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Amazingly, FOX Fires Football Commentator For Anti-Gay Remarks

196px-National_Football_League_2008.svgCraig James managed to make one appearance on FOX Sports Southwest before being fired for anti-gay comments he made while running for office in Texas. James joined FOX Sports Southwest in August.

James said in a debate back in February 2012 that gays should “answer to the Lord for their actions” and that homosexuality is a choice. He attacked his opponent for the seat, Tom Leppert, for attending a Pride Parade.

It has been reported that James had not been fully vetted yet by FSSN, and that he made only one appearance during the first weekend of the college football season. A FOX Sports spokesperson told Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated that “Craig James will not be making any further appearances on Fox Sports Southwest’s football coverage this season.”

Craig James via Texas Tribune

Craig James via Texas Tribune

A FOX spokesman told Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News that “We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department. He couldn’t say those things here.”

Which is kind of odd given the number of people associated with FOX who have yet to be fired for their anti-gay comments, news articles, and lies.

FSSW executive producer Mike Anastassiou said back when James was hired that “We’re excited to add Craig to the FOX Sports Southwest team. 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.”

James left ESPN after he was removed from commenting on football for a time over a controversy involving his son and Texas Tech coach Mike Leach.



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