ESPN is hilarious.
I swear, they’re better at making PR for themselves than Donald Trump does for…Donald Trump.
On Monday, just hours after the Jason Collins-is-gay story broke, ESPN had a showdown of sorts between staffers Chris Broussard, a Christian, and LZ Granderson, an openly gay male.
Remember, ESPN organized this, it wasn’t something the two men decided to do and asked ESPN for permission to make it happen.
ESPN thought it was a good idea to have an openly CHRISTIAN person engage in a debate about homosexuality with an openly HOMOSEXUAL person.
So, they booked them each for an appearance on ESPN in the early afternoon on Monday.
Broussard spoke about the Jason Collins announcement from his own, Christian point of view. We know, naturally, where that path is headed. He condemned the lifestyle of Collins – and Granderson, too, for that matter. Granderson followed up with his own defense of the gay lifestyle since, HELLO!, he leads that lifestyle himself.
There was nothing at all offensive or derogatory or in any way out of line said by either guy, to me.
In fact, much like professional wrestlers, these two men – Broussard and Granderson – are professional friends and have discussed the idea of homsosexuality on numerous occasions when sharing a flight or a drink or a meal.
ESPN quickly apologized, saying “We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today’s news.”
First off, you brought the two employees on the air, knowing full well they had opposite views on the subject.
Then, you apologized because it became “a distraction”.
And, if you don’t mind me asking, just how did it become a distraction? Because a Christian man condemned a gay man’s lifestyle as “a sin”?
It makes sense now. ESPN invites a Christian man on the air to get him to comment on a gay athlete. Then, when the Christian man criticizes the gay man’s lifestyle, it’s a “distraction”.
Wait, it doesn’t make any sense at all.
It would be akin to asking the guy who started Morton’s Steakhouse to engage in a debate with the local leader of Vegans-Are-Us.
When the Morton’s guy said, “I think you non-meat-eaters are nuts…sink your teeth into a nice filet and you’ll see what I mean”, would he be deemed a distraction too?
ESPN got what they asked for when they had Broussard and Granderson on the air. They presented opposing views – which they knew they’d get – and it was done in a decent, respectful manner.
But — because a lot of America is now more afraid of God and Christianity than they are sympathetic to the gay community, it’s deemed a “distraction” when religion meets personal choice.
LOL at ESPN.
Afraid of their own shadow…
I said it yesterday and haven’t changed my mind today.
I wouldn’t have voted for Roberto Alomar for the Orioles Hall of Fame.
He played three years in Baltimore, and one of them was a jake-effort in 1998. Alomar was a terrific baseball player, perhaps the best 2nd baseman I’ve seen in the last 20 years, and while he was – in my opinion – a rightful selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he does not belong in the Orioles Hall of Fame.
Robby Alomar had two very good seasons in Baltimore and was part of two winning teams.
Who’s next, Nate McLouth?
It all starts tonight for the Caps as they host the Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs in Washington.
Let’s see which team shows up for Adam Oates.
If it’s the “new” Caps, they’ll win 4-2 and get the series off to a good start.
If the “old” Caps are still going to display their usual playoff stink, they’ll lose tonight, 2-1 in OT, and the tide of the series will immediately shift to the Rangers.
The old Caps show up.
They seemingly always do.
I hope I’m wrong.
If you haven’t heard Rick from Reisterstown call the Derby for us on the air, tomorrow morning at 7:45 am is your chance.
It’s worth the price of admission.
And since it costs you nothing at all to listen, you can probably figure out the punch line.
Trust me though, you’ll laugh.
If you make it through the whole thing, that is.