Former New England Patriots running back and U.S. Senate candidate Craig James appeared on TheBlaze TV Friday with Stu Burguiere to discuss what Burguiere described as his "whirlwind career" as a Fox Sports Southwest commentator that lasted "a mere day."
James was fired in early September over what he believes was religious discrimination, saying one quote in particular got him in trouble: "People choose to be gay...I think it's a choice. I do. Same-sex marriage, if someone chooses to do that, that's done. And God's going to judge each one of us in this room for our actions. And in that case right there, they're going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions."
It should be noted, though, that the quote didn't come during his day-long stint with Fox Sports Southwest, but rather fifteen months earlier, when he was running for the United States Senate in Texas.
"This is a biblical belief that I have the right to," James remarked. "I'm not going to let this thing go unchallenged; it's just unacceptable."
James explained that he wasn't targeting homosexuals over any other group, but that "we're all going to be judged for the choices that we make in life. I'm going to be judged, and I'm good to go with that. And in our country we have the freedom to do that."
His lawyer, Hiram Sasser of the Liberty Institute, added: "Here's what's really amazing about this -- Fox Sports Southwest came looking for Craig James. He didn't apply for a position. They asked him to come on board...And then the weekend later to flip around. And not only to just can him, but to smear his name in these publications, in the Dallas Morning News, in Sports Illustrated — to go around smearing his name is just horrible."
James also said that his views are well-known, though he doesn't "run [people] over" with them, and he's never had an issue before.
He remains positive, telling viewers: "I believe the Lord put me in this position for a reason. He's prepared me for this, he knows that I worship him and I have that freedom to do that. I care what he thinks about me, not what the world thinks about me. And in this situation here, I hope people realize it's not about me. This is about an American who was fired from a job, that is being punished for a biblical belief that my religious liberties give me a right to have. That's why I'm hoping people rally around the concept, not just me."
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