ESPN's Chris Broussard. (Photo: ESPN)
By Chris Chase, USA TODAY
Two weeks after ESPN reporter Chris Broussard called homosexuality a sin on Outside the Lines, ESPN president John Skipper spoke about the controversial comments at the network's upfront presentations in New York.
The network released a statement hours after Broussard made the comments in April, but Skipper's quote goes into greater depth.
Via Richard Deistch of Sports Illustrated:
"I think we did great other than we made one mistake: The mistake was not being more careful with Chris Broussard, and there is a collective responsibility there. Chris Broussard's job was to come on and talk about the news of the league, how the league was representing it, and through a series of events he made personal comments which was a mistake.
[...] We don't quarrel with his right to have any personal point of view, although we do assert as a company that we have a tolerant point of view, we are a diverse company, and that does not represent what our company thinks."
That's a firm rejection of Broussard's beliefs, even if there's more parsing and careful phrasing than a White House press conference.
If you watch the OTL excerpt, the discussion begins with "news of the league" before delving into Granderson and Broussard's personal beliefs at the seven-minute mark. However, it sounds like a cop-out for Skipper to blame the transition of that discussion on a "series of events."