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UPDATE: ESPN said in a statement to E! News: "We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today's news. ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins' announcement."
Though NBA player Jason Collins was being applauded from many corners of the sporting world and beyond today for publicly revealing that he is gay, not everyone was clapping.
Asked his thoughts during an appearance on Outside the Lines about Collins also identifying himself as a Christian, ESPN The Magazine writer Chris Broussard didn't condone Collins for coming out. And he appears to be concerned for the Washington Wizards center's immortal soul as well.
In turn, Broussard's remarks—deemed offensive by many and courageous by many more—prompted an instant cry for ESPN to call foul on the longtime basketball analyst. (There's been no comment from the network as yet.)