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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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16.

static    

You pro gay zealots are as bad as the Taliban, no room for dissent.

388 days ago
17.

Enlightened    

So now freedom of religion must take a back seat to the tyranny of the Gay Mafia? A Christian whose RELIGIOUS TEACHINGS support the position that homosexuality is a SIN, must now keep quite for fear of being fired??? What an absolute outrage.
I hope he sues their asses for all they are worth.

And by the way, for some, homosexuality IS a choice. NYC mayoral frontrunner Bill DiBlasio's wife, Chirlane, was a practicing lesbian for YEARS, then CHOOSE to switch to heterosexuality, married Bill, had two kids, and is now set to be the next first lady of NYC. If homosexuality ISN'T a choice, then explain THAT miraculous turnaround. Oh, forgive me, I forgot. You bullying, hate-mongering gays aren't intelligent enough to engage in thoughtful debate. You can only deal in juvenile name-calling and attempt to silence all who disagree with you..

Christianity is still LEGAL in this country, and those who believe in its tenets still have a right to express those opinions. The tyranny and suppression of freedom of speech by the gay leftist mafia is equal to that found in any third-world dictatorship.

388 days ago
18.

jay26mc    

It's not like he called gay people any type of derogatory term he just expressed his religious belief on the matter. Crazy, I thought we lived in a country where the citizens were allowed to practice whatever religion they wanted.

388 days ago
19.

Vote2012    

The people in this country are fools if they think this is a free country, our rights were taken away long ago. If you don't believe me then this story is proof. We no longer have freedom of speech in the USA , try saying the word bomb in an airport, fire in a movie or utter a gay slur in public and see what happens.

388 days ago
20.

JaysOnFeat    

He said nothin homoPhobic at all Just stayed his opinion.

388 days ago
21.

miss b    

Gay check....


1. Are you a man?


2. Do you sit down to pee?

388 days ago
22.

basebrat    

wow. intolerance is not freedom of speech, ya red-necked, low-IQ, knuckle-draggers.

388 days ago
23.

Vince    

Good god everyone is so sensitive theses days..if your a *** deal with it. You want it to go away go back into the closet. There will always be comments and slurs....every race religion and sexual orientation has something to deal with. It is time to ignore the comments you dont like and start living your life.

388 days ago
24.

elias    

He has the right to say n believe whatever he likes just like the f@gs have the right ..he should have not been fired!! oh **** now i might lose my job too for saying this..but thats ok i hate my job anyways lol

388 days ago
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londonsexy29    

The reality is that the media outlets like tmz try to fool everyone into thinking that homosexuality is the normal.but if you look at it a good number of people in Hollywood are gay.everyone knows that homosexuals are some of the greatest entertainers and actors around.so every time we turn around some young handsome actor like Wentworth miller is sunrise!!! ....gay.Hollywood is a place where a lot of the homosexuals are drawn to.so whenever another star comes out stupid people think Wow homosexuality is more common than what I thought.the fact is Hollywood is not a reflection of the real world.homosexuality is their but it's not as common it's just Hollywood brain washing everyone into accepting homosexuality.when a good majority of people don't believe in it but are afraid to say anything against for fear of backlash.

388 days ago
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londonsexy29    

I meant to say surprise Lol!

388 days ago
27.

James420    

Homophobic means scared of gays. I don't think he is scared of them I think he just does not agree with them. Why is any one who does not support gays labeled as homophobic?

388 days ago
28.

NE1    

If all he said were those two things then whatever. I disagree with him but if he didn't his this particular platform for that, and if he isn't rude or disrepectful to any gay co-workers then perhaps he shouldn't have been fired. But there may be more to the story. I dunno. If he wants to speak out against gay people there's a whole already overflowing political realm to do so, if he keeps it about sports then he should keep his job.

388 days ago
29.

Bolivar    

It's great to see that Craig James is out of a job while Mike Leach is raking in the bucks and beating USC on national TV....

388 days ago
30.

Cognitive_Shift    

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It might not agree with yours or my own opinion but don't fire the guy cuz he is stupid enough to adhere to a 2000 year old ideology. Being stupid is not grounds for termination.

388 days ago
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