babies. To use them as Slave Labor when they grow up.

417 days ago
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SDB    

Homosexuals are taking over everything and everyone. That's why I love what president Putin is doing over in Russia.

417 days ago
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Pablo Escabar    

Tell your boss you're gay and you'll have a job for life.

417 days ago
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CJK5H    

Karma. The families of the 5 hookers allegedly killed while he was taking payoffs at SMU will be pleased. The Pirate smiled.

417 days ago
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boricua4669    

Absolutely !! If Paula Deen was punished severely for what she might have said in the past, this "MOFO" should go through the same judgement !! Especially if he's running for public office or a public company position !

417 days ago
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DumbingDown    

What religious zealot doesn't believe the same thing? The problem in this country (and world) stems from religion....ALL religions.

417 days ago
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Philo Beddoe    

It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. From his douchebag days as a "football expert" on ESPN to running Mike Leach out of Texas Tech because his spoiled brat son wasn't getting playing time under Leach to his horribly failed run in politics to now this. Hope he saved some of that money he was taking from the SMU boosters! Dude has literally been an asshat for his entire adult life.

417 days ago
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2percent    

I think that it is pure prejudice when you assume that no one is able to change. on the other hand it is their purgative to fire anyone they chose

417 days ago
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