ESPN admits mistake on Chris Broussard's Jason Collins comments

10:08 AM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
ESPN's Chris Broussard. (Photo: ESPN)
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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."


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